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PAST SPECIAL ALERT NOTICES

 

April 16, 2018

The Hawaii Department of Health Kauai Flood Water Warning

 

January 21, 2018

Due to the U.S. government shutdown, please be advised of the following national park updates from across the Hawaiian Islands.

O’ahu:
World War II Valor in the Pacific
https://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm

Maui:
Haleakalā
https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm

Island of Hawaiʻi:
Ala Kahakai
https://www.nps.gov/alka/index.htm

Hawai‘i Volcanoes
https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm

Kaloko-Honokōhau
https://www.nps.gov/kaho/index.htm

Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau
https://www.nps.gov/puhe/index.htm

Pu‘ukoholā Heiau
https://www.nps.gov/puhe/index.htm

Molokai:
Kalaupapa
https://www.nps.gov/kala/index.htm

 

OAHU’S ELECTRONIC DEVICE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BILL GOES INTO EFFECT ON OCTOBER 25, 2017

Please be advised that a new City and County of Honolulu ordinance that makes it illegal to look at a cellphone or other electronic device (such as video game or tablet) while crossing a street or highway on Oahu has gone into effect as of Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

The penalty for violating the new law is a fine of not less than $15, but not more than $35 for the first offense. The fine rises to a minimum of $75 and a maximum of $99 for a third offense within one year after the first infraction.

Click here for more information about the new law.

 

 

Re: Information on Rat Lungworm Disease in Hawai‘i
 

April 20, 2017
 

In 2017, Hawai‘i has experienced an unusual spike in rat lungworm infections, a rare disease most commonly found in Asia and the South Pacific.

As the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has emphasized, this disease is easily preventable by properly washing and storing food before eating.

At a news conference on April 19, State Health officials said consumers have nothing to fear when dining out, as restaurants and retail operations follow rules and regulations for food service.

Hawai‘i, which has 1.4 million residents and welcomed more than 8.9 million visitors in 2016, typically reports between one to 11 cases of rat lungworm disease annually.

The Department of Health is currently monitoring 11 confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease reported this year, with several additional suspected cases being investigated. Of the confirmed cases, six are from Maui, involving four residents and two visitors, with five residents from the island of Hawaii.

Rat lungworm disease, or Angiostrongyliasis, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm in rats, slugs and snails that is passed on to people under unusual circumstances.

People get infected by eating raw or undercooked snails or slugs infected with the parasite, or from eating raw produce (such as lettuce) that contains a small snail or slug or part of one.

Most recover fully without treatment. There is no medication or specific treatment for the disease. In the most severe cases, people can be afflicted with pain, neurological problems, and disability.

Preventing Infections

The Department of Health advises that people can prevent rat lungworm infection from occurring by using common sense precautions in the handling of food, including:

  • Appropriately storing, inspecting and washing all food, especially produce.

  • Washing local produce thoroughly – no matter where it comes from – before eating.

  • Being diligent in controlling the spread of slugs, snails and rats on properties, especially if one maintains a home garden.

  • Watching young children while they play outdoors to prevent them from putting a snail or slug in their mouth.

For more information about rat lungworm disease, please click on the following link to the Hawaii State Department of Health website.

Travel to Hawai‘i

Leisure travelers or business groups can book their Hawai‘i trips with confidence, as no travel health advisories have been issued related to rat lungworm disease.

October 11, 2016
 
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) continues to work closely with the Hawaii State Department of Health to monitor new cases of imported Zika being reported in the Hawaiian Islands. HTA is aware of one recently reported case (October 11) of imported Zika found in a resident on the island of Hawaii who acquired it while traveling to infected areas overseas. This individual is past the point of being infectious to mosquitoes.
 
It's important to note that there have been no locally acquired cases of Zika in the Hawaiian Islands to date.  Leisure travelers or business groups can book their Hawaii trip with confidence as no travel health advisories have been issued for Hawaii about Zika by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
There have also been no additional cases of locally acquired dengue fever reported on the island of Hawaii since April 26, 2016.
 
The Hawaii State Department of Health reminds the public to remain vigilant and take proactive measures in keeping Hawaii free of mosquito-borne diseases. Its Fight the Bite website provides useful tips and information on how you can protect yourself and Hawaii from the harm mosquitoes can cause. Simply using insect repellent while enjoying nature and taking steps to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes cluster and breed can help keep Hawaii safe and healthy.

For travel guidance, visit  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

For information on Zika and pregnancy, visit  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html.

For information on reported Hawai’i cases this year, visit  http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/dib/disease/mosquito-borne-diseases/.

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April 27, 2016

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has issued a statement in response to an announcement issued by the State of Hawaii that the outbreak of dengue fever has reached a milestone. No reports of recent incidences of locally acquired dengue fever in 30 days, however local officials caution that the public remain vigilant in their fight against mosquitos.

Click here for the statement from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and for official release from the office of the Governor of Hawaii.

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DIACRITICALS

HawaiiTourismAuthority.org recognizes the use of diacritical markings of the (modern) Hawaiian language including the `okina [`] or glottal stop and the kahakō [ō] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai`i such as Lāna'i). However, you may notice these diacritical markings have been omitted throughout the website to ensure the best online experience for our visitors. HawaiiTourismAuthority.org recognizes the importance of using these markings to preserve the language and culture of Hawaii and respectfully uses them in all communications beyond the online platform.

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