Hawaii Nursing Homes Receiving Nearly $40 Million to Stay Operational, Cover Cost of Staff, Testing, PPE

Senator Brian Schatz today announced that 39 nursing homes across Hawai‘i will receive nearly $40 million in new federal funding to stay operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new federal funds will cover lost revenue at nursing homes and additional expenses attributable to the coronavirus, including staffing, testing, treating patients, and purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19, so we need to make sure we are doing all we can to protect them,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This new federal funding will give Hawai‘i nursing homes additional resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these facilities and keep residents and workers safe.”

Certified skilled nursing facilities with six or more certified beds are eligible for this funding. Each facility will receive $50,000 plus $2,500 per bed. The new funding is part of the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

Earlier this month, Schatz called on Hawai‘i Governor David Ige to take additional steps to protect Hawai‘i residents living in long-term care facilities.

HVNP Increases Community Access to Mauna Loa Road & Other Sites

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is increasing community access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened access to:  

• Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu for vehicles, bicyclists and hikers, including Tree Molds. The picnic area will remain closed. 
• Mauna Loa Road past Kīpukapuaulu is open for hikers and bicyclists to Mauna Loa Overlook at 6,662 feet, but is closed to vehicles. 
• Footprints Trail from Highway 11 to the Ka‘ū Desert Trail and Mauna Iki Trail junction, including the Footprints shelter (1.9 miles one way). 
• Escape Road, for bicycling, horseback riding and hiking to the Mauna Ulu junction.

With public health in mind, all other areas in the park remain closed at this time. Commercial and special use permits continue to be suspended. 

“We have completed thorough risk assessments for the continued safety of our staff and the public, and while we are excited to increase access in areas of the park that allow for social distancing in an outdoor, open-air environment, we are urging each person to be safe to keep us all safe,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh. “If people cannot adhere to the latest health guidelines for their protection and ours, the park may have to close these areas again.” 

The health and safety of park users, our employees, volunteers, and partners continue to be paramount. At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for all.  

While these areas are accessible for the public to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. Park users should follow local area health orders from the Governor of Hawai‘i, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. 

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.  

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on the park website www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus

Free UH Community College Classes for Hawaii’s Class of 2020

FREE University of Hawai‘i Community College classes. Yes, you read that right.

The COVID-19 pandemic did much more than curtail the academic year and graduation celebration for Hawai‘i’s high school seniors. Many graduates’ plans for college and work were disrupted as well.

The UH Community Colleges are offering free, online Next Step: Career Exploration classes to Hawaiʻi’s class of 2020 public high school graduates. It is on a first come, first serve basis, and students can develop their career plans in these summer classes and identify their next steps toward their career goals, whether to enroll in college, seek employment or both.  Students will begin to earn college credits and start working towards their next graduation, and earning a college degree. Those who sign up will learn how to navigate college, explore career options and discover the education and training available at UH to help them reach their career and life goals. It is part of the Next Steps to Your Future initiative, a partnership between the UH Community Colleges and Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education 

“The high school graduating class of 2020 persevered in the face of incredible adversity in their personal lives and education. We know many of their plans were disrupted, so the University of Hawaiʻi is offering free summer Career Exploration classes to help them develop new plans and take the next steps toward their goals,” said UH President David Lassner.” Hawaiʻi needs every one of our young people to be a part of planning for our shared future and how they will each contribute to taking care of their families, their communities and these islands that are our home.” 

All public high school graduates are encouraged to sign up via the Next Step: Career Exploration website, which includes a list of frequently asked questions. They can also email or text nextstep@hawaii.edu. The first class begins on May 26. Students will be assigned to classes based on when they sign up and the information they provide, such as career interests.

The UH Community Colleges and Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education are co-sponsors of the Next Steps to Your Future initiative. Hawai‘i P-20’s Summer Advising Initiative helps students to make informed critical decisions towards achieving their post-high plans. Advisors will guide students through their summer transition towards college or career, including nudging messages through a texting campaign, building on a Hawai‘i P-20 pilot project previously implemented in a few high schools this year. Students can sign up for the free summer advising program by texting “nextsteps” to (808) 460-8360 or signing up at www.p20hawaii.org/nextsteps.

Next Steps is generously funded by UH partners at the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, the Hawaii Resilience Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Strada Education Network and the Stupski Foundation.

Case Lauds House Passage of Fifth COVID-19 Emergency Measure

On Friday, May 15, 2020, U.S. Congressman Ed Case called the vote in the United State House of Representatives to pass the proposed Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, the fifth and broadest emergency assistance measure since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis, “an urgent, critical and indispensable next step for our country to navigate through the worst of the pandemic to stability and recovery.”

U.S. Congressman Ed Case

“This is an ongoing national crisis requiring even greater national leadership,” said Case. “Indeed, our national government is the only entity with the resources and means to assist with the sheer volume and diversity of continued needs across our country.”

“From our state and local governments with crippling revenue shortfalls, our health and first responder front-liners, teachers and other essential workers, our small businesses and their employees, our social safety net and the community organizations that maintain it, and our seniors and unemployed, to so many other of our fellow citizens and ‘ohana in desperate need, the HEROES Act embraces our responsibility.

“Though the Senate majority and White House have expressed reservations with the measure, this is where I and a majority of my House colleagues believe we must go next. And I would ask those that disagree these two basic questions. Are you willing to take a chance with the public health, economy and safety net of our country? Do you believe we will be better or worse off if we do not continue to act nationally and boldly?”

As passed by the House, the HEROES Act would direct major additional assistance to Hawai‘i that can be used by state and county governments to fund COVID-19 response efforts and replace lost revenue. The following estimates for Hawai‘i are based on the formula in the measure:

  • Coronavirus State Fiscal Relief Funds (State of Hawai‘i)
    Fiscal Year (FY) 2020            $1.670 billion
    FY 2021                                 $1.727 billion

    Total:                                      $3.387 billion
  • Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Funds (Counties)
    FY 2020                                 $954 million
    FY 2021                                 $477 million

    Total:                                      $1.431 billion

“These funds could pay healthcare workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other vital workers who keep us safe while putting their own health and well-being at risk,” said Case. “The measure would also lift the current restriction in the previous CARES Act we enacted March 27th against use of emergency assistance funds for pre-budgeted revenue shortfalls.”  Case said the HEROES Act would also provide $90 billion to support education, of which the State of Hawai‘i would receive a currently projected $303 million.

“This much-needed federal assistance for our schools would provide further funding for a wide range of urgent needs including support for summer learning, afterschool programs, distance learning and emergency financial aid for college students, as well as coordination with the public health officials to mitigate the spread of the disease,” said Case.

Case especially noted that the HEROES Act would direct emergency funding specifically to Native Hawaiians who did not receive targeted CARES Act funding to tribal governments because they are not federally recognized, including:

  • The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

    The HEROES Act provides that no less than $25,000,000 shall be for financial assistance, technical assistance, and training and outreach programs designed to benefit Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native communities;
  • Primary Health Care

    The HEROES Act provides for $7,600,000,000 for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, for grants and cooperative agreements for Community Health Centers. Native Hawaiian Health Centers will be eligible for this funding including maintenance or expansion of health center and system capacity and system capacity and staffing levels.
  • Testing

    The HEROES Act provides that Native Hawaiians organizations can be an eligible entity to track, including contact tracing to effectively monitor and suppress COVID-19.
  • State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (Education)

    The HEROES Act includes funding for K-12 schools. This money could support a large variety of services under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Native Hawaiian Education Program. To receive this funding, any school district “shall to the greatest extent practicable, continue to pay its employees and contractors during the period of any disruptions or closures related to coronavirus.”

Case said the HEROES Act would also extend eligibility to non-profit organizations regardless of type or size to apply for assistance under the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). If signed into law, the Act would enable those organized under the Internal Revenue Code as 501(c) entities, such as Chambers of Commerce and real estate boards, to apply for PPP loans as long as they certify that they do not have access to other capital as a result of COVID-19.

In addition, Case said the HEROES Act would provide a projected $29,801,884 in an election assistance grant to the State of Hawaii to  fund early voting, vote-by-mail, and prepaid postage requirements;  conduct other pre-election and election day preparations for the 2020 elections; hire and recruit additional poll workers, PPE for poll workers, and sanitization of polling places; and enhance security measures pre- and post-election to ensure the resilience of elections, cybersecurity of voter registration databases, and post-election audits.

“HEROES would further provide transformative, far-reaching support to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and the life of our democracy”, said Case. He highlighted the following:

  • Provides strong support for our heroes by establishing a $200 billion Heroes’ Fund to ensure that essential workers across the country receive hazard pay.  
  • Commits another $75 billion for the testing, tracing and treatment needed for a science-based path to safely reopen our country and help ensure that every American can access free coronavirus treatment.
  • Puts money in the pockets of workers with a second round of direct payments to families up to $6,000 per household, new payroll protection measures to keep 60 million workers connected with their jobs and extended weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through next January.
  • Supports small businesses by strengthening the PPP to ensure that it reaches underserved communities, nonprofits of all sizes and types and responds flexibly to small businesses by providing $10 billion for COVID-19 emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
  • Ensures further support for all Americans, including for:
    • Health security – with COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act exchanges for those without insurance.
    • Workplace security – requiring Occupational Safety and Health Administration to ensure that all workplaces develop science-based infection control plans and preventing employers from retaliating against workers who report problems.
    • Housing security – with $175 billion in new supports to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related costs.
    • Food security – with a 15 percent increase to the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table.  

Case especially highlighted the HEROES Act’s proposed $25 billion in emergency assistance to the U.S. Postal Service, which has been especially hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. “USPS is critical to our communities across our country and Hawai’i, especially our rural areas,” said Case.

“In this time of great dislocation and risk in the security of our election systems, when we are relying on election by mail to choose our leaders fairly and credibly, it would be especially foolish to shortchange USPS and take a chance on its service and very survival.”

“We cannot somehow hit pause while so many in our communities are struggling so deeply,” said Case. “We have a responsibility to do what is necessary now to protect the health and well-being of all.  With HEROES, the U.S. House honors the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes and meets the continued needs of the American people today and through this pandemic and crisis.” 

Hawaii Senators Defer Pay Raises Recommended by Salary Commission

The Hawai‘i State Senate Committee on Ways and Means today deferred pay raises for legislators and state officials this year that had been recommended by the Salary Commission prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The amended bill states (HB117), “Due to the unprecedented economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislature believes that continued implementation of the commission’s recommendations for the executive and judicial branches, and planned adjustments for the legislature, is irresponsible at this time and should be deferred.”

The bill defers all salary increases slated for this fiscal year for members of the legislature, the governor, lieutenant governor, justices and judges of all state courts, administrative director of the State or an equivalent position, and department heads or executive officers and the deputies or assistants to the department heads or executive officers of the departments.

The amended bill notes that in expectation of an economic downturn due to COVID-19, “the State Council on Revenues lowered its fiscal year 2021 forecast from four per cent to zero per cent, meaning that the State will have about $225,000,000 less in revenues than expected.”

Hawaiian Electric & HEI Charitable Foundation Support Big Island Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

Hawaiian Electric and the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation (HEICF) recently donated $21,000 to three Hawaii Island non-profit organizations that are feeding communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Hawaii Island, the biggest concern and priority is food security. The Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, The Food Basket, and Activate Hawaii Aid each received $5,000 from HEICF to support their ongoing efforts to provide fresh produce, shelf-stable food, and prepared meals to Hawaii Island families. These donations are in addition to the $2,000 each organization received from Hawaiian Electric last month.

“Communities count on us to provide reliable electric service to operate essential businesses and support new stay-at-home lifestyles,” said Sharon Suzuki, Hawaiian Electric’s president of Maui County and Hawaii Island Utilities. “It’s also important for us to do what we can to help those who are struggling with basic needs. I’m grateful these three organizations are working together to meet Hawaii Island’s food security needs during this very tough time.”

Through its daily Community Meal Support Initiative, the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (BGCBI) is providing nutritional hot meals to the island’s most vulnerable populations including keiki, kupuna, homeless, and struggling families. Their efforts help fill shortfalls and resource gaps, especially in very rural communities that are unable to benefit from school-based cafeteria meals due to lack of transportation. Last month, it provided more than 18,000 meals and it now provides up to 800 meals daily. Through this donation, BGCBI can provide 1,272 meals for the community.

“The continued support of Hawaiian Electric and the HEI Charitable Foundation has allowed the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island to be able to quickly respond to the needs of those on Hawaii Island who are struggling as a result of the pandemic,” said Chad Cabral, Chief Executive Officer. “Thank you for a true partnership that helps to support and strengthen our Hawaii Island communities.”

The Food Basket is providing Ohana Drop boxes which include a multi-day supply of shelf-stable food and local fresh produce for individuals and families. It offers drive-thru food distribution at 16 sites around the island and home delivery for those with limited transportation or compromised health. Through this donation, The Food Basket was able to purchase 5,000 pounds of food for the community.

“We are so extremely grateful to HEI and Hawaiian Electric for their long-time partnership and generous support to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable residents on Hawaii Island,” said Kristin Frost Albrecht, executive director of The Food Basket. “Given the skyrocketing number of families and individuals in need in our hard-hit communities across the island, this donation will provide critical food support during this unprecedented and challenging time.”

Activate Hawaii Aid (AHA) is a collective of community and government, working together to activate an islandwide network of resilience. The $2,000 donation supported the Keiki Care Packs initiative by providing 2,712 packs to children in more than 30 Hawaii Island communities. Each pack includes food stuffs, curated activities, resources and materials to help keiki and parents better understand and cope with the pandemic. The additional $5,000 will support the #FeedThePeopleHI – Puna project, a collaboration between Chef Hui and AHA to increase food security for Puna households. Beginning May 15, and every Friday for the next eight weeks, 500 meal kits with ingredients and recipe cards for one-to-two big batch meals will be distributed to communities in upper and lower Puna subdivisions.

“Many hands and many huis have come together to do something special for our keiki and community,” said Ashley Kierkiewicz, lead organizer for Activate Hawaii Aid. “So much thought, aloha, and planning goes into each project, and because it is a massive, ongoing give, working with community leaders is key. We rely on generous donations such as those from Hawaiian Electric, so we can activate our volunteer network and amplify our give.”

Partnership Will Serve Free Meals to Kids During School Closure

A partnership of non-profit and governmental organizations is expanding a program that is serving free healthy meals, prepared according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards, to eleven Oʻahu sites reaching about 1,700 children and youth per day.

Since Hawaiʻi public schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this partnership has been increasing its capacity to provide free meals to keiki, as a complement the meal distribution sites that the Department of Education (DOE) is operating at about 70 public schools, out of 256 across the state.

The newest sites serving lunch are at Kuhio Elementary School in Honolulu and Puʻuwai Momi in ʻAiea. Palama Settlement in Kalihi will continue to be the only site serving suppers.

On a typical school day, nearly 65,000 economically disadvantaged Hawaiʻi students benefit from free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch. For many, these are the only nutritious meals that they eat regularly. For their families, these meals help relieve financial stress by reducing their food budgets.

During the summer, when students are not able to eat free or reduced-price meals at school, community partners work together to provide food to children and youth in low-income areas via the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Four SFSP sponsors—YMCA of Honolulu, Parents And Children Together, Palama Settlement, and Windward Nazarene Academy—have stepped up to provide free meals for keiki in low-income areas on Oʻahu during these unplanned school closures.

The sponsors are partnering with Aloha Harvest, Kapiʻolani Community College, Lanakila Pacific, Hawaiʻi Appleseed, and Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs to get the meals prepared and delivered.

The following eleven sites provide free healthy grab-and-go meals, Monday through Friday, to keiki up to age 18:

View a map of the below sites here. Through June 30, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

2 Cited After Being Spotted on Diamond Head Rim

Two, 21-year-old men from Honolulu were cited late yesterday for entering a closed area – Diamond Head State Monument. Derwin Peng and Cole Chun were escorted out of the park by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) through the park’s main entrance.

PC: DLNR

This, after DOCARE received numerous reports of people entering the park which is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just before 6 p.m. officers observed Peng and Chun on an upper footpath on the Ewa side of the crater rim. Officers contacted the pair on the path and brought them out the main entrance due to low light conditions and the unsafe, rocky terrain.

As of last Friday, across the state, DOCARE officers issued a total of 107 citations for various violations associated with emergency rules. Many were for entering a closed state park, various other state park violations (such as alcohol possession), and parking violations.

PC: DLNR

DOCARE officers continue to patrol closed State Parks and are enforcing all Hawai‘i laws and administrative rules. In addition to the citations they’d given out 304 warnings as of last Friday. A day earlier a DOCARE officer contacted a man walking his dog through Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline in East O‘ahu. The main claimed he didn’t know the park was closed, even though he was standing next to yellow police tape and directly beneath a park closed sign.

DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said, “We hope everyone will take these closures and emergency rules seriously, not only to protect themselves and our natural resources, but to respect the primary reason for our current closures…the requirements for social distancing.”

America Strong: Blue Angels, Thunderbirds to Conduct Multi-City Flyovers

In a show of national solidarity, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will conduct a series of multi-city flyovers over the next two weeks.

America Strong is a collaborative salute from the Navy and Air Force to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to fly over cities across America as our way of saying thanks to the healthcare workers, first responders, and all the people who selflessly run into the breach working to keep America strong,” said Gen. Dave Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.  “This is also our way of showing that we are all in this together and that America’s spirit will prevail.” 

The two demonstration teams will fly over areas of the country hardest hit by COVID-19, starting next week as both joint and individual team flights occurring every one-to-two days until mid-May.

The Air Force and Navy have partnered with local governments and media outlets to help ensure spectators follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines.  Both teams are also implementing various measures to maintain personnel and community safety.  This includes air-to-air refueling during transit and no scheduled stops en route to reduce potential exposure to the virus.

The Blue Angels, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, and Thunderbirds, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, typically fly at more than 30 air shows each year to demonstrate American military aviation. This year, both teams have been forced to cancel many performances in response to Department of Defense direction resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.

While America Strong will showcase Department of Defense support to healthcare workers, first responders, military, essential employees, and aims to unite all Americans in the fight against COVID-19, it also fulfills critical training requirements for both teams. Pilots must execute a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency. These flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers.

In order to reach the maximum number of Americans, some portions of America Strong will feature only the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds, while others will include both teams flying in their signature Delta formations simultaneously.

More information to be provided soon on dates and locations.

America Strong schedule:  Both teams will work with local media to provide exact times and locations.

For more information on the Blue Angels, visit this site.

For more information on the Thunderbirds, visit this site.

Comments Sought in HIDOE’s Request for More Flexibility Under CARES Act

Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) has submitted a request for waivers under the CARES Act which will allow for additional time to obligate ESSA federal program funds to address educational needs during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.

On March 24, 2020, Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto announced the closure of all public school facilities in Hawaii in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Due to school closures, HIDOE has coordinated innovative approaches to maintain the continuity of learning for all Hawaii public school students in response to the unprecedented loss of instructional days.  

On April 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) informed state educational agencies that they may submit a request to waive specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), pursuant to the authority granted to the ED Secretary under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136 (March 27, 2020). This announcement was in response to the nationwide disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These waivers will help to facilitate HIDOE’s planning for the resumption of public education services in Hawaii.

These waivers will enable HIDOE to:

  • Extend for itself and its subgrantees the period of availability of federal fiscal year 2018 funds for programs included in the Hawaii Consolidated State Plan for ESSA to allow additional time to obligate these funds to ensure the continued availability of resources to address existing challenges and those resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Utilize Title IV, Part A funds to best meet instructional needs without regard to content-area spending requirements, spending limits on technology infrastructure, or completing a needs assessment to provide schools with resources to ensure equitable access to education; and
  • Conduct time-sensitive, one-time or stand-alone professional development focused on supporting educators to provide effective distance learning, enabling educators to leverage their strengths in the classroom with 21st century tools to provide greater access and equity of education for all students.

Once granted, the waivers will provide HIDOE with the flexibility needed to quickly adapt to the fluid circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and implement policies to optimally ensure student success and the delivery of learning supports in a condensed period of time.

Waiver request pursuant to the CARES Act

Survey

To submit comments on Hawaii’s waiver requests for flexibilities afforded under the CARES Act, please complete this survey. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Should you have questions, please contact the Policy, Innovation, Planning and Evaluation Branch at (808) 586-3800 or via email at PIPE@k12.hi.us. 

We appreciate any feedback regarding Hawaii’s waiver request for flexibilities afforded under the CARES Act.

Learn more about how the HIDOE is supporting its students and educators during this COVID-19 pandemic at hawaiipublicschools.org.

Franchise Filings Deadline Extended

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Office of the Securities Commissioner has extended the deadline for franchise filings to April 30, 2020 in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Pursuant to Governor David Y. Ige’s directive of March 17, 2020, that addressed the spread of COVID-19, all state offices have closed and employees have been directed to telework from home to the extent feasible until April 30, 2020.

We encourage franchisors filing renewal or initial filings pursuant to chapter 482E Hawaii Revised Statutes to file online using the securities portal in order to facilitate the timely review of such filings. Online filing requirements are the same as manual or paper filings. Franchisors can submit their filing online through the portal at https://dccabreg.force.com/securities/s/.

For information or questions on the use of this system please email sc@dcca.hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-2722 and leave a message.

The DCCA has continuously strived to improve its services to the public and has expanded the availability of online functions for a range of services to include business filings, and professional and vocational licensing, and more.

Check the DCCA website for a full listing of online services at http://cca.hawaii.gov/covid19.