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HONOLULU – Multiple outreach events will take place on Oahu for those interested in hands-on help with health insurance enrollment through the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. Interested individuals should bring documentation such as a valid passport, I-94, social security number, and proof of income (i.e., pay stubs) if applicable for all household members ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2015 Honolulu, HI – The Hawai‘i Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the State Rehabilitation Council will recognize employers and employees who go the extra mile and overcome barriers on Oct. 28. Individuals and companies from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island will be honored at a ceremony at the Ala ...
Read More Employees and Employers Recognized during Disability Employment Awareness Month

REGISTER FOR INSURANCE & SPEAK TO HMSA/KAISER BEFORE YOU REGISTER PALAMA SETTLEMENT Dining Room, Rath Building 810 N. Vineyard Blvd Saturday, December 5, 2015 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Chuukese, Marshallese, Kosraean, Pohnpeian and other Kōkua will be available to provide in-language assistance Please bring your necessary documents: Passport, I-94 Social Security and Income information ...
Read More Register In Person for Health Insurance Dec. 5

As we gather with friends, families and loved ones, DHS Director Rachael Wong wants to share this message with all of the Department of Human Services staff and ʻohana. Thank you for everything you do for our teams, our department and the State of Hawaii.

In the summer of 2015, Brianne Lyn Nagamine was the first Hawaiʻi foster youth to be accepted to the competitive Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Foster Youth Internship Program. Nagamine interned with Sen. Brian Schatz. Nagamineʻs road to D.C. and back has spanned her whole life. At age three, Nagamine lost her father to suicide. ...
Read More Hawaii Foster Youth Makes Good from Hawaii to D.C.

Enroll for Medical Coverage by Dec. 15 to Avoid a Break in Coverage Open enrollment for applying for medical coverage through the began on Nov. 1, 2015. During open enrollment, individuals who need medical coverage for 2016 can enroll. If you are currently enrolled for medical coverage through the Hawaii Health Connector, you will ...
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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Homeless Programs Office (HPO) has released the 2015 Statewide Point in Time (PIT) count, which represents a cross section of homelessness across O‘ahu and the neighbor islands. O‘ahu-only data were released in April 2015. This year’s statewide count of homeless individuals and families was conducted on Jan. 25, 2015.

. . . . it is precisely because Hale­akala was so challenging that it continues to signify so much in Cantan's estimation of himself and his abilities. Cantan was born and raised in Kau on Hawaii island, the youngest of six siblings. Like his two older brothers, Shellford and Justen, Cantan is legally blind, his vision progressively degenerating due to retinitis pigmentosa.

Hawaii Rep. Cindy Evans (D) North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala, talks to Rachael Wong, DrPH, Director of the Department of Human Services, about the DHS, its mission, and its statewide programs that help individuals and families build capacity for self-sufficiency, self-determination, independence, healthy choices, quality of life, and personal dignity.

Celebrate Fathers & Father’s Day

Posted on May 14, 2015 in NEWS

The Hawaii Coalition for Dads and the State Commission on Fatherhood invite all Hawaii fathers, father figures, and their families to the 17th Annual Celebrate Father’s Day celebration. The June 20, 2015 event at Windward Mall Center Stage runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and highlights the important roles that fathers and father figures play in children’s lives.