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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

Mandatory quarantine for arrivals begins

KAHULUI — Travelers were minimal at state airports Thursday, including Kahului Airport, during the first day of the state ordered 14-day quarantine for incoming out-of-state travelers, including returning residents. “The process is actually going very well,” said state Department of ...

Drive-thru testing to resume

Health officials will be taking appointments today for another round of drive-thru testing that starts Monday in the War Memorial Gym parking lot, according to the county. The drive-thru testing center opened earlier this week and collected 162 samples over the course of two days. By ...

Army Corps to scout hotels for ‘alternate care’ sites on Maui

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking into three hotels on Maui that could serve as backup health care facilities should local hospitals be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. A team is scheduled to conduct an assessment on Maui today “at sites chosen by the state.” “Should the ...

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Tourism-dependent Hawaii hit by unemployment during pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Chef Lee Anne Wong had to make a choice: Keep her Hawaii restaurant employees working during the pandemic or close Koko Head Cafe in order to keep paying their health insurance for one more month. “Seeing as this is going to last longer, I’d rather close the business and ...

Police: With fewer cars on roads, more speeding

PUUNENE — With noticeably less traffic as people follow government orders to stay home, some drivers are exceeding speeds of 70 and 80 mph on major highways, leading police to issue twice as many citations for excessive speeding over the past week. The higher speeds have been logged on ...

Volunteers sought to help senior citizens

After having a conversation with his 84-year-old father last week about staying home and away from potential COVID-19 threats, Gabe Amey came up with a quick idea for a community service project called Our Kupuna that assists the elderly in getting groceries, medications and other necessary ...

COVID-19 Briefs

UH extends deadline for applications The Maui News The University of Hawaii is extending the deadline to apply for admission to its Manoa, Hilo and West Oahu campuses to Aug. 1, the same deadline as the seven UH community colleges, including UH-Maui College. The new deadline will give ...

Golden Rule delays voyage

The Golden Rule Committee and Veterans For Peace have decided to delay their peace voyage to the Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa and Japan until November or December due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus and related restrictions are affecting all the Pacific Islands that the 36-foot ...

COVID-19 at a glance

Latest developments: • DOH reports 11 new cases in Hawaii, including one on Maui. • 106 confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Hawaii: 77 on Oahu, 14 on Maui, five on Hawaii island, five on Kauai, two Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state and three with locations pending. • ...

Local Religion / In Brief

Health emergency closes temple Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple is closed until further notice in compliance with the declaration of a public health emergency by the County of Maui and the State of Hawaii. All activities at the temple are suspended. Sunday service, sunrise service and ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities • County fields, pools, gyms, parks and public restrooms, closed March 13 to April 13. Beach parks and restrooms closed. • Community centers, closed March 16 to April 16. • County offices closed until further notice. • Hana Highway to Hana and Piilani Highway ...

Isle heeds order to stay home, for the most part

With beach parks and most stores closed and some people working from home, traffic was lighter throughout Maui as residents appeared to heed orders that took effect Wednesday to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Except for essential businesses, including those offering health ...

Companies respond to hand sanitizer shortage

Two Maui-based companies that normally produce alcoholic beverages are now also making hand sanitizer, a product that’s been in high demand and hard to get in Maui stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Neither company is selling the hand sanitizers commercially yet, but they’re already ...

MPD: ‘The ocean is not closed’

KIHEI — Social distancing is possible — even when there’s surf, county officials said Wednesday. “The ocean is a big place,” said Maui police spokeswoman Lt. Audra Sellers, who added that surfers can find room to stay 6 feet apart. Sellers said she had been asked about 10 times ...

COVID-19 funding, tax cuts in mayor’s budget

A new county budget forged in the middle of a public health and financial crisis calls for funding to fight the coronavirus and trims homeowner taxes to help struggling residents. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino unveiled an $869.8 million budget on Wednesday, and while it’s a 5.6 ...

In self-quarantine, family spends time at home, including building treehouse

After their spring break ski trip to Colorado was cut short by coronavirus closures last week, a Kaanapali family was counting its blessings in the midst of a 14-day self-quarantine. “We were super glad to get home,” Michael Leone said by telephone Monday. “We feel 100 percent healthy. ...

More closures, operating modifications announced

Another resort on Maui announced its temporary closure and a handful of financial institutions have announced special hours for seniors and condensed operations due to COVID-19. Beginning today, Travaasa Hana, Maui, will temporarily close its doors, according to a news release. Since ...

COVID-19 at a glance

Latest developments: • DOH reports six new cases in Hawaii, including one on Maui. • 95 confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Hawaii: 68 on Oahu, 13 on Maui, five on Hawaii island, five on Kauai and four with locations pending. • Mayor proposes $869.8 million budget that would ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities • County fields, pools, gyms, parks and public restrooms, closed March 13 to April 13. Beach parks and restrooms closed. • Community centers, closed March 16 to April 16. • County offices closed until further notice. • Hana Highway to Hana and Piilani Highway ...