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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

Statewide COVID-19 cases up to 106

Maui County reported one more case of COVID-19 on Thursday as the number of cases statewide surpassed 100. There are now 106 cases across Hawaii, up from 95 on Wednesday. Honolulu County reported eight more cases for a total of 77, Maui County had one more case for a total of 14, and neither ...

Closed? Tourists stuck on road to Hana

An electronic sign is posted in front of the Haiku Community Center flashing the phrase, “restricted access to residents only,” but East Maui locals were concerned that the sign is not enough to keep visitors off Hana Highway. On March 18, Gov. David Ige instructed the state Department of ...

Hotels closing down, furloughing workers

Grand Wailea, the largest private employer in Maui County, will temporarily close to guests for 30 days starting Thursday, adding to the lineup of major hotels closing or laying off or furloughing workers. Both Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa temporarily ...

MHS worker tests positive for COVID-19

A Maui Health System employee has tested positive for COVID-19 but was in “good condition” and in isolation as of Tuesday, according to the Maui County hospitals operator. Maui Health System, which oversees Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital, ...

‘Stay-at-home’ order takes effect today

Maui County’s “stay home, work from home” order goes into effect today, forcing many businesses to close their doors and families to hunker down inside as the county tries to clamp down on the spread of COVID-19. Water, trash collection and emergency services will still continue during ...

Some call to open county restrooms

With reports of people defecating in public areas, homeless people and advocates, as well as business owners, are urging Maui County to open some park restroom facilities, which were closed earlier this month as part of coronavirus prevention measures. Lisa Darcy of Share Your Mana, an ...

Students now out of school until April 30

The Maui News The closure of public schools has been extended from April 7 to April 30, based on guidance from health officials and elected leaders, the state Department of Education said Tuesday. The department and charter schools will be sending out information about enrichment ...

COVID-19 at a glance

Latest developments: • DOH reports 14 new cases in Hawaii, including one on Maui; first fatality reported Monday night was incorrectly attributed to COVID-19. • 90 confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Hawaii: 64 on Oahu, 12 on Maui, five on Hawaii island, four on Kauai and five ...

Local Briefs

Charter school postpones luau Kihei Charter School has postponed its Hawaiian Luau on Saturday because of concerns about COVID-19. A new date is tentatively set for May 2. The luau is a fundraiser to support athletic programs at the school. ***** No meetings at Heritage Hall To help ...

Corrections

• Courts access. The Maui County Office of the Public Defender is asking clients with court dates in April to call the office at 984-5018 so attorneys can help them reschedule their cases. The wrong date was included in a story published on Page A3 in Tuesday’s edition of The Maui News. ...

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 ...

Statewide cases of COVID-19 rise to 95

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii rose to 95 on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health. There were six new cases, including four more on Oahu for a total of 68, one more on Maui for a total of 13 and one more on Kauai for a total of five. Hawaii island did not see ...

Drive-thru testing center up and running at War Memorial

WAILUKU — Maui County’s first drive-thru testing center tested 75 people on its first day of operation Monday, focusing solely on residents with milder symptoms to help take the strain off hospitals and clinics. The 75 were chosen from among 150 people who called over an eight-hour period ...

Students, teachers adapt to online classes

It may take some getting used to, but University of Hawaii-Maui College students and faculty seem to be adapting to the new online delivery of courses, which began Monday as classes resumed after spring break. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UH system moved its 46,000 students and 9,700 ...

Maui News closing lobby Wednesday to business

The Maui News The Maui News will be closing its lobby to in-person traffic beginning Wednesday and conducting business through phone, email, mail and fax until further notice. The newspaper is considered an essential community service and can operate amid the coronavirus closures. The ...

Ige takes ‘stay at home’ mandate statewide

Gov. David Ige announced a monthlong stay-at-home order across the state starting Wednesday, following similar orders issued by Maui and Honolulu counties to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The announcement is the latest in a series of escalating steps that the state and counties ...

Firearms registration by appointment

WAILUKU — People are being required to call for appointments to register firearms and to make some police reports, as police try to limit face-to-face contact amid concerns about COVID-19. After people lined up outside the Wailuku Police Station on Friday to register firearms during a ...

Jobless claims call center, simplified forms established

The Maui News The state labor department took more measures to resolve the online logjam of unemployment compensation claims, and a new Maui County office has been set up to help with claims filings and job searches. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations set up a call center ...

Prosecutors, public defenders adapt to COVID-19 constraints

WAILUKU — People accused of nonviolent lower-level crimes are being cited and given dates after June 1 to appear in court, as officials take steps to counter the coronavirus pandemic and reduce the number of people showing up at state courthouses. Maui County Prosecuting Attorney Don Guzman ...

Free breakfast, lunch set up for public school children

The Maui News The state Department of Education will be providing free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to all public school students at six Maui County schools during the extended spring break. The meals are available to children 18 years old or younger regardless of eligibility for free ...