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Interisland travel quarantine to restart Tuesday, Ige says

Gov. David Ige announced today that the mandatory 14-day interisland travel quarantine will be reinstated beginning Tuesday. Pointing to a surge in Oahu cases and agreement from county mayors, Ige said the mandate is necessary to curb coronavirus spread. Oahu mayor Kirk Caldwell also ...

Primary election digital replica will be up Sunday

The Maui News Because of the shift to the Weekender edition, which is published Friday night, there will be no print Sunday edition of The Maui News with the results of Saturday’s primary election. However, The Maui News will be publishing a digital replica edition of the Sunday edition ...

Front Street Apartments case could be decided soon

The ongoing legal dispute over whether Front Street Apartments rents will remain affordable or be allowed to increase to market rates may be decided soon. On Wednesday, a hearing on motions for summary judgment was held remotely before U.S. District Court Judge Jill Otake, who said she would ...

Mayor pushes to reinstate interisland quarantine

In the wake of an incident where Oahu construction workers may have exposed Lanai residents to COVID-19, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino pushed again Wednesday to reinstate the 14-day interisland travel quarantine, adding that he is confident the state will respond soon. Victorino ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reports 173 new cases Wednesday, all on Oahu. Of the cases, 162 involved adults and 11 were pediatric (18 years or younger) cases. • There have now been 2,763 cases statewide, including 2,394 on Oahu, 177 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on ...

Molina leads a renewed effort to settle injection well case with plaintiffs

Council Member Mike Molina is leading another push by the council to settle the Lahaina injection well lawsuit, forging a resolution to accept the latest terms offered by plaintiffs during mediation of the case that has been remanded to the lower courts by the U.S. Supreme Court. Molina, who ...

Virtual Job Fair website is launched

The Maui News Maui County has launched a Virtual Job Fair website to assist Maui County residents seeking employment opportunities, job training or new career paths. The website — www.mauicountyvirtualjobfair.com — also gives employers an online resource to find workers. The website was ...

St. Anthony is back to school

First photo: St. Anthony School 7th-grade students listen as teacher Greg Harris goes over safety protocols during the first day of school Tuesday morning in Wailuku. Students said they were happy to be back in class. “It feels good,” said 8th-grader Cali Davenport. “Even with all the ...

Jury trials pushed back

The resumption of jury trials in state courts has been delayed until Oct. 5, with Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald citing “a concerning spike in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide.” In an order issued Wednesday, Recktenwald said circuit courts may resume trials then ...

DHHL facility permits still on hold

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will not issue camping permits and facility reservations through Oct. 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extending a previous order. The facilities in Maui County affected include Ka Hale Pomaika‘i (Paukukalo Community Center) on Maui and Mo‘omomi Beach ...

School supply drive planned at Walmart

The Salvation Army, with the help of Walmart, is sponsoring “Stuff the Bus” back-to-school drives Friday through Sunday at stores statewide, including the Kahului store. With the opening of public schools pushed back to Aug. 17, this effort provides a last-minute opportunity to help ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities ** The Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku has reopened to the public, although the County Council chamber and council member offices will remain closed. Public access is through the second-floor lobby during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday ...

Final farewell

First photo: Maui Police Department officers lead a funeral motorcade during an “end of watch” ceremony for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent John Bost III at Kahului Airport Tuesday afternoon. Also taking part in the final salute to the agent who died July 28 were ...

South Maui affordable housing project heading to full council

With a green light from the Maui County Council’s Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee last month, a 28-unit workforce housing development proposed for South Maui is headed to the full council for consideration. Committee Chairwoman Tamara Paltin said Tuesday afternoon that the item ...

Oahu workers who went to Lanai positive for virus

Two construction workers from Oahu who were on Lanai last week have tested positive for COVID-19, state and Pulama Lana‘i officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Pulama Lana‘i, the company that manages and oversees landowner Larry Ellison’s operations on the island, told The Maui News ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reports 144 new cases Tuesday, including 139 on Oahu and five on Hawaii island. • There have now been 2,591 cases statewide, including 2,221 on Oahu (one case was removed due to updated information), 178 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on ...

Maui-built bio lab prepares for second launch in 2021

A mobile space lab designed and largely fabricated in Central Maui successfully returned from orbit in April, and now the team of engineers and biologists are preparing for its second mission to continue conducting experiments on the International Space Station. SCORPIO-V, the biological ...

Man who organized illegal sports betting operation fined $35K

WAILUKU — A Kahului man with prior gambling convictions was ordered to pay fines totaling $35,000 for his role as an organizer of an illegal sports betting operation. Ernest DePonte, 77, also was placed on four years’ probation when he was sentenced Tuesday. In imposing the sentence, ...

Man charged for scratching, spitting on arresting officers

The Maui News WAILUKU — Bail was set at $16,400 for a homeless man who scratched and spit on police officers as he was being arrested Sunday for stealing a 40-ounce can of beer from a Kahului store, according to police. Francisco Saenz, 33, also was charged for scratching and spitting on ...

Woman assaults father’s girlfriend, gets 1 year in jail

WAILUKU — A woman who assaulted her father’s girlfriend and stole her car and cash was sentenced to a one-year jail term as part of four years’ probation. While giving another chance to Sierrarose Seward, 27, of Wailuku, 2nd Circuit Judge Kelsey Kawano warned that she would likely face ...