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Pandemic tech to shape education in years to come

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final segment of a limited series looking back on the year since COVID-19 arrived in Maui County. Each story explores an industry directly impacted and reshaped by the pandemic. Today’s feature focuses on education. No junior prom. No sports competitions. No ...

Health centers look to fill gaps in vaccination efforts

Health centers across Maui County are expanding COVID-19 vaccination efforts to overcome any access-to-care obstacles that residents may face in rural communities. “I think the health centers are doing an incredible job given the limited resources we had up until now,” said Cheryl ...

COVID-19 at a glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health on Friday reported 87 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, including 67 on Oahu, 11 on Maui, four on Hawaii island and five Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 30,571cases statewide, including 23,603 on ...

Maui County has highest California variant cases in state

Maui County has the largest amount of the highly transmissible California variant among specimens analyzed by the state Department of Health’s Laboratories Division. The COVID-19 variant discovered in California, also known as the B.1.429 variant, has been found in 165 specimens from Maui ...

A splash of color

Blooms from Grevillea robusta trees, or more often called silk oak, silver oak or Australian silky oak, add splashes of bright orange along Haleakala Highway near King Kekaulike High School Wednesday afternoon. SECOND PHOTO: The introduced ornamental and forestry tree is native to New South ...

Eviction moratorium extended to June 8

Gov. David Ige has extended the moratorium on evictions until June 8, allowing tenants to stay in their homes even if they are unable to pay all or a portion of the rent, maintenance fees, utility charges, taxes or other required fees for the rental unit. Ige made the announcement in his 19th ...

Underwater data sensor monitors water quality at Maalaea Harbor

A new underwater data sensor is being used at Maalaea Harbor to collect more information every five minutes on water temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll and ocean depth. Nonprofit Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is borrowing the device through the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing ...

Woman arrested over travel rules

A Chicago woman was arrested Thursday for violating travel quarantine rules when she arrived on Maui without an approved negative COVID-19 pre-travel test and without approved lodging for the mandatory 10-day quarantine, police said. Esther Manning, 49, was released when she volunteered to ...

Sakamoto Pool to close for training

Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool in Wailuku will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on April 30 and May 1 for Department of Parks and Recreation and Maui Fire Department training. Reservations for public lap swimming will be available for the 1, 2 and 3 p.m. time slots on both dates. For questions, ...

Judicial application deadline extended

The deadline has been extended to May 10 to apply for an anticipated vacancy for a 10-year term as a 2nd Circuit Court judge. The person selected must be a Hawaii resident and U.S. citizen and be licensed to practice law in the state. A circuit judge must have been licensed to practice law for ...

Workshop to discuss bills, legislature

With many bills at the state Legislature now headed for conference committee, the Hawaii Public Access Room will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. Wednesday to help citizens understand the next steps. The conference committee process brings together members of both the House and the Senate to discuss ...

Developer unveils 81-unit housing project for Kihei

A longtime affordable housing developer is proposing an 81-unit project of single-family homes and townhouses in Kihei that’s expected to open up to the first residents early next year. Kihei Wailani Village will be built on a roughly 12-acre vacant lot off Hoonani Street, featuring ...

Maui, other counties to see more rental aid

Tenants, landlords and even property owners will see rental assistance coming down the federal pipeline to each county in the state. The key is preparing eligible people in advance, according to Dan O’Meara, Legal Aid Society’s Consumer & Housing Managing attorney who helps tenants ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health on Thursday reported 122 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, including 69 on Oahu, 40 on Maui, 11 on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and one resident diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 30,485 cases statewide, including 23,537 on ...

Jail cluster reaches 100 cases, King’s Cathedral cluster at 77

The Maui News A cluster at the Maui Community Correctional Center had reached 100 cases, while a cluster connected to King’s Cathedral and Chapels had grown to 77, according to the state Department of Health. Maui County continued to have the most active clusters under investigation ...

Firehouse-approved flavors to feature in cooking show

KULA — Sissy Lake-Farm had an ace up her sleeve while making Maui-style fried saimin during Wednesday’s taping of “Cooking Hawaiian Style.” During production breaks, the executive director of the Maui Historical Society received helpful coaching from her husband, retired Maui ...

FEMA offers assistance for COVID-related funeral expenses

The Maui News Residents who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 can apply for federal assistance to help with funeral expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin taking applications on Monday for the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Policy, which could provide up to $9,000 for ...

Deadline for apply for SNAP extended

The deadline to apply for food stamp replacement benefits has been extended to Wednesday, the Department of Human Services and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency announced. Residents who lost food purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits due to recent flooding and ...

Brown water advisory canceled

A brown water advisory for the north shore from Waihee to Hookipa as well as for Honolua Bay and Fleming Beach Park has been canceled, the state Department of Health announced Thursday. The advisory was first issued Monday following heavy rains and stormwater runoff.

16 negative inmate tests reported at jail

The number of active COVID-19 cases among Maui Community Correctional Center inmates remained at two, with reports of 16 negative inmate test results Thursday. Two inmates were in isolation and 170 were in quarantine at the Wailuku jail, according to the state Department of Public Safety. ...