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Airports get $30M in federal funding

Maui County airports will receive more than $30 million in federal funding to help support workers and recover from the pandemic, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced Tuesday.

The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March, is providing funding to airports that have experienced severe economic disruption caused by COVID-19. Airports across the state will receive more than $144 million, including:

• $74.4 million for Oahu airports.

• $29.2 million for Maui airports.

• $24 million for Hawaii island airports.

• $14.5 million for Kauai airports.

• $1.3 million for Molokai airports.

• $1.3 million for Lanai Airport.

The flexible funding can be used to pay for operational and other costs, according to a news release from Schatz.

“Hawaii airport workers and the entire airline industry have taken a significant hit during this crisis,” said Schatz, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing. “This new federal funding will support salaries for workers and help our airports recover.”


Judge, attorneys sought for board

Board members, including one judge and two attorneys, are being sought to fill positions on the Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program Board.

The term of each position is three years, beginning July 1. Board members serve without compensation, but travel is reimbursed.

Duties of the board include adopting policies and procedures to carry out the objectives of the program, which was established to assist with education, guidance, emotional support and monitoring the treatment of attorneys and judges who suffer from substance abuse, stress or other problems affecting their professional performance.

Board members must also be willing to devote time to perform program duties, including learning the functions and procedures of the organization.

Those wishing to serve should submit a resume and letter indicating their interest to Sidney K. Ayabe, Nominating Committee, Cades Schutte Building, 1000 Bishop St., Suite 807, Honolulu, HI 96813; or sidayabe@gmail .com.

The deadline for submitting applications is June 30.


Kahului Post Office to host passport fair

Amid high demand from Maui residents, the Kahului Post Office will host a third passport fair from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service announced.

More than 160 new passport applications were processed at the office’s first two passport fairs held in March and May.

“The relaxation of travel restrictions has contributed to increased demand for passports among our customers,” Kahului Postmaster Nerisha Niu said in a news release Tuesday.

Customers can register for the event by emailing Hawaii PassportFair@state.gov. Advance registration is required and space is limited to 100 appointments. Walk-in customers with completed paperwork will be accommodated only if time permits, USPS said.

Applicants are advised to complete their DS-11 application for a new passport in advance, print it and bring it unsigned to the event with an acceptable passport photo, fees and documents. The form is available at travel.state.gov/ content/travel/en/passports/how-apply/forms.html.

Passport applicants must wear facemasks and follow social distancing rules.

The post office is located at 138 S. Puunene Ave.

For more information, visit travel.state.gov or call the toll-free National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778.


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