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Maui’s jobless rate at 21 percent, highest in state, in August

The Maui News Maui island’s unemployment rate of 21.4 percent for August was the highest among the major Hawaiian Islands, though down slightly from the previous month, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday. Maui island’s rate was down from 22.6 percent in ...

Nonprofit workshop deadline is today

The registration deadline for a virtual conference on support, training and information on available resources to local nonprofit groups facing difficulties due to COVID-19, set for Tuesday to Thursday, has been extended to today. The three-day virtual conference, which is free, is being ...

Immigrant Services opens appointments

Maui County will begin accepting in-person appointments for immigrant services starting Oct. 5, Managing Director Sandy Baz said Wednesday. Appointments for the Department of Housing Human Services’ Immigrant Services Division will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. ...

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 ...

DOH reports 114 new cases, 13 more deaths

The state Department of Health reports 13 new deaths in the state as of noon today, including 12 on Hawaii Island and one on Oahu, as well as 114 new cases statewide, including nine on Hawaii Island and 106 on Oahu. There are now 11,217 total cases statewide, including 10,119 on Oahu, 632 in ...

State: Pre-travel testing to take off Oct. 15

Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday that the state will launch its long-delayed pre-travel testing program on Oct. 15, allowing trans-Pacific flyers who test negative for COVID-19 to bypass the state’s 14-day quarantine. “This pre-travel testing will allow us to add a greater element of ...

Community clinic pharmacy to close for lack of patients

Malama I Ke Ola Health Center, which services the poor and those without health insurance, will be closing its pharmacy Wednesday, the community clinic announced Tuesday. “With the significant decrease in patient visits, prescription volume and revenues, pharmacy operations were no longer ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reports 102 new cases Wednesday, including 97 on Oahu, four on Hawaii island and one resident out of state. • There now have been 10,946 cases statewide, including 9,879 on Oahu, 603 in Hawaii County, 378 in Maui County (including 15 on ...

In the end, only 3 positive cases at police station

COVID-19 testing at the Wailuku Police Station closed down last week with no new cases beyond the three initial ones, said Deputy Chief Dean Rickard on Wednesday afternoon.  “We kind of came out unscathed at this point in time,” Rickard said during the online Maui Police Commission ...

Two solar power, battery storage projects are submitted to PUC

Two Maui solar and battery storage projects, which are slated to charge among the lowest rates for renewable energy on Maui, have been submitted to the state Public Utilities Commission for review and approval, Hawaiian Electric announced Wednesday. The projects are part of the second phase ...

Drive-thru testing slated for Lahaina

The Maui News Maui County will hold drive-thru testing for COVID-19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Lahaina Aquatic Center, Mayor Michael Victorino announced. The aquatic center will be closed all day for the testing, while the Lahaina Recreation Center will be closed Monday morning and ...

Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant is issued red placard, shut down

The Maui News The Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Kihei has been shut down and issued a red placard for roach infestations in its kitchen and other food safety violations, the state Department of Health said Wednesday. The restaurant has been ordered to correct the violations by today, ...

Hawaii voters reminded they don’t need to request ballots

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu elections officials said Wednesday voters don’t need to request ballots to be mailed to them after the U.S. Postal Service sent postcards to residents across the country warning them to ask for mail-in ballots at least 15 days before Election Day. Hawaii is one ...

Roundtable TV talk show on assistance to be shown today

The Maui News A roundtable discussion about available assistance for rent, mortgage, food and utilities, led by Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura, will be televised at 6 p.m. today on Akaku Maui Community Media Channel 54. “There are so many resources right now that are being underutilized, ...

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 ...

A different take on running river

Kihei’s Joe Seong leaps onto a rock while jogging down the middle of Wailuku River on Saturday. Seong said running the river is a challenging workout that takes concentration and balance. “It’s my exercise,” he said. “I do it every day. It’s good for focus. No business, no ...

Two care home residents with COVID-19 have died

Roselani Place reported Tuesday that two of its residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died and that the facility’s case count now stands at 52, an increase of three cases from last week. One female resident died at the hospital and the other female resident died at the assisted ...

Some products will soon get pricier with shipping rate increase

Residents soon will see prices increase on certain products in the wake of the 46 percent emergency rate hike approved by the state Public Utilities Commission for interisland shipper Young Brothers that took effect this month. Although some local businesses have yet to see updated invoices, ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reports 66 new cases Tuesday, including 59 on Oahu, six on Hawaii island and none in Maui or Kauai counties. One Hawaii resident was diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 10,844 cases statewide, including 9,782 on Oahu, 599 in ...

Quick COVID-19 drive-up testing Sunday

The Maui News Rapid drive-up COVID-19 testing, provided by Doctors On Call, Maui’s Urgent Care, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at The Shops At Wailea. People will remain in their cars where a nurse will conduct the test, the news release said. The rapid test provides results in ...