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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 ...

DOE launches help desk for students and parents

The Maui News The state Department of Education said Tuesday that it has launched the nation’s first statewide, comprehensive help desk providing technology support to public school students and their parents as schools offer more opportunities for online and blended learning. The ‘Ohana ...

One-year jail term ordered for man who assaulted ex-girlfriend

WAILUKU — A one-year jail term was ordered for a Kahului man convicted of assaulting and abusing his ex-girlfriend and driving stolen cars. Jonathan Awai, 33, also was placed on four years’ probation when he was sentenced Friday. In four criminal cases, Awai had pleaded no contest to ...

County seeks public input on hazard plan

The Maui News Maui County officials are seeking public input on an updated plan to address threats such as wildfires, beach erosion and highway rockslides. The Hazard Mitigation Plan aims to protect people, the environment, the local economy and infrastructure from natural hazards and climate ...

Search for missing diver suspended

The Maui News The Coast Guard has suspended the active search for a Hana man who was reported missing Friday after he didn’t return from spearfishing off Paia. William Scott Stanga, 52, was last seen at about 3 p.m. Friday by friends snorkeling near Kuau Bay Beach, which is below Mama’s ...

Local Briefs

AIDS Foundation resuming services Maui AIDS Foundation is resuming some services suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They include: • Office hours are now 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays by appointment. The agency requests no entry without an appointment. • Client in-person service ...

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 ...

173 new COVID-19 cases — all on Oahu

State health officials reported today at noon 173 new COVID-19 cases -- all on Oahu. Oahu now totals 2,394 cases since tracking began; of those cases, 1,104 have been released from isolation. Due to updated information Wednesday, one case was removed from Maui County's total, dropping it to ...

Ten of the 23 shelters at Waiale park are occupied

WAILUKU — Ten of the 23 temporary housing units in the Waiale Park field currently are occupied and sheltering 14 people, Maui County officials said Monday. The units, built in May in the park between Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center and Hale Makana O Waiale apartments, are meant ...

Visitor officials looking at ‘resort bubbles’

The visitor industry on Maui is looking at creating “resort bubbles” or “geo-fencing” with visitor arrivals down 99 percent in June and the Sept. 1 lifting of the quarantine requirement for trans-Pacific travelers looking dimmer as new COVID-19 cases statewide hit triple digits ...

Gov. Ige warns of travel plan delay

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii continued to experience a sharp spike in the number of COVID-19 cases on Monday, prompting Gov. David Ige to warn that the state may have to once again delay the start of a pretravel testing program for travelers if the trend doesn’t change. “If there are too ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reports 207 new cases Monday, including 198 on Oahu, seven on Maui and two on Hawaii island. Of those cases, 114 were due to delayed test results over the weekend. • There have been 2,248 cases statewide, including 2,083 on Oahu (one case was removed due to ...

Large drone test flight successful; Lanai activities still being planned

Test flights of a solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS) were conducted last week at Spaceport America in New Mexico, and officials said that test flights are still planned for Lanai as part of a long-term plan to bring internet connectivity to rural areas worldwide. HAPSMobile ...

Mayor calls for crackdown on social gathering rule offenders

As the state continues logging single-day records of COVID-19 cases, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino warned that law enforcement will begin cracking down on social gatherings that exceed the 10-person limit and other emergency-rule violations. Last week, Victorino reduced the allowable ...