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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 ...

Agriculture Department proposal draws testimony

While many agree on the goal of growing diversified agriculture to reduce Maui County’s reliance on the Mainland, the Maui County Council and the agricultural community are debating whether creating another county government department would help or hinder the process. More than 20 ...

Lahaina 4th of July fireworks canceled

Fourth of July fireworks, food and face painting in historic Lahaina town will have to wait until next year. The daylong July Fourth fireworks celebration that usually attracts up to 20,000 people is not doable this year under COVID-19 health and safety protocols, organizers said. “It ...

Four Seasons luxury resorts on Lanai to reopen July 1

The luxury Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort at Koele, both will be reopening July 1 to Hawaii residents, while the quarantine remains in effect for trans-Pacific travel. The resorts shut down March 24 as county and state COVID-19 emergency restrictions took ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State reports three new cases Tuesday, all on Oahu. • The state total is now 819, including 571 on Oahu, 122 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai), 85 on Hawaii island and 29 on Kauai. There are 12 cases of residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii. There have been 17 ...

MPD communications tower approved for West Maui site

The Maui Planning Commission approved a communications tower in West Maui that would serve as a backup in emergencies, though they barred the use of 5G at the site. The county Department of Public Works had sought a county special use permit to replace the Maui Police Department’s Makila ...

Planning Commission unable to decide on short-term rental cap

Concerned about unemployment and the potential for more illegal rentals, the Maui Planning Commission was unable to decide Tuesday whether to lower the cap for short-term rentals on Maui and Lanai. The commission is reviewing a bill from the Maui County Council that would reduce the number of ...

New destination taking shape at old Maui Lu site

First photo: The first building of the Maui Bay Villas by Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare is under construction, while the pad has been poured for the second. The 388-unit project is located on the 27-acre site of the former Maui Lu. The initial phase of the project in north Kihei is scheduled ...

Financial Opportunity Center to assist Maui residents with housing

The Maui News Maui County has committed $250,000 in matching funds to launch the Financial Opportunity Center to assist residents with housing and rental concerns, county Managing Director Sandy Baz said Tuesday. The county’s match provides the program with a total of $500,000, Baz said. ...

Chief Justice: Jury trials may resume Sept. 1

The Maui News The state Judiciary began making plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions on judicial proceedings and at courthouses with Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald issuing two orders Tuesday afternoon. One order said that jury trials may resume in Hawaii judicial ...

Charges dropped in alleged sword attack

Charges were dropped pending further investigation for a 42-year-old Kihei man initially charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and unlawful imprisonment, said Maui County Prosecutor Don Guzman on Tuesday afternoon.  Robert Park contacted The Maui News on Tuesday and denied the ...

March for Change set for Sunday

A March for Change in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday from the War Memorial Complex to UH-Maui College. Marchers should wear masks and bring water. The march is being organized by Keisa Liu, a 2004 Seabury Hall and 2008 Seattle University ...

Kapalua brush fire burns 2 acres 

About 2 acres of brush burned Monday night in Kapalua after a fire broke out north of Maiha Street at 7 p.m., fire officials said Tuesday.  The cause of the fire was still under investigation.  As crews arrived on scene, they found several small areas of brush on fire. Hawaiian ...

Local Briefs

Gardens reopen, meetings resume Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului has reopened to the public. New weekly business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. General admission for out-of-state visitors has been increased to $10 per person. Kamaaina with a Hawaii ID are now ...

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 ...

Sixteen new cases, none in Maui County

The state Department of Health reported 16 new COVID-19 cases as of noon today, including 13 on Oahu, one on Hawaii Island, and two residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii. The state total is now 835, including 584 on Oahu, 122 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai), 86 on ...

Travel swift with 4 pedal pushers

With shuttered Puunene Mill in the background, Kihei’s Michael and Nicole Lasco navigate Hansen Road on Thursday morning with daughters Jancie, 8, (purple helmet) and Zooey, 6, on a bicycle built for four. “It’s like driving a bus with a lot of screaming children,” Michael Lasco joked. ...

Police routines returning to normal as COVID-19 wanes

WAILUKU — After about three months of working 12-hour shifts, five days a week, during the COVID-19 crisis, some police patrol officers will return to regular schedules next month, Maui County Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu said. “It appears things are settling down,” he said by ...

COVID funds, Young Brothers bailout up for debate on Oahu

Funding to help out renters, small businesses and a major shipping company crucial to the Neighbor Islands will be some of the issues lawmakers plan to hash out over the final stretch of this year’s legislative session. The state Legislature reconvened Monday and will take on emergency ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State reports four new cases Monday, all on Oahu. • The state total is now 816, including 568 on Oahu, 122 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai), 85 on Hawaii island and 29 on Kauai. There are 12 cases of residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii. There have been 17 ...