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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

Molokai, Lanai residents hope for help for shipper

Businesses and residents on Molokai and Lanai are hopeful the state will assist their only ocean cargo carrier, struggling financially due to COVID-19-related shipping reductions, before any major disruptions to their “lifeline” occurs. On May 26, Young Brothers announced that it was ...

Easing of ocean rules won’t help big operators

Despite the state’s decision to begin to allow commercial ocean activities again, the leader of a group of ocean tourism operators said Thursday that it’s still “not realistic” for larger tour boat and watersports companies to reopen because of the 10-person limit per vessel and other ...

Permits for beach weddings are back

The Maui News The state Wiki Permits online system for commercial activities on state beaches, including weddings and vow renewals, is issuing permits again, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday. There are COVID-19-related restrictions including: • No group ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• Two new COVID-19 cases reported in the state as of noon Thursday. One new cases was on Oahu, which has a total of 424. The other new cases involves a Hawaii resident diagnosed out of state, bringing that total to 11. • State total is 655 –119 in Maui County, including two on Molokai ...

Two more Habitat homes completed

The Maui News Two families received the keys to their new homes in a Habitat for Humanity Maui affordable housing project in Lahaina this week, completing the construction despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 emergency orders. The 864 square foot two bedroom, two bathroom homes ...

Maui metro area jobless rate No. 1

The Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina metropolitan area recorded the highest jobless rate of all 389 areas in the nation in April — 35 percent — and the largest jump from April 2019 — 32.5 percentage points, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. The Maui metro area was followed ...

Energy conference to be livestreamed

The Hawaii Energy Conference, originally set for March 18-19 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, has been rescheduled as a livestream event set for July 30. A discussion on how the energy sector can and should respond to current challenges by creating a “just” electrical grid will be ...

Rental assistance currently available

Rental assistance for households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is available through the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. Applicants must be residents of Maui County, have a household income at or below 60 percent of the area median income, have experienced a loss of employment or ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities ** Most county fields, community centers and gyms reopen. More than 119 inland and beach parks currently are open for exercise, sunbathing. ** Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool at the War Memorial Complex, Kihei Aquatic Center, Lahaina Aquatic Center, Upcountry Pool and Cooke ...

Commercial watersports can resume only at state facilities

Commercial watersports operators, including surf schools and kayak rentals, can resume but only on state beaches, state and county officials said Wednesday. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Wednesday the easing of some COVID-19-related restrictions to commercial and ...

Fast times

If the time on your electric plug-in clocks seem to be ahead by a few minutes, it could be because of the record low energy demand and generation caused by the shuttering of hotels and businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian Electric said. The Maui News received several reports of ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• One new COVID-19 case reported on Oahu as of noon Wednesday. The person is a nonresident who became ill while in self-quarantine. • State total is 653 — 119 in Maui County, including two on Molokai none on Lanai (one case was removed after negative results during retesting), 423 in ...

Idled rental cars

Weeds grow around idled rental cars near Kahului Airport on May 28. With air travel and tourism severely reduced due to the global coronavirus pandemic, most of the island’s rental fleet is out to pasture, jamming former sugar cane fields, lining roads and filling parking lots. Maui totaled ...

Kama‘aina Kids offers summer child care

The Maui News Kama‘aina Kids will be transitioning from Essential Support Childcare Programs to a Summer Care for school-aged children on Maui to address the child care needs that many families are facing during the extended stay-at-home order. The Summer Care program is open to all ...

Maui Sunday Market set to reopen

The Maui News The Maui Sunday Market will reopen this weekend under new health and safety guidelines, the Maui Food Technology Center announced Monday. The market will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Kahului Shopping Center at 65 W. Kaahumanu Ave. Admission is free, and ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities ** Most county fields, community centers and gyms reopen. More than 119 inland and beach parks currently are open for exercise, sunbathing. ** Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool at the War Memorial Complex, Kihei Aquatic Center, Lahaina Aquatic Center, Upcountry Pool and Cooke ...

Business slow in Paia Town

First photo: Salesperson Evonne Tribble sweeps the entry to Oceania Maui last week in Paia while waiting for a customer. She said business was slow at the custom jewelry shop. “We’re waiting for the tourists,” she said. “There’s just not the foot traffic. The restaurants are starting ...

More muted candidate filing deadline passes

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the excitement of the passing of the deadline to file for elections in the summer and fall on Tuesday afternoon and the solidifying of the names on the ballot was muted. But after the 4:30 p.m. deadline passed, some high- profile rematches became apparent. In the ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• One new COVID-19 case reported on Oahu as of noon Tuesday. • State total is 653 –120 in Maui County, including two on Molokai none on Lanai, 422 in Honolulu County, 81 in Hawaii County and 20 in Kauai County. Ten Hawaii residents have been diagnosed out of state, • There have been ...

Mayor: E. Maui isolation to remain until people feel safe

Checkpoints at Twin Falls and just past Ulupalakua Ranch will remain in place until the Hana community and county feel the situation is safe, though the Haiku roadblock currently is down, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said Tuesday. The roadblocks have been manned by the National Guard ...