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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

Social distancing hard on political campaigns

No beef stew fundraisers and in-person candidate forums and fewer yard signs and roadside sign waving are part of the new normal for Maui’s political campaign landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is an extraordinary period,” County Council Chairwoman Alice Lee said about the ...

Candidates complain about early ballot mailing

A couple of candidates running in Saturday’s primary election complained about mail-in ballots being sent out a week ahead of schedule, prompting them to scramble to reschedule the release of their advertising materials. First-time County Council candidate Sne Patel said he and other new ...

Partial interisland travel quarantine Tuesday to Aug. 31

Gov. David Ige announced Thursday that a partial interisland travel quarantine will be implemented Tuesday through Aug. 31, citing a surge in Oahu cases, consensus among county mayors and need to relieve the burden on hospitals. The mandatory 14-day self-quarantine only will impact travelers ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reports 152 new cases Thursday, 148 on Oahu, three on Maui and one on Hawaii island as of noon. The state health director indicated that the total may actually be a lot higher due to a medical reporting system malfunction. • There have now been 2,914 cases ...

Distance learning options with local conservation groups

The Maui News Maui Huliau Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering environmental education programs to Maui youths ages 12 to 18, is partnering with at least 15 local conservation organizations to launch new distance learning options for the upcoming school year. The project, called ...

Traffic to Hana picking up since road reopened

Drivers are steadily traveling again on the twisty Hana Highway in East Maui after its reopening to full public access three weeks ago, but state Sen. J. Kalani English reminded residents and visitors that “it’s still very risky” and to keep safety first when making the trip. He is also ...

Maui vacation rental occupancy higher than hotels in June

Vacation rental unit occupancy for Maui County was around 11 percent in June — higher than hotels but down 66 percentage points from last year, according to a report by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Maui County’s hotels were at 7.2 percent occupancy in June. Overall, the state’s ...

Primary election digital replica will be up Sunday

The Maui News Because of the shift to the Weekender edition, which is published Friday night, there will be no print Sunday edition of The Maui News with the results of Saturday’s primary election. However, The Maui News will be publishing a digital replica edition of the Sunday edition ...

Front Street Apartments case could be decided soon

The ongoing legal dispute over whether Front Street Apartments rents will remain affordable or be allowed to increase to market rates may be decided soon. On Wednesday, a hearing on motions for summary judgment was held remotely before U.S. District Court Judge Jill Otake, who said she would ...

Mayor pushes to reinstate interisland quarantine

In the wake of an incident where Oahu construction workers may have exposed Lanai residents to COVID-19, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino pushed again Wednesday to reinstate the 14-day interisland travel quarantine, adding that he is confident the state will respond soon. Victorino ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reports 173 new cases Wednesday, all on Oahu. Of the cases, 162 involved adults and 11 were pediatric (18 years or younger) cases. • There have now been 2,763 cases statewide, including 2,394 on Oahu, 177 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on ...

Virtual Job Fair website is launched

The Maui News Maui County has launched a Virtual Job Fair website to assist Maui County residents seeking employment opportunities, job training or new career paths. The website — www.mauicountyvirtualjobfair.com — also gives employers an online resource to find workers. The website was ...

St. Anthony is back to school

First photo: St. Anthony School 7th-grade students listen as teacher Greg Harris goes over safety protocols during the first day of school Tuesday morning in Wailuku. Students said they were happy to be back in class. “It feels good,” said 8th-grader Cali Davenport. “Even with all the ...

Jury trials pushed back

The resumption of jury trials in state courts has been delayed until Oct. 5, with Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald citing “a concerning spike in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide.” In an order issued Wednesday, Recktenwald said circuit courts may resume trials then ...

DHHL facility permits still on hold

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will not issue camping permits and facility reservations through Oct. 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extending a previous order. The facilities in Maui County affected include Ka Hale Pomaika‘i (Paukukalo Community Center) on Maui and Mo‘omomi Beach ...

School supply drive planned at Walmart

The Salvation Army, with the help of Walmart, is sponsoring “Stuff the Bus” back-to-school drives Friday through Sunday at stores statewide, including the Kahului store. With the opening of public schools pushed back to Aug. 17, this effort provides a last-minute opportunity to help ...

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 ...

HHSAA postponing football, several other fall sports to January

Bobby Grossman was caught by surprise, while Tyson Valle was expecting the announcement on Wednesday that most fall high school sports in the state have been postponed to January 2021. The Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board approved by majority vote on Monday to postpone ...

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 ...