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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

With testing on horizon, tour companies eye reopening

Visitor industry businesses are cautiously preparing for the return of customers and staff come Oct. 15, but some still have doubts over whether people will be willing to fly once the state rolls out its pre-travel testing program. “We’re really unsure what the demand will be with the ...

Two weeks left to visit Kula Lavender Farm for treats, soaps, flowers

A walk through lavender, colorful flowers and greenery with ocean and mountain view backdrops; lavender scones; and cool temperatures are what visitors to the quaint Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm, which will be closing Oct. 1., will miss most. Like many businesses on the island, the farm ...

Schools to blend learning under new guidance

The Associated Press HONOLULU — State Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Thursday that the state’s public schools would start combining in-person and remote learning instruction during the second quarter that starts next month, but the teachers union vowed to ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reports 160 new cases Thursday, including 137 on Oahu, 20 on Hawaii island and three on Maui. Kauai had no new cases. • There now have been 11,105 cases statewide, including 10,015 on Oahu, 623 in Hawaii County, 381 in Maui County ...

Census deadline nears; county better than a decade ago

More than half of Maui County residents have responded to the 2020 Census so far — a 5 percentage point increase from the previous high — but county officials advise that there is still time to self-report before the end-of-the-month deadline. “We ask for everyone’s kokua in ...

Program targets aspiring police officers

The Maui News Looking to fill the need for officers and help boost household incomes during the pandemic, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is launching a program to help people get into the Maui Police Department. The 10-week course will help students navigate the Maui County ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

NCAA pushes basketball start date to Nov. 25

The Associated Press The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The ...

MIL continuing ‘no-contact’ period following expiration of statewide edict

While the “no-contact” period agreed to by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board last month expired on Sunday, there is no change for the Maui Interscholastic League, according to Maui High School principal Jamie Yap, the MIL’s voting member of the board. The main ...

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 ...