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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

‘Safer at Home’ rule lifted for Lanai as COVID-19 wanes

Lanai will move from “Safer at Home” to the less restrictive “Act with Care” phase starting today after about two weeks of reporting no new COVID-19 cases, county officials said Monday. The county put Lanai under a “Stay at Home” order Oct. 27 after cases ballooned from zero to ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Friday 4 • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), 12-step recovery program for people who want to develop healthy and loving relationships. 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Newcomers welcome. For information, email FridayNightCoda@gmail.com. Monday 7 • Rotary Club of Kahului, ...

Blood Bank back in business

First photo: Blood Bank of Hawaii Young Street Donor Center Supervisor Amber Kozaki talks with Kahului’s Nolan Tan as he donates blood Tuesday afternoon during the blood drive at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. Tan said he has given more than a gallon of blood since he started ...

Maui comedy film hits theater Friday

A North Shore resident and filmmaker hopes to make Maui moviegoers laugh this week with a family-friendly surf comedy shot on the Valley Isle last year. “Aloha Surf Hotel,” written and directed by Stefan Schaefer and starring local actors, will begin its Maui theatrical run Friday at ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 57 new cases as of noon Sunday, including 46 on Oahu, four on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and three on Maui. Three residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,840 cases statewide, including 15,264 on Oahu, ...

State seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view of paradise

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York City, five hours ahead of Maui, where he is renting a home with a backyard ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Today 30 • Rotary Club of Kahului, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom meeting. For information, contact President Della Nakamoto, 264-1213 or dnakamoto@atlasinsurance.com. Friday 4 • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), 12-step recovery program for people who want to develop ...

County sees sharp decline in traffic deaths this year

WAILUKU — Maui County has seen the sharpest decline statewide in traffic deaths so far this year, as fewer vehicles have been on the road during the pandemic. Through Thursday, six people had died in crashes in the county this year, compared with 22 at the same time last year for a 73 ...

Restaurant closes for cleaning after COVID-19 cases found

The Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea closed temporarily “out of an abundance of caution” after three employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Wailea eatery had just reopened Nov. 19 after being closed throughout the pandemic. While the state Department of Health did not require it to close, ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

The Maui News has compiled a list of countywide cancellations, closures and postponements due to coronavirus. This story is updated daily as information is released.   Datebook Listings   Monday 30 • Rotary Club of Kahului, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom meeting. For information, contact ...

COVID-19 at a glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 92 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, including 71 on Oahu, five on Hawaii island, five on Kauai and four on Maui. Seven residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,708 cases statewide, including 15,170 on ...

Hawaii courthouses closed through year as result of pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Supreme Court has extended the closure of state courthouses to the public through the end of the year to limit the spread of COVID-19. The state judiciary began postponing matters if necessary and moving proceedings online when possible after Democratic Gov. David ...

Hana and Lanai are part of smartphone app pilot project

Hana and Lanai are the first communities in the state to try out a pilot program application that notifies people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The AlohaSafe Alert smartphone application has already been downloaded more than 3,000 times since it launched earlier this month, according ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 120 new cases Thursday, including 92 on Oahu, 11 on Hawaii island, 14 on Maui and three on Kauai. • There now have been 17,618 cases statewide, including 15,101 on Oahu, 1,569 in Hawaii County, 640 in Maui County (517 on Maui, ...

Paia woman fined for breaking public health rules

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Paia woman was ordered to pay a $250 fine after she was arrested in August for violating public health emergency rules by having Mainland students stay at her yoga school, a deputy prosecutor said. The fine was imposed Friday on Naciye Toraman, 51, after she ...

Hotel GM talks turkey to employees

Wearing an inflatable turkey costume, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea General Manager Marc Bromley helps load food into a truck bed during a socially distanced food drive Monday. The Four Seasons executive team handed out whole turkeys (or Impossible meatloves for vegans and vegetarians) and ...

Local Religion / In Brief

There will be an annual blessing of the animals service at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at Keawala‘i Congregational Church in Makena. Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. At Keawala‘i, it has become a tradition that the blessing ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Today 27 • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), 12-step recovery program for people who want to develop healthy and loving relationships. 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Newcomers welcome. For information, email FridayNightCoda@gmail.com. Monday 30 • Rotary Club of Kahului, noon ...

Rep. Case confident state won’t need to return relief funds

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Rep. Ed Case, a Democrat, said he was confident that unspent federal coronavirus relief funds meant for the state will not have to be returned at the end of the year despite the bill’s assertion that the money must be spent by Dec. 31. The state and its local ...

Serving up Thanksgiving

Members of the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program’s Umeke Ka‘eo Gastronomy Club dish up succulent Thanksgiving food Wednesday afternoon at the Kahului campus. Students and staff prepared 600 meals that included sous vide turkey with gravy and fresh cranberry sauce, taro ...