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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

Kaiser to extend COVID-19 copayment waivers

The Maui News Kaiser Permanente will be extending its waiver through Dec. 31 for most member out-of-pocket costs for inpatient and outpatient services related to the treatment of COVID-19, the health care provider announced Thursday. The waiver, put into effect April 1 and originally set to ...

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 ...

Swimmers happy to be back in the pool

KIHEI — With Maui County swimming pools opening on Monday, Reid Yamamoto was back in his element, albeit still somewhat remotely. The veteran Maui High School and Hawaii Swim Club coach sent 10 swimmers to work out in non-saltwater for the first time in 2 1/2 months. He posted a suggested ...

Hallelujah

KIHEI— Hymns were sung with face coverings and parishioners were seated at designated distances in the pews, but the sense of community and connection were still strong inside St. Theresa Church on Sunday morning. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino allowed the reopening of in-person ...

Mayor calls for lifting of interisland travel quarantine

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino is requesting that Gov. David Ige lift the 14-day quarantine on interisland travel beginning June 15. In a Facebook post Saturday afternoon, the mayor said the lifting of the quarantine would be part of the phased reopening of businesses and operations ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• One new case on Maui reported at noon Sunday, raising the county total to 120 (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai. • State total is 652 — 421 in Honolulu County, 81 in Hawaii County and 20 in Kauai County. Ten Hawaii residents have been diagnosed out of state, with one ...

Hungry Homeless Heroes

Steve Calkins and Brad Kukral are the co-founders of Hungry Homeless Heroes Hawaii, a new nonprofit on Maui. Just after the stay-at-home order began islandwide, the two were walking down Front Street in Lahaina. “It was a ghost town,” said Calkins. Both felt there was a visible yet ...

Med-QUEST paring of health insurance providers is nixed

The Maui News The state Department of Human Services is rescinding a controversial request for proposals process that had pared Med-QUEST insurers for Maui County from five to two, the department announced Friday. The cancellation of the proposals process released in August was due to the ...

Sugar museum reopens Tuesday

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, which has been closed due to COVID-19 emergency orders, will reopen Tuesday. The museum, located on 3957 Hansen Road, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday until further notice. Admission is free for June, but reservations must be ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities • Most county fields, community centers and gyms are slated to reopen Monday. 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, ...

Visitor-oriented companies suffer longer wait to recover

With many Maui County businesses preparing to reopen in June, others, such as companies bolstered by tourism, are having to wait longer to see customers and revenues. A University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization study released Thursday shows tourism returning to Hawaii in late July ...

Health officials still cautious about factoring in antibody tests

As businesses and beaches slowly reopen, some health officials are hoping that antibody testing can help detect just how much of the population was actually exposed to the virus during the “first wave.” But others are still reserved about the accuracy of the tests and cautioned against ...

Visitor arrivals were down to a mere trickle in April

Maui County hosted 647 visitors in April, down from 248,042 last year, with COVID-19 passenger quarantines for Mainland travelers in place and most hotels shut down. That represented a 99.7 percent decline from last year for April, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority data released ...

COVID-19 at a glance

• Three new cases on Oahu reported at noon Friday. • The state total is 649 cases, with 419 in Honolulu County, 118 in Maui County (two on Molokai, none on Lanai); 82 in Hawaii County and 20 in Kauai County. Ten residents have been diagnosed out of state. • There have been 17 deaths ...

Some lawmakers critical, some OK with hospital changes

In the wake of an outbreak that infected more than 50 patients and staff at Maui Memorial Medical Center, local lawmakers’ opinions have been mixed on whether an investigation should happen. “I believe it is important to have an in-depth review and investigation from both internal and ...

County mulling rules for interisland travel

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino is still mulling a final plan and potential restrictions once interisland travel resumes without the mandatory 14-day quarantine, which isn’t expected to happen for a few weeks. Since Gov. David Ige hinted at lifting the interisland quarantine, the county ...

MACC to open for drive-in movie nights

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will be turning the A&B Amphitheater into a drive-in theater Friday and June 6 for showings of Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 4.” The MACC has been closed and its shows canceled or postponed since the COVID-19 emergency orders in late March. This ...

Covid-19 Maui County 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. Last updated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Public Facilities • Most county fields, community centers and gyms are slated ...

Dining to Go

Restaurants and eateries are available for takeout — some with delivery and curbside pickup — all over the Valley Isle. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Central Maui • Amigo’s Kahului, 872-9525; 333 Dairy Road; delivery and takeout; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. • Ba-Le Vietnamese Food Kahului, ...

Hana metals event postponed

The Hana Metals and Electronics Recycling Event that had been scheduled for Thursday to June 6 has been postponed due to COVID-19 emergency orders, the county Department of Environmental Management announced Friday. The event is held in partnership with Refrigerant Recycling Inc., Hana ...