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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

Ige to extend out-of-state travel quarantine

Gov. David Ige said the state is planning to once again extend the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers — this time into July — a little over a week after signing an emergency proclamation that pushed it to June 30. “We will be extending the quarantine beyond June ...

Molokini, sans the snorkelers, gets in-depth look with survey

A research team last week began studying the ecosystem around Molokini — without the usual tour boats and crowds of snorkelers — to observe any changes. They already have noticed a few. The protected Marine Life Conservation District drew more than 360,000 snorkelers and divers in 2018, ...

Firm gets warning for hand santizer brouhaha

The county Liquor Control Department on Tuesday handed Maui Brewing Co. a “notice of warning” after investigating the company’s made-in-house hand sanitizer and giveaway promotions. In a statement released Thursday night, the department said that its investigation last month “revealed ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• Three new cases reported on Oahu on Thursday. Two cases are from community spread, while the exposure behind a third is unknown. • The state total is 647 cases, with 417 in Honolulu County, 118 in Maui County (two on Molokai, none on Lanai), 82 in Hawaii County and 20 in Kauai County. ...

Pools to reopen with reservations only

Residents hoping to use county pools once they reopen Monday must make reservations and will be limited to exercise only, a parks official said.  Deputy Parks and Recreation Director John Buck said during a news conference Thursday that pools will be open for 45-minute lap swimming only and ...

Mana Foods refutes emergency paid leave violation claim by Labor Dept.

Locally-owed Mana Foods in Paia is disputing a U.S. Department of Labor claim that the company denied an employee paid leave to care for the individual’s child whose school was closed due to the pandemic. A May 13 news release said an investigation by the department’s Labor’s Wage and ...

UH to make SAT, ACT optional for fall 2021

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii announced that the SAT and ACT will be optional for applicants for the fall 2021 semester as a result of the coronavirus. The exemption for the two standardized entrance exams is only for students applying to enter the university for the 2021-22 ...

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, ...

Mayor ‘confident’ a solution can be found for shipping company

Maui County’s mayor expressed optimism Wednesday that a solution will be found to help buoy the shipping company that provides a lifeline for Neighbor Island communities, especially smaller ones on Lanai and Molokai. “I’m very confident the state and the Legislature and the ...

Rural area census forms are delayed by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for 2020 census officials, including a decrease in face-to-face contact and delays in delivering materials to rural communities, a Maui County official said Wednesday. “The federal bureau is working hard on that to solve that,” Bill Snipes, ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• One new cases reported statewide at noon Wednesday on Hawaii island. • The state total is 644 cases, with 414 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 ...

Most businesses, activities get green light to reopen Monday

Calling it the largest and last big change for Maui County’s reopening, Mayor Michael Victorino confirmed Wednesday afternoon that most local businesses and facilities got the green light from the state to open doors as early as Monday. Most county parks, fitness gyms, pools, recreation ...

23 hotels in county still open earlier in May

Twenty-three hotels and resorts still were open on Maui and Molokai in early May, according to a Hawaii Tourism Authority survey for the state Legislature. Reports on hotel occupancy and revenue and on vacation rentals for April, released by HTA on Tuesday and Wednesday, showed steep declines ...

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, ...

Cowell wins UH’s Bonham Award

The Maui News King Kekaulike High School graduate Colton Cowell is the male recipient of the University of Hawaii’s Jack Bonham Award, the school announced Wednesday. Cowell, a member of the Rainbow Warriors men’s volleyball team, joined women’s tennis player Petra Melounova as this ...

let’s see how good you’re feeling

Maui Memorial Medical Center aide Precious Agdeppa takes a temperature as Loida Villanueva looks on. The pair were screening entry to the hospital. This photo was taken May 14. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Mayor: ‘New normal is upon us’

On the third consecutive day of no new COVID-19 cases for the state, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino announced that he’s planning to reopen most county activities, businesses and industries Monday, pending Gov. David Ige’s approval. If Ige signs off, most county parks, fitness gyms, ...

County to spend federal funds on COVID-19 plans

Maui County plans to spend the $66.6 million it’s receiving in federal relief funds on social services, protective equipment, the construction of quarantine sites and other needs to help the county combat and recover from COVID-19. On Tuesday, the Maui County Council approved on first ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• No new cases reported statewide Tuesday for seventh time this month. • The state total remains at 643 cases, with 414 in Honolulu County, 118 in Maui County (two on Molokai, none on Lanai); 81 in Hawaii County and 20 in Kauai County. Ten residents have been diagnosed out of state. ...

Council 2020-21 budget passes first reading

The Maui County Council passed on first reading an $819.3 million budget that residents praised for keeping funding for social services intact despite the economic struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic. The council’s fiscal year 2020-21 budget trimmed about $52 million from the mayor’s ...