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Maui Coronavirus Impacts

Six million pounds of food given in pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, leaving thousands out of work, the Maui Food Bank and its partner agencies have given out 6 million pounds of food in just nine months, more than twice what they normally distribute in a year. “Typically in normal year, we don’t even do 3 million ...

Maui won’t opt out of pre-travel testing program

Despite an uptick in travel-related COVID-19 cases in Maui County this month, Mayor Michael Victorino confirmed that he isn’t yet considering any moves to opt out of the state’s pre-travel testing program. “As far as opting out, I’m not exactly ready to opt out,” Victorino said ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 108 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, including 93 on Oahu, five on Maui, one on Hawaii island and one on Kauai. Eight residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,501 cases statewide, including 15,011 on ...

Wailea Blue Course, closed since July, to reopen Dec. 20

Barry Helle has worked in a quiet office since July 6, but he will welcome the return to louder, more normal times in a few weeks. The Wailea Golf Club announced Wednesday that the Wailea Blue Course will reopen on Dec. 20. Helle, the general manager of the Blue Course, could not be ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Friday 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 ...

Maui dogs could be trained to ‘paws’ spread of COVID-19

Four dogs on Maui may soon be training to detect COVID-19 in a person’s sweat as part of a study that’s tapping into emerging science and canines’ keen sense of smell to fight the pandemic. Maui-based Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is partnering with The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu in ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 61 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, including 45 on Oahu, seven on Hawaii island, four on Maui and one on Kauai. Four residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,393 cases statewide, including 14,918 on ...

Maui visitors up since pre-travel testing launch

With the reopening of Hawaii to tourism last month, Maui visitor arrivals moved from about 2,000 in September to about 23,000 in October, according to data released Tuesday by Hawaii Tourism Authority. The visitor industry — largely shut down after a mandatory 14-day trans-Pacific travel ...

Two COVID testing events set for Kihei

Free drive-thru COVID-19 surge testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday in Kihei after county officials cited “an uptick in cases in South Maui.” The testing will take place at the South Maui Community Park at 1501 Liloa Drive, the county announced Tuesday. ...

Gift certificates available for pickup

Molokai residents with vouchers for grocery gift certificates can pick them up from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Mitchell Pauole Center conference room in Kaunakakai. In lieu of Thanksgiving and turkey boxes, which were given out on Maui, the county has sent out vouchers to Molokai and Lanai ...

Convenience fees waived till Dec. 31

Maui County is extending its waiver of credit card convenience fees and transaction fees until Dec. 31 for county bills, except for real property tax. “This waiver extension will keep bill payments easy and convenient and help our residents cope financially with the impacts of COVID-19,” ...

Local Briefs

Angel Tree program serves keiki, kupuna For the fourth year in a row, Maui County Federal Credit Union is partnering with The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Individuals can pick-up an Angel Tree tag through Dec. 12 from any Maui County FCU branch in Kahului, Lahaina and Wailuku, purchase ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Friday 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 ...

New rule on negative test before flying starts today

Beginning today, travelers who want to bypass the 14-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner prior to departing for the Aloha State. Not only will the key change make the state’s pre-arrival testing program safer but it will also cut ...

Officials say golf tourney followed COVID rules

Retired Major League Baseball player and Maui boy Shane Victorino said that a golf tournament and dinner benefit he hosted over the weekend followed COVID-19 protocols, as some on social media questioned why the mayor’s son was holding a large event during the pandemic. “Rest assured: We ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 114 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, including 80 on Oahu, 11 on Maui, 10 on Hawaii island and three on Kauai. Ten residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,333 cases statewide, including 14,873 on ...

Nurse cited in sweep of Little Beach

The Maui News One woman was cited for having alcohol in a state park Sunday night when a team of state enforcement officers swept through Little Beach in Makena State Park, finding many beachgoers who weren’t maintaining physical distance or wearing masks, according to the state Department ...

First jury trial in state since pandemic

First photo: Nadine Gomes, judicial assistant for 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo, swears in 12 jurors and one alternate selected Monday afternoon for the first jury trial in the state since the pandemic began. Defendant Dwayne Tuck is seated behind glass across from Deputy Prosecutor Joanne ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Friday 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, ...

More mobile help coming for Maui people in need

More help is on the horizon for Maui’s needy population as police spearhead an effort to roll out a Mobile Medical Educational Unit possibly by the end of the year. The mobile unit will be a bus offering wound care, mental health services and education on preventative measures for ...