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COVID-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

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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 2 p.m. Friday. Public Facilities n The Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku has reopened to the public, ...

Unions open to resort bubbles with safety

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Unions representing workers at Maui’s larger hotels said Thursday they’re open to the idea of resort bubbles but emphasized the need to collaborate with resort companies on stringent safety measures to reduce risk of staff exposure. “Local 5 welcomes measures like ‘travel bubbles’ ...

Lanai man Maui County’s 7th COVID-19 death

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The death of a Lanai man reported by state officials Thursday was Maui County’s seventh COVID-19-related fatality and the state’s 45th.  The man, between the ages of 40 and 59 with underlying health conditions, had been hospitalized on Maui for some time. The Health Department said his ...

Hokama complains about lack of screening at Lanai harbor

Local News

Council Member Riki Hokama, who holds the Lanai residency seat, expressed “extreme disappointment” with state efforts to screen arrivals for COVID-19 at Manele Small Boat Harbor — “the biggest gateway to the island” — in a letter to Gov. David Ige. “The Health Department has ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

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Latest developments: • A Lanai man, 40 to 59 years old, died of COVID-19, Maui County’s seventh virus-related death and the state’s 45th. He had an underlying health condition and had been hospitalized at Maui Memorial Medical Center for some time. An Oahu man, older than 60 years old, ...

Two Molokai schools pivot to distance learning

Local News

Molokai and Hana schools were the only ones in Maui County to have face-to-face learning options, but two Molokai schools — Kaunakakai Elementary and Hana High — pivoted to full distance learning prior to the start of the school year Monday. Kaunakakai Elementary School Principal Daniel ...

Players find their happy place at soccer practice

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Players on Kihei’s American Youth Soccer Organization U-10 boys team run a sprint during their first practice of the year Tuesday afternoon at Kalama Park. Head coach Dave Hammerstein said the biggest challenge was keeping the kids socially distanced. Team mom Tomi Hammerstein said other ...

Maui County jobless rate at 21.3 percent is highest in state

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The Maui News Maui County’s jobless rate hovered at 21.3 percent in July, about the same as the previous month but the highest among the state’s four counties, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday. The unemployment rate was 21.6 percent in June. A ...

Baldwin park to be closed for week

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The Maui News Baldwin Beach Park will be closed from today through Thursday to remove part of the pavilion, which was damaged by the ocean recently, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said. The department asks the public to remain outside of construction area barriers for ...

Maui police officers arrest 14 quarantine violators

Local News

Maui police reported arresting 14 individuals during a two-month period ending Wednesday for violating the mandatory 14-day travel quarantine orders. Those arrested and charged included the two Illinois women, 36-year-old Charlet Dupar and 28-year-old Michelle Cadenas, who were arrested Monday ...

Officials pull plug on ‘Temptation Island’

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The Maui News A day after it was revealed that the reality TV series “Temptation Island” was going to be shot at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort over the next two months, the plug was pulled on the project. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said Thursday that after talking with the ...

MPD stationed at Kahului Airport

Local News

Maui police are on the front lines of protecting the public against quarantine breakers and emergency rule violators with officers stationed at Kahului Airport and the Criminal Intelligence Unit investigating reports of those trying to skirt the law. At an online Maui Police Commission ...

Mayor again warns of county restraints

Local News

As Maui hit a single-day record for COVID-19 cases, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino again warned that he will reinstate emergency restrictions if numbers don’t improve — this time by Monday. “I’m going to say that unless this changes quite drastically quite quickly, rollback will ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Local News

Latest developments: • A record high 20 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday for Maui County. • A total of 261 new cases reported statewide — 234 on Oahu and seven on Hawaii island. • 5,609 confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Hawaii: 5,111 in Honolulu County, 262 in ...

Governor blames virus spike for contact tracer shortage

Local News

The Associated Press and The Maui News HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige on Wednesday blamed a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases for the state falling short when it comes to tracing the contacts of people with the disease. Ige spoke at a news conference at the Hawaii Convention Center where the ...

Police patrol social gathering hot spots

Local News

Gatherings in Paia, including people associated with drum circle gatherings not practicing social distancing, led Maui police to step up enforcement efforts last week, police said Wednesday. More than 40 citations for illegal camping in vehicles on public property were issued. No arrests were ...

Firefighter recruits take part in training exercise

Local News

First photo: Members of the Maui Fire Department’s 36th Recruit Class deploy ladders during a rescue training exercise Wednesday afternoon at a Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center parking structure in Kahului. The class, which also includes recruits from State Airport Rescue Fire Fighting units from ...

Hawaiian Electric puts in new EV fast charger

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The Maui News Hawaiian Electric has installed a new fast-charging station for electric vehicles at the Pukalani Terrace Center, the utility announced Tuesday. This publicly-accessible DC fast charger owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric offers a new lower rate during daytime hours to ...