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Libraries closures are extended

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Public libraries and bookmobile services and book drops will remain closed until further notice, the Hawaii State Public Libraries System said Wednesday, following Gov. David Ige’s extension of coronavirus emergency orders through the end of May. The library system advises borrowers not to ...

Nonprofit offers free deliveries

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A nonprofit is offering free deliveries to elderly residents in Maui County, Oahu, Hawaii island and Kauai during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Kupuna provides volunteers to bring groceries, supplies and medication free of charge to senior citizens ages 65 and older. Volunteers are connected ...

COVID-19 at a glance

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• Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino announced reopening of some parks for exercise and golf courses as of Friday. He also called for people to wear face masks when leaving their homes. • There were four new cases, none on Maui. Three were on Oahu and a Hawaii resident diagnosed out of ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

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Public Facilities • County fields, pools, gyms, parks and public restrooms, closed until further notice. Beach parks and restrooms closed. • Community centers, closed until further notice. • County offices closed until further notice. • Hana Highway to Hana and Piilani Highway ...

MCHCA calls off regatta season

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Because there are “too many unknowns” surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association president Keone Ball said it was clearly the right decision to cancel the summer regatta season. “It’s really unfortunate, especially for the kids,” Ball said via phone ...

Nonprofits, volunteers join up to help homeless people

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A Maui Rapid Response team has stepped up to provide immediate help and assistance for homeless and unsheltered people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a struggle to fill in the gaps. Food and water are in high demand but have become less and less available for homeless people ...

Lanai resident tests positive for COVID-19 while at Maui hospital

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A Lanai resident hospitalized on Maui has tested positive for COVID-19 in a case that Mayor Michael Victorino said was connected to the outbreak at Maui Memorial Medical Center. According to the state Department of Health, the patient was transported to Maui in early March for treatment not ...

Council committee works to trim mayor’s $869,800,000 budget

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A Maui County Council committee is on track to trim at least $50 million from the mayor’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget, though the working budget does include raises for the Office of Council Services that council members said would bring parity with other county departments. The ...

Making a clean sweep along South Kihei Road

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Maui County workers sweep sand from South Kihei Road on Tuesday morning. The cleanup closed South Kihei Road from Ohukai Street to Kaonoulu Street for part of the day and was scheduled after recent flooding left debris in the area. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Butterfly proposed to help take a bite out of invasive miconia

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A small butterfly that naturally feeds on miconia in Costa Rica could be brought in to help control the invasive tree that’s taken over large swaths of forest on Maui and other islands. The state Department of Agriculture and Department of Land and Natural Resources are proposing the ...

Recycling and redemption centers set to remain open

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The Maui News All Maui County recycling centers and associated HI-5 redemption centers remain open as “essential businesses” under public health emergency rules, the county said Tuesday. The public should observe the following guidelines, including: • Taking only accepted materials ...

Work will shut down water in Kula

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Homes in Ka‘ono‘ulu through the Keokea area will have their water shut off from around 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday during work on the county’s upper Kula water system. The shutdown will affect water services above and below Kula Highway from Naalae Road to Maukahani Road and may possibly ...

Gabbard to host tele-town hall

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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will host a tele-town hall at 4 p.m. today with health and small business officials to discuss the coronavirus crisis. Gabbard will share new developments from Congress and will also host Dr. Scott Miscovich of Premier Medical Group to speak about Hawaii’s testing ...

COVID-19 at a glance

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• State reports two new cases Tuesday, both adults on Maui, including a Lanai resident who had been hospitalized on Maui for an extended time. • There are now 609 cases: 396 on Oahu, 115 in Maui County (including two on Molokai, none on Lanai), 70 on Hawaii island and 21 on Kauai. Seven ...

Local Briefs

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Front-line workers served free meals Down the Hatch at The Wharf Center in Lahaina has been providing free hot meals to police officers, firefighters, EMTs and health care workers. “We’re committed to taking care of those on the front lines,” says co-owner Javier Barberi. “We know ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

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Public Facilities • County fields, pools, gyms, parks and public restrooms, closed until further notice. Beach parks and restrooms closed. • Community centers, closed until further notice. • County offices closed until further notice. • Hana Highway to Hana and Piilani Highway ...

Beach break during closure

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Mom Lucia Olivieri lifts 9-month-old baby Sienna into the air as dad Emanuel Gonzalez looks on during a swim at Keawakapu Beach on April 18. Lucia and Emanuel are the owners of Java Cafe in Kihei’s Azeka Shopping Center. They said they went to the beach to swim and walk during the month their ...

Maui Medical provider tests positive

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A Maui Medical Group provider who has worked exclusively at Maui Memorial Medical Center for the past four months has tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials with both the hospital and the medical group. The provider was tested for COVID-19 two weeks ago by Maui Medical Group ...

UH-Maui College to present a virtual graduation

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UH-Maui College has elected to hold an online commencement ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 3 amid the COVID-19 outbreak and stay-at-home emergency orders. “Unfortunately, due to ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make some very difficult decisions,” ...

Mandatory water cutbacks ordered for Central Maui

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Four Department of Water Supply wells in Wailuku and Waihee — with the capacity to produce a quarter of Central Maui’s demand — are out of commission, prompting the water director to call for mandatory water cutbacks for users in the area beginning Sunday. A Stage 1 water shortage has ...