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Maui News

Land Use Committee to take virtual tour of Lumeria Maui

Members of the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee will take a virtual tour of Lumeria Maui, a visitor facility that is being considered for a zoning change.

Booster required on Maui to be considered fully vaccinated, effective Monday, Jan. 24

Come Monday, a booster shot will be required for eligible individuals in order to be considered fully vaccinated in Maui County.

Maui MEO bus driver Darrell DeMello retires after 25 years

Darrell DeMello parked his bus for the last time in the Maui Economic Opportunity Puʻunēnē lot on Jan. 14, 2022, ending a 25-year career as a passenger assisted technician driver.

Newly sold bonds will fund $230 million for essential airport projects in Hawaiʻi

The Airports Division of the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation has sold new airports system revenue bonds to fund approximately $230 million of essential projects to modernize and expand air service facilities across the state. 

Where should public art go in Maui County? Survey seeks community input

SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is conducting a survey to identify Maui County neighborhoods that would be a good match for the art project that if funded with a National Endowment of the Arts grant.

Jan. 21, 2022 COVID-19 update: 4,473 new cases in Hawaiʻi, 2 deaths

In Maui County, the seven day average for new cases daily is 690. For every 100,000 residents in Maui County, there have been an average of 412.1 newly reported cases per day over a seven day period–thatʻs the highest in the state.

Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association donates $1 million for UH health economic professorship

The Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association donated $1 million to establish the HMSA Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Health Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization. The endowment will support UHERO’s research in the area of health economics.

UH Regents approve new Maunakea Master Plan

The Master Plan for the University of Hawaiʻi Maunakea Lands: E Ō I Nā Leo (Listen to the Voices) replaces the Master Plan the BOR adopted in 2000 and does not result in the approval, adoption or funding of new projects or land uses.

Maui Business

Farm-to-Bar Maui Kuʻia Estate Chocolate Wins Gold

Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate was named a “Producer of Excellence” and given the Gold Award in the Asia-Pacific Region in the International 2021 Cocoa of Excellence Awards, announced virtually from Rome, Italy, on Dec. 16.

MEO BDC offers Money Matters Adult Financial Literacy Workshop

The first Money Matters Adult Financial Literacy Workshop series of the new year, offered by Maui Economic Opportunityʻs Business Development Center, will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 19 and 20.

Maui Turo owners pivot to keep up with growing car rental supply

Turo owners on Maui struggle as car rental prices dropped in 2021.

Minor shipping disruptions amid COVID-19 impacts at Young Brothers on Maui

Temporary interisland shipping disruptions are expected for small container or palletized shipping as a result of COVID-19 related worker impacts at the Young Brothers shipyard on Maui, Mayor Michael Victorino confirmed.

Maui Arts & Entertainment

Where should public art go in Maui County? Survey seeks community input
Maui Smokey Robinson Concert Rescheduled from Jan. 28 to April 15
Jurors’ Choice Award Winner Announced for Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2022
Reggae band Rebelution will perform Feb. 12 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center
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Letters to the Editor

Letters: Vaccines, Tax Relief, Taxes, Pickleball, Black Rock Trash, Kanaha Pond Stench & More
Letters: Hawaiian Immersion, Homeless, Dr. Pang, Vaccines & COVID-19 Mandates
Letters: Trash, Five Graves & Ongoing Debate about Vaccinations & Tourism
Letters: Help Henry the Pig & Vaccination Debate – Public Safety vs. Personal Freedom

Maui Real Estate

Workforce housing lottery for Hale Kaiola in South Maui set for March 4
HCL offers “Know Your Options to Prevent Foreclosure” workshops for homeowners
More than half of Maui homes sold at or above list price, with 33% cash deals
Kapalua Condominiums: 2021 Year End Update

Maui Activities

Foundation launches whale-watching program for Maui County students
Maui Bee Tour Is Buzzing Again at New Location in Lahaina
Humpback Whale Season in Hawai‘i is Underway
Maui Ocean Treasures Hosts Annual “Maui Kalikimaka Sale”

Kauai News

Menehune Road Could Reopen Before the End of the Month, Officials Say

Menehune Road in Waimea is expected to remain fully closed until further notice, with a possibility of reopening before the end of January.

First Hearing on Bill to Raise Minimum Wage Set for Monday

The Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts, led by Oʻahu Sen. Brian Taniguchi, is set to hold a legislative hearing on a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $18.00 by 2026.

269 New COVID Cases Confirmed on Kauaʻi

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 269 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, Jan. 21.

4,473 New COVID Cases Reported Statewide

The state Department of Health reported 4,473 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the statewide total to 195,151.

Staffing Issues Force Temporary Closures of Recycling, Scrap Metal Services

Staffing issues force temporary closures of Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services in Kīlauea and Puhi Metals in Puhi.

Big Island News

HPD Seek Public Help Finding Runaway Teen

Authorities seek the public's locating a 15-year-old Hilo girl reported as a runaway.

2 Brothers Reported Missing Found

Hawai‘i police report that John and Joseph Norton, who had been reported missing on Jan. 19, were located in Puna in good health.

HPD: Suspect Rams 2 Police Vehicles in Puna in Attempt to Flee Officers

Two people were taken into custody in Orchidland Friday, Jan. 21, after a suspect rammed two Hawai‘i police subsidized vehicles.

High Surf Warning Issued for West-Facing Shores

The National Weather Service issued a high surf warning for west-facing shores of Hawaiʻi Island, to include North and South Kohala and North and South Kona, through this weekend.

Structure Fire Closes Highway 11 in Kealakekua

The Hawai‘i Police Department reported around 3 p.m. Friday that Highway 11 at the 111 mile marker near the KTA Express in Kealakekua is closed in both directions due to a fire.