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Maui News

Maui COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass delta surge, staff is “busy but nimble”

“MMMC’s census is very busy at over 95% capacity with COVID and non-COVID patient care needs,” said Maui Health spokesperson Tracy Dallarda. “However, the hospital is not at an ‘internal emergency’ status as other hospitals around the state have declared…”

Polynesian Voyaging Society receives grant from 11th Hour Racing for environmental project

Polynesian Voyaging Society will engage student navigators in storm training and the ancient science of non-instrument, wayfinding navigation while sailing through the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel between the islands of Maui and Hawai’i in preparation for crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Power restored to 7,200 on Maui after generator tripped at Māʻalaea

About 7,200 customers in parts of Kahului, South Maui, Lahaina, Kula and Kūʻau experienced an outage when a generator tripped at the Māʻalaea Generating Station.

Maui Police 25% short staffed: 21 resignations, 13 retirements in 2021

The Maui Police Department is more than 25% short staffed with 145 vacancies department wide.

Hawai’i Congressional delegation urges federal disaster declaration for December storm damage

Today, the Hawai’i Congressional delegation of US Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie K. Hirono and US Representatives Ed Case and Kaiali‘i Kahele urged President Joe Biden to act swiftly on Governor David Ige’s request for a presidential disaster declaration for areas across the state impacted by last month’s severe weather and flooding.

Hawaiʻi Attorney General urges FDA to preserve state protections of over-the-counter hearing aids

Hawai‘i Attorney General Holly T. Shikada joined a bipartisan coalition of 42 states and territories urging the US Food and Drug Administration to preserve state authority to enforce their consumer protection laws in connection to the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids.

Jan. 20, 2022 COVID-19 update: 5,911 new cases in Hawaiʻi, 9 deaths; 44 Maui hospitalizations

There are now 44 people hospitalized in Maui County with COVID-19, surpassing the 41 reported during the height of the delta surge in August 2021. 

Maui ranked among top destinations on Expedia and Vrbo 2022 searches

Maui, Hawaʻi is ranked the #2, 2022 destination based on trip searches on Vrbo and #5 based on trip searches on Expedia. The rankings were released today in the Expedia Group’s 2022 Outlook report.

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

Jurors’ Choice Award Winner Announced for Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2022
Reggae band Rebelution will perform Feb. 12 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Roots reggae band Steel Pulse to perform at MACC on Jan. 29
2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions unveils new fan activations, food options
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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

Closures Planned on Several Roadways Next Week

The county Department of Public Works and Grace Pacific LLC. announced Thursday that lane closures for portions of Mailihuna Road and Kawaihau Road and the full closure of a part of Hau‘a‘ala Road are planned for next week.

Lawmakers Urge Biden to Approve Disaster Declaration Request for Kona Low Damages

Hawai‘i's congressional delegation in Washington is urging President Joe Biden to approve a request from Gov. David Ige for a presidential disaster declaration in connection with the Kona low storm that ransacked portions of the state in December.

West Kaua‘i Job Fair Set For Feb. 2

The West Kaua‘i Job Fair will be held on Feb. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Hanapēpē United Church of Christ located at 4481 Kona Road, The Office of Economic Development announced.

257 New Cases Identified on Kaua‘i

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, Jan. 20.

U.S. Coast Guard Schedules Boom Operations at Nawiliwili Harbor

The launch ramp and wharfage area at Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor inlet will be temporarily shut down next week as the U.S. Coast Guard conducts boom operations.

Big Island News

UH Regents Approve New Maunakea Master Plan

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents during its meeting Thursday adopted the new Master Plan for UH-managed lands on Maunakea.

Kaʻū Residents Hit Snag in Attempts to Order Free At-Home COVID Tests Through USPS

The federal government's rollout to send four free at-home COVID-19 tests to homes across the nation is hitting a snag on the Big Island as residents in Ocean View are running into error messages in their attempts to sign up to receive the kits.

Police: 2 Missing Girls Located in Hilo

Big Island police said that a 12-year-old child who was previously reported as missing has been located.

Lawmakers Urge Biden to Approve Disaster Declaration Request for Kona Low Damages

Hawai‘i's congressional delegation in Washington is urging President Joe Biden to approve a request from Gov. David Ige for a presidential disaster declaration in connection with the Kona low storm that ransacked portions of the state in December.

Request to Change Land Use Classification for Site of Proposed Affordable Housing Project Moves Forward

The Hawai'i County Council on Wednesday approved the first reading of a land-use amendment request so an affordable housing project in Hilo can move forward.