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Maui News

Facial Imaging Technology for COVID-19 Detection Purposes Underway at 5 Hawaiʻi Airports

Facial imaging technology is now in use at five Hawaiʻi airports to complete Phase III of the thermal temperature screening and facial imaging project designed to detect passengers with possible COVID-19 arriving on trans-Pacific flights, according to the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT).

Largest BLNR Fine In Hawai‘i History Leveled Against Man In Prawn Poisoning Case

The Board of Land and Natural Resources fined 54-year-old Wayne Keaulana Spatz, of Hilo, $633,840 for pouring poison into Pāheʻeheʻe Stream in North Hilo resulting in the deaths of an estimated 6,250 Tahitian prawns. It’s the largest BLNR fine ever for an aquatic resource violation in the state.

UH to Require COVID-19 Vaccination for On-Campus Students this Fall

To be on any UH campus, students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As with existing health clearance requirements, students will be able to request exemptions for medical and religious reasons.

Hawai‘i AG Joins Coalition Urging Facebook to Abandon Launch of Instagram Kids

Attorney General Clare E. Connors joined a coalition of 44 attorneys general in urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13.

Maui Meadows Pavement Preservation Project to Prompt Single-Lane Traffic and Road Closure

A pavement preservation project at the Maui Meadows subdivision continues on Tuesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 20 with work to take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Schatz Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Education Benefits For Veterans

US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) – a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs – and US Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the Student Veterans Transparency and Protection Act. The bipartisan legislation would improve veterans’ access to information about higher education and allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to restore benefits that veterans use at schools subject to civil enforcement.

Coast Guard Conducts Repatriation Flights to Federated States of Micronesia

An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew conducted two flights repatriating Federated States of Micronesia citizens and delivering U.S. and foreign diplomats to Pohnpei International Airport on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14.

Park Ranger Tips for Visiting Maui’s Haleakalā National Park

The National Park Service and Haleakalā National Park provided tips from park rangers for people planning to visit the park for a memorable and safe experience.

Maui Business

Lahaina Galleries to Celebrate 45 Years with Anniversary Event at The Shops at Wailea, May 22

Lahaina Galleries is celebrating its 45 years of fine art sales at all of its three US locations – Wailea, Kohala and Newport Beach – from 4 p.m. through 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. The galleries will adhere to state guidelines for its in-person events and live social media events for those who cannot attend.

Doctors on Call Urgent Care Expands To Location at The Shops at Wailea

Doctors On Call, which has been operating since 1987, opened its third urgent care facility at The Shops at Wailea.

Immigrants Contributed $17.6 Billion to Hawaiʻi’s Economy in 2018, New Report Finds

A comprehensive report from New American Economy found immigrants in Hawai’i contributed $17.6 billion to the local economy in 2018, with more than $874 million going to state and local taxes.

Free Online Finances Workshop for Maui Teens on June 8, 10, 15 & 17

Maui Economic Opportunity’s online workshop about Teen Financial Literacy will be June 8, 10, 15 and 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Maui Arts & Entertainment

Lahaina Galleries to Celebrate 45 Years with Anniversary Event at The Shops at Wailea, May 22
Celebration of Life Planned for the Late Willie K
Live @ the MACC to Stream Brown Chicken Brown Cow Concert, May 15
Adaptations Dance Theater Presents ADT ON DEMAND: A Fundraiser and Video Streaming Experience

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Topics Include 2nd COVID-19 Test, Maui Mozzarella, Debris on Protected County Land, Masks, Bullying & Tourists
Letters: Maui Residents Discuss Rights of Landlords and Tenants, Homeless, COVID-19 and Retirement of Chief Faaumu
Letters: Maui Residents Discuss Outsourcing Prisoners, Alcohol Tax, Tourism & Post Office Rats
Letters: Maui Residents Discuss Derelict Cars, Vaccines, Homeless, Molokaʻi Deer, Trump and More

Maui Real Estate

Median Sales Price for Single Family Home on Maui Increased to $983,500 in April
Tips For a Smoother Real Estate Transaction: Escrow Number and Types of Funds
Mayor Michael Victorino Vetoes Bill 10, Says it Will “Intensify Scarcity of Housing”
New Kīhei Wailani Village Affordable Workforce Housing Project Planned in South Maui

Maui Activities

Debut of Blue Hawaiian Activities Concierge Service
Pōhakuokalā Gulch Community Forest Restoration Project Plants 500 Native Trees, Removes Nearly 2,000 Invasive Trees
VIDEO: Community Gifts Car to Maui Security Guard for Going Above and Beyond
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center Presents Expanded Gallery Shop for Hui Holidays 2020

Kauai News

Hawaii Coffee Assoc. Presents 2021 Virtual Conference

Find the official rules and required entry form for the Cupping Competition at https://hawaiicoffeeassoc.org/event-4242154.

Honoka‘a Western Week Approaches

There is an online costume contest open to all, so women, men, keiki, families, even pets are encouraged to dress up in their best paniolo duds.

One New Death Reported

The state’s two-week average is 69 new cases daily, with a test positivity rate of 1.5%.

Disaster Declaration Approved for March Severe Weather

Statewide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP) funds will be released to help the state take action to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards in the future.

Kaua‘i Business Community Welcomes Back Travelers

The Kaua‘i business community is welcoming back travelers with expanded outdoor activities, luxury accommodations and upcoming events after more than a year of required quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Big Island News

UPDATE: Kohala Residential Fire

Upon arrival, responders found black smoke coming from the rear of a single family residence.

Hawaii County Weather Forecast for May 17, 2021

Hilo Today: Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Tonight: Showers likely, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around […]

Honoka‘a Western Week Approaches

For more information visit www.honokaawesternweek.org.

Hawaii County Surf Forecast for May 17, 2021

Forecast for Big Island Leeward Shores Today Tuesday Surf Surf AM PM AM PM West Facing 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3 South Facing 2-4 2-4 1-3 1-3 TODAY Weather Mostly sunny until 12 PM, then mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. High Temperature In the lower 80s. Winds Southeast winds around 5 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. […]

Dozens Gather to Protest State COVID Mandates, Restrictions

Dozens of people congregated Saturday afternoon along Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway to protest against the state's COVID-19 mandates, restrictions and the vaccine.