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Maui News

Department of Hawaiian Home Land’s Beneficiary Survey Finds Applicants Increased 9% Since 2014

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’s 2020 Beneficiary Survey revealed that despite thousands of awards since the last survey was conducted in 2014, the number of unduplicated applicants has increased by 9 percent.

13,690 Hawaiʻi Households Received Nearly $60 Million in Pandemic-Related Housing/Rent Assistance

Hawaiʻi’s Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program has distributed nearly $60 million in rental assistance to 13,690 Hawai‘i households.

December Report: Maui’s Hotel Occupancy Rate Highest in Hawaiʻi; But Only 26% due to Pandemic

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority hotel performance report shows Maui County hotels led the state in occupancy for December 2020, but it was only 26 percent, down 60 percentage points from December 2019.

Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation Meets with National Guard in Washington D.C.

The Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation spent time meeting with Hawaiʻi Air and Army National Guard members who traveled to Washington, D.C. from the islands to support law enforcement for Wednesday’s inauguration.

BREAKING: California Man Suffers Calf Injury in Apparent Shark Bite in West Maui

A 73-year-old California man suffered lacerations to his calf in an apparent shark bite incident off of Kāʻanapali Beach in West Maui.

Live Skunk Captured at Honolulu Harbor

The skunk was determined to be female and weighed about 6 pounds. A test for rabies has been sent to the mainland and results are expected in a few days.

New Biden Order to Fully Reimburse Hawaii for National Guard, COVID-19 Supplies

President Joe Biden took executive action to authorize an extension and fully reimburse Hawai‘i and states across the country for the use of the National Guard to support COVID-19 response operations.

Hawai‘i State Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments

Senator Jarrett Keohokalole (District 24 – Kāneʻohe, Kailua, Heʻeia and ʻĀhuimanu) will assume the positions of Majority Floor Leader and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.

Maui Business

Hawaiian Airlines Expands Pre-Clear Travel Program

Hawaiian Airlines has begun pre-clearing passengers departing from select US mainland cities to Hawai‘i under a program that allows travelers with a negative COVID-19 test to bypass the airport screening in Hawai‘i.

60,000 Loans Approved in First Week of PPP Reopening

The US Small Business Administration has approved approximately 60,000 PPP loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders, for over $5 billion, between the program’s reopening on Monday, Jan. 11, and Sunday, Jan. 17.

Order to Extend Freeze on Evictions, Moratoriums on Foreclosures to Help Thousands in Hawai‘i

US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) says a newly signed executive order issued by President Joe Biden will extend the federal eviction moratorium and the moratoriums on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages until the end of March 2021.

National Report: 56% Expect to Travel for Leisure in 2021; Business Travel Not Expected to Return Until 2024

The American Hotel & Lodging Association today released “AHLA’s State of the Hotel Industry 2021” outlining the forecast for the hotel industry in 2021 and into the immediate future.

Maui Arts & Entertainment

Actor and Philanthropist Shin Koyamada is Guest Speaker at Shinnen Enkai Event, Jan. 23
Live @ the MACC to Present Free Film Featuring Permanent Collection of Art and Craft, Jan. 16
2021 Small Town * Big Art Program Seeking Submissions for Public Art Projects in Wailuku
Patrick Ching named Artist in Residence for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Maui Residents Speak Out About Washington Attack and Pandemic
Letters: Some Concerned About Crime; Aloha of Maui Inspires Young Activist from Cyprus
Letters: What’s on the minds of Maui Residents This Week?
Letters: With COVID-19 Cases Rising on Maui, Differing Opinions About What to Do

Maui Real Estate

Public Meetings Scheduled for Maui Housing Plan To Build 5,000 Affordable Family Homes
REALTORS® Association of Maui December Report Shows Strong Sales Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
Hale Pilina Family Affordable Rental Housing Project Proposed for Development Next to Kahului Post Office on Maui
Thrivent Donates to Habitat for Humanity Maui for Mortgage Relief during Pandemic

Maui Activities

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
Trilogy Excursions Providing Free Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee on Oct. 4 in Lahaina and Kihei