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Maui News

Maui Humane Society Hosts First Public Adoption Event in 18+ Months on Sept. 18

The Maui Humane Society hosts its first public adoption event in over a year and a half on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organization leaders say the event is organized to address the overwhelming number of pets (almost 500) that are currently at the shelter and in foster care.

Brad Ventura Appointed New Maui County Fire Chief

The County of Maui Department of Fire & Public Safety announced today the selection of Fire Chief Brad Ventura. Selection was conducted by the Maui Fire and Public Safety Commission and will take effect on Oct. 1, 2021.

Virtual Public Meetings for Hāna Highway Bridge Improvements Project, Sept. 21, 22

Two virtual public meetings will be held this month on improvements to several bridges on Hāna Highway between Huelo and Hāna town in east Maui.

Brown Water Advisory Issued in South Maui from North Kīhei to Mākena

The state Department of Health, Clean Water Branch issued a Brown Water Advisory for South Maui waters from North Kīhei to Mākena.

Maui Restaurants: List of Maui Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining For All

Maui County’s “Safer Outside” program takes effect today, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Under the new rules, restaurants are required to ask patrons 12 years and older proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Unvaccinated patrons must be served only in outdoor dining areas, takeout or drive-thru service.

Mayor’s Office Offers Clarification on New Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules

“For clarification, bars, restaurants, gyms, fitness centers and other “high risk” businesses may operate at 50% capacity indoors, provided that all customers 12 years of age and older provide proof of full vaccination,” according to the Mayor’s office.

Two New Members Join the MEO Board

Former Maui County Council Member Stacy Crivello and Hale Mahaolu’s Reuben Ignacio recently joined the Maui Economic Opportunity Board of Directors.

Jonathan Pasion is New Executive Chef for Kō at Fairmont Kea Lani

Tylun Pang, Fairmont Kea Lani’s Executive Chef, and Thomas Houston, Director of Food & Beverage, announces the homecoming of Jonathan Pasion, welcoming him back to Fairmont Kea Lani as Executive Chef for Kō. 

Maui Business

Report: Hawaiʻi Hotels Projected to End 2021 Down $1.2 Billion in Business Travel Revenue

The US hotel industry is projected to end 2021 down more than $59 billion in business travel revenue compared to 2019, with Hawaiʻi hotels projected to be down nearly $1.2 billion, according to a new report released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Kalibri Labs.

‘Womanspiration’ Supports Mom Entrepreneurs & Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat

Two Maui business owners came together to host “Womanspiration,” an event to support 30 entrepreneurs who also are mothers and to raise funds for the Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat Program.

Realtors Association of Maui Hosting Online Event for Prospective Homebuyers, Sept. 15

The live-streamed event is part of an ongoing monthly series designed to inform and inspire prospective homebuyers, particularly first-time buyers, in Maui County.

New Leadership Announced at Haleakalā Ranch

Effective Sept. 15, Scott Meidell will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer and John Kreag will be promoted to Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. Rounding out the new leadership at Haleakalā Ranch is the addition of Luke Estes who will join the company as Senior Vice President/Real Estate on Oct. 4.  

Maui Arts & Entertainment

Bruno Mars’ SelvaRey Rum Donates Profits to Hawaiʻi Music Education
Maui Arts & Cultural Center Streaming Free Kanekoa Concert Sept. 11
From Maui to Marvel: Shang-Chi Director, Destin Daniel Cretton – Interview
Hawai’i Fashion Designer Set For New York Fashion Week Debut

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Trash, Five Graves & Ongoing Debate about Vaccinations & Tourism
Letters: Help Henry the Pig & Vaccination Debate – Public Safety vs. Personal Freedom
Letters: Road Safety, Vaccine Verification, Water Usage, VFW Luas, Makena Landing & Roadside Greenery ʻButcheredʻ
Letters: Save Tobacco Control Fund, Beach Parking, Mandate Hana Road Tours & Let Me See My Wife

Maui Real Estate

Realtors Association of Maui Hosting Online Event for Prospective Homebuyers, Sept. 15
Maui County Real Estate Remains a Seller’s Market
The Agency Launches Its First Hawai‘i Franchise Office on Maui
Applications Available for Kahului Lani Phase 2, Low-Income Rentals for Seniors

Maui Activities

MOC Launches School Field Trip Ticket Prices
Maui Ocean Center Offering Marine Science Program to High School Students
PacWhale Eco-Adventures Offering New 3-Hour Cruise To See Dolphins
First Hawaiian Bank Launches Statewide Slippah Drive for Child & Family Service

Kauai News

8 Active COVID-19 Cases Reported Among KCCC Inmates

There are currently eight active COVID-19 cases among inmates at Kauaʻi Community Correctional Center as of Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Health Officials Report 10th COVID-Related Death of Kauaʻi Resident

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported Kaua‘i’s 10th fatality from COVID-19 and announced 35 new cases on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

DOH Reports Nearly 500 New COVID Cases Statewide

The Hawaiʻi Department of Health reported 493 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 73,268.

Native Hawaiian Education to Receive $28 Million in Federal Grant Funding

Grants are being awarded to various Native Hawaiian educational organizations, Native Hawaiian community-based organizations, and other similar organizations.

Haiku Stairs to be Dismantled

The stairs, which have been closed to the public for more than three decades, were created by the US military during World War II as a mountain path to a secret radio station.

Big Island News

Flood Advisory Issued for Big Island

Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding.

DOT Closes Big Island Bridge to Large Vehicles

Personnel will be at the bridge to alert drivers of the conditions. 

4 Active COVID-19 Cases Reported Among HCCC Inmates

There are currently four active COVID-19 cases among inmates at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center as of Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Coffee With a Cop Waimea

Contact the South Kohala Community Policing Section with any questions.

HPD Seeks Help Finding 2 Runaway Teens

Authorities seek the public's help locating two runaway East Hawaiʻi teens.