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Maui News

Lahaina fire results in $15,000 damage

Crews arrived on scene at 893 Kuhua Street to find a canopy-type shelter and miscellaneous items within, fully engulfed.

COVID-19 emergency proclamation, adds cruise ships to Safe Travels Hawaiʻi

Governor David Ige has signed the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, keeping in place current COVID restrictions and officially adding cruise ship passengers to the list of travelers who must abide by Safe Travels Hawaiʻi requirements.

Kula Hospital Appoints New Medical Director, Dr. Kenneth Scott

Maui Health and Kula Hospital announced the appointment of Kenneth Scott Jr. DO, CMD as the Kula Hospital Medical Director, effective Jan. 17, 2022.

Hawaiian Electric to issue $2M in one-time bill credits to past-due customers

The Kōkua Fund Bill Credit Program will automatically provide a one-time credit of $90 to past-due balances for about 22,000 residential and business customers by Jan. 31.

Hawai’i Congressional Democrats defend EPA’s Clean Air Act authority in US Supreme Court case

Today, Hawai’i Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Kai Kahele, along with 189 other congressional Democrats, submitted an amicus brief to support the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act in the Supreme Court case: West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency.  

Hawaiʻi legislation would create board to manage Mauna Kea and limit astronomy development

Four state legislators introduced House Bill 2024 to create a nine-member board that would take over stewardship and management of the summit region of Mauna Kea from the University of Hawaiʻi, with a mandate to limit astronomy development.

Woman arrested by Sheriff Division, ending Tuesday’s two hour barricade on Oʻahu

A barricade situation in a Kailua neighborhood on Oʻahu came to an end on Tuesday morning, when Deputy Sheriffs successfully disarmed and arrested a female suspect.

Jan. 26, 2022 COVID-19 update: 2,050 new cases in Hawaiʻi, 3 deaths

The state Department of Health is reporting a COVID-19 count of 2,050 new cases today. This comes following a record high of 6,252 new cases reported on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Cases since then have been trending down, but hospitalizations remain elevated. 

Maui Business

The Shops at Wailea welcomes Flip Flop Shops

Flip Flop Shops, a relaxation and resort footwear retailer for “flip flops,” casual shoes and beach accessories debuts at The Shops at Wailea.

Small businesses brace for financial hits amid new vaccine booster rule

Local restaurant owners said they’re bracing for yet another financial hit to their already struggling small businesses as Maui County’s new booster mandate rolled out Monday. High-risk businesses — restaurants, bars and gyms — must now require proof of boosters from eligible patrons seeking indoor dining or exercising in a revision to the county’s emergency health rules called a “vaccine update.”

Hawaiian Telcom supports expansion of statewide fiber network with promotions and new hires

To support growth and the expansion of its statewide fiber network, Hawaiian Telcom has promoted three company veterans: Ryan Miyamoto to Director of Product, Pricing & Bid Management; Jason Thune to Executive Director of Fiber Strategy & Deployment; and Filifotu Vaai to Executive Director of Consumer Product & Sales. 

Observe American Heart Month with Minit Medical at Lahaina Gateway

More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year, and Minit Medical is offering resources to help.

Maui Arts & Entertainment

20th Annual Art of Aloha at Lahaina Galleries in Wailea, Jan. 30
MACC Steel Pulse Concert Rescheduled to Friday, April 1
Maui Mall Village announces Chinese New Year celebration
2022 Annual Juried Exhibition now on display at Hui No‘eau
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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

Ige Keeps Current COVID Rules in Place

This emergency proclamation will remain in effect through March 25, unless terminated or superseded by a separate proclamation.

Distribution of Home COVID Tests in Kapa‘a Moved in Anticipation of Large Turnout

Because of the anticipated large turnout, the distribution of home COVID test kits slated for Thursday, Jan. 27, in Kapa‘a has been moved to a different venue.

Coast Guard Spill Response Plan Tested in Nawiliwili Harbor

The Coast Guard's Geographic Response Strategy is a plan for spills in marine environments at deep-water commercial and small boat harbors. #KauaiNow #KauaiNews #HawaiiNews

159 New COVID Cases Confirmed on Kaua‘i

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 159 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

DOH Reports 2,050 New COVID Cases Statewide

The state Department of Health reported 2,050 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 208,887.

Big Island News

Ige Keeps Current COVID Rules in Place

Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, keeping in place current restrictions and officially adding cruise ship passengers to the list of travelers who must abide by Safe Travels Hawaiʻi requirements.

All Lanes Open Again on Highway 11 After Puna Accident

Big Island police report that all lanes are now open on Highway 11 between Meaulu Street and ❛Ōla❛a Road.

Police Seek Suspect Who Used Counterfeit Bill

Big Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person responsible for using a counterfeit bill to complete a transaction Tuesday, Jan. 25, at a store in Kea‘au.

Portion of Highway 11 in Puna Closed Due to Traffic Accident

Both lanes of Highway 11 between Meaulu Street (Keaʻau Ag Lots) and Olaʻa Road are closed for the next several hours due to a traffic accident.

Hawaiian Electric Launches Bill Credit Program

Hawaiian Electric will apply $2 million in bill credits for customers who have struggled to pay their electric bill during the COVID-19 pandemic.