Maui Coronavirus Updates

The Results are In! How Maui feels about the COVID-19 Pandemic

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To gain a better understanding of how the Maui community feels about the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked our readers some questions. The survey was active from April 20th to April 24th and broken into four categories: Rules & Enforcement, Business/Employment, Daily Life, and Media Coverage.

All participants were required to verify their information via email, in an effort to ensure accuracy. Of the 400+ verified reponses here’s what we found:

Rules & Enforcement

Based on our survey results, residents err on the side of caution. Just under 70% of the respondents felt the traffic checkpoints were at least helpful, but were against (or neutral) when it came to banning walking on beaches. 62% of the responses felt church drive-thru services were, at minimum, slightly concerning.

As for politics, the feelings were split. 51% believe Hawaii politicians have not managed the COVID-19 crisis very well.

Do you feel the recent Maui traffic checkpoints are helpful?

Do you feel Hawaii politicians are managing the COVID-19 crisis well?

Are you for or against banning walking/jogging on Maui beaches?


Are you concerned about churches conducting drive thru service?

Business & Employment Issues

If we had to pick one issue that an overwhelming majority of Maui agrees on, it would be the concern for our small businesses. Only 2% answered that they had no worries about the survival of Maui’s small businesses.

When it comes to the hot-button topic of unemployment, around 40% answered that they have filed for unemployment. Of the participants that filed for unemployment, most said the process was difficult to impossible. Interestingly enough, 74% of our respondents answered they were financially stable enough to get by during the temporary closure of tourism.

Are you concerned about Maui’s small businesses being able to survive?

Do you miss work, or are you enjoying the time off?

What concerns you more, COVID-19 or the Economy?

Have you filed for unemployment?

If you filed for unemployment, how difficult was the process?

Have you been financially affected by the temporary closing of Tourism?

Daily Life

When it comes to daily life, hanging out seems to be the popular past-time that everyone’s missing. As far as staying in, most people are getting out at least once a week. With that said, 85% see COVID-19 as at least somewhat of a threat to Maui.

In a much lighter topic, everyone who answered the survey uses toilet paper. Only 27% of you all might be TP hoarders.

What activity do you miss the most?

Do you know someone with COVID-19?

How many rolls of toilet paper are currently in your home (be honest)?

How serious do you feel the COVID-19 threat is to Maui?

How often do you leave the house?

Media Coverage

For our last questions, we wanted to know what stories matter to you. The answers were a “mixed bag”, but fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our “Talking Story” and “Real Talk” video series for interviews with local community and business leaders.

We’ll admit, the last question definitely has some bias. Since the survey was conducted by an online news source, it’s not surprising that 88% of you answered in our favor. Either way, MAHALO for your readership!

What type of stories would you most like to see on Maui Now?

What is the primary source for COVID-19 updates on Maui?

Disclaimer: Maui Now provides no warranty regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, or reliability of any information provided in these results. Data in this article was provided by readers who participated via online survey. Participants were required to verify their e-mail address, and each verified e-mail address accounts for one survey result.


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