Maui Coronavirus Updates

Maui Bus Wifi Trial Project in Hāna 

June 22, 2020, 5:27 PM HST
* Updated June 23, 4:00 AM
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The Maui Bus will be launching a Wifi Bus on Wednesday for a two-week trial period in East Maui.

With many people working and learning from home, county officials say the Maui Wifi Bus will help communities in rural areas with limited access to reliable internet service.

Maui Managing Director Sandy Baz reports that the bus will be located in Hāna Bay for the next two weeks, from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

County officials say the Maui Wifi Bus will be fitted with antennas that can reach up to 500 feet. Instructions on how to connect and use the Wifi service will be on the side of the bus for residents to follow.

Users are reminded to maintain physical distancing, limit gatherings and follow all other health and safety guidelines while accessing the free public Wifi.

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“With many people working and learning from home during COVID-19, there is a greater need for reliable and safe access to the Internet,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “We are very happy to provide this service, especially for our keiki and residents out in the rural areas of Hana and East Maui.”

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“We know that Internet access can be spotty around Hana, so we’re excited that our students can use our bus to find learning opportunities online with school still out,” Deputy Director Michael Du Pont said. “This could also assist our residents who may need to find financial and unemployment resources due to impacts from COVID-19.”

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