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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

BREAKING: Maui to Implement Mandatory Secondary Test Upon Arrival for Trans-Pacific Flights

Proposed changes have been approved by the governor for the state’s Safe Travels program in Maui County. Trans-Pacific travelers arriving at Kahului Airport will soon be required to undergo a mandatory secondary COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival, or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Mayor Michael Victorino said he had hoped to start the program this […]
Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Vaccine Passport Program Under Prototype Testing, Still No Comprehensive Database for Verification

“It might have parts of the country first and then add more as they go. It’s hard to peg a date, but it wouldn’t surprise me that by summer we could have this going, and have that as an availability for all the people that want to come to Hawaiʻi,” said Chief Information Officer of the state’s Office of Enterprise Technology Services, Doug Murdock.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Maui Mayor Proposes Vaccine Passport Pilot Program, Secondary Testing

Under the program, fully vaccinated individuals, with at least two weeks of incubation since their final vaccination dose, would be able to bypass the state’s 10-day quarantine without having to take a test. The vaccine passport program is proposed for both visitors and returning residents alike, according to Mayor Victorino.
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Maui Mayor Eyes Restrictions in Virus Cluster Areas: “We’re at a Crucial Point”

“We are looking at maybe reducing their hours even further if necessary,” said Mayor Victorino during a Friday afternoon press briefing. “But I’m trying to allow time for them to clean up–reestablishing and reevaluating how they’ve been serving the people of Maui County and the visitors alike.”
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Maui Group Joins Rally Seeking Freedoms Amid Coronavirus Restrictions

The mission of the group is to “reclaim their fundamental rights, and take a stand against excessive coronavirus restriction measures.”
Friday, March 19, 2021

Mayor Victorino Expresses Disappointment Over 41 New COVID Cases

Mayor Michael Victorino expressed his disappointment and frustration after receiving the Hawaiʻi Department of Health’s report of 41 new COVID cases in Maui County on Thursday.
Friday, March 12, 2021

Puʻu Ōlaʻi at Mākena on Maui Reopens with Adjusted Weekend Hours

Puʻu Ōlaʻi sometimes referred to as “Little Beach” in Mākena State Park on Maui’s south shore, will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, March 13, after being closed for several months.
Friday, March 12, 2021

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Nonstop Honolulu to Orlando Flights

Hawaiian Airlines launched its new, twice-weekly nonstop flights from Honolulu to Orlando on Thursday. The carrier also announced it is increasing service between Hawai‘i and Florida to three weekly flights from June 1 through Aug. 10 to meet summer demand.
Wednesday, March 03, 2021

105 Year Old Woman Born on Maui Beats COVID-19 in New Jersey

This is the second pandemic that DeClerck has lived through, according to family members who say that in addition to surviving the COVID-19 infection earlier this year, the centenarian lived through the Spanish Flu when she was only two years old living in Wailuku.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

106 Additional COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i: Higher Case Count Partially Due to Lab Reporting Issue on Maui

There were 106 COVID-19 cases reported in Hawai‘i on Saturday, including 23 on O‘ahu, three on Hawai‘i Island, and five in Hawai‘i residents diagnosed out-of-state. There were also 75 cases attributed to Maui, including 31 which are from the past and predate Feb. 18.
Friday, February 26, 2021

DOE Explores Viability of Reopening Elementary Schools for In-Person Learning in Fourth Quarter

The state Department of Education is looking into the possibility of reopening elementary schools for in-person instruction for the final quarter of this school year.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bill Seeks Reimbursement for Rescue of Hikers who Enter Prohibited Areas

On Maui, hikers have been rescued from places like the “Bamboo Forest” in Kailua, the upper reaches of ʻĪao Valley, and East Maui’s Kaihalulu Beach. A swift water rescue at Waioka in Hāna earlier this month ended tragically when a visitor died in a flash flood event at the location.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Tourism Report: Maui County Hotel Occupancy at 21.9% for January 2021

For January 2021, Maui County hotels led the state at 21.9 percent occupancy, down 55.1 percentage points from January 2020 (before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown) and less than the 26 percent occupancy for December 2020, according to the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority report.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Feb. 19, 2021 COVID-19 Update: 50 New Cases (22 O‘ahu, 22 Maui, 2 Hawai‘i Island, 4 Out-of-State); 2 Deaths

There were 50 new COVID-19 cases reported in Hawai‘i on Friday, including 22 on O‘ahu, 22 on Maui, two on Hawaiʻi Island, and four in Hawaiʻi residents diagnosed outside of the state.
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Survey: Hawai‘i is the 2nd Safest State During COVID-19

Hawaiʻi was ranked number two on a list of the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, second only to Alaska.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Waiʻānapanapa Online Reservations Start March 1

All visitors and commercial operators will need to make reservations to enter Waiʻānapanapa State Park in East Maui, beginning on March 1, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Gov. Ige Signs 18th Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19

Governor David Ige has issued an 18th emergency proclamation for COVID-19. It acknowledges vaccinated travelers/quarantine as a future exception, but the state will wait for specific guidance from the CDC before implementing a quarantine exception for vaccinated travelers.
Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Maui Shark Encounter Detailed, Experts Say Bite Mark is Consistent with a White Shark

It started as a father-son kayak off the west coast of Maui in Ukumehame to view and photograph Humpback whales.   45-year-old Daniel Sullivan and his 15-year-old son Tristan, of Kula, paddled out on their two-man, 12-foot hard-shell kayak from the west side of the “pali” at around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. There was a slight […]
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Gov. Ige Declares Maui County a Disaster Area Due to Drought Since March 2019

Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation today declaring the County of Maui, which has suffered under drought conditions since March 2019, a disaster area.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris Focuses on Unity

Joe Biden was sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States, alongside Vice President Kamala Harris.
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