Maui Discussion

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Aerial Reconnaissance: State of Emergency Proclaimed for Maui County Following Storm

“I’ve had an opportunity to survey the storm’s impacts in person and by reviewing drone footage, so I can verify the damage is substantial,” said Mayor Victorino.
Thursday, December 02, 2021

DOH Confirms Hawai‘i’s First Case of Omicron Variant in Oʻahu Resident

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble said the adult individual under the age of 65 was not vaccinated and had been previously infected SARS-CoV-2 over a year ago. She said the individual had not traveled, and the transmission is believed to be community spread.
Monday, November 29, 2021

New COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Signed, Omicron Not Yet Detected in Hawai‘i

We have not seen the Omicron variant here in Hawaiʻi as of this morning, but we are closely monitoring the situation and will identify the variant as early as possible should it show up here.”
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Next COVID-19 Measures Shift Back to Counties on Dec. 1

Both Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said they would be getting rid of the six-foot distancing rule currently in place for restaurants, allowing eateries to resume full capacity for dining indoors, starting Dec. 1, 2021. Mayor Victorino said indoor dining is still limited to those who show proof of vaccination or testing as is currently the case.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi Survey: Too Many Government Regulations in Hawaiʻi

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational institute devoted to promoting individual liberty, economic freedom and limited, accountable government — conducted a survey of 933 people statewide about government regulations and found a majority think the state has too many regulations.
Monday, November 15, 2021

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Reportedly Shells Out $78 Million on Remote Beachfront Property Off La Perouse

Amazon founder and executive chairman, Jeff Bezos reportedly purchased a remote 14-acre oceanfront estate  – 12 miles south of Kīhei – the property surrounded by rocky lava fields and state parkland. 
Friday, November 05, 2021

Federal Vaccine Mandate, or Weekly Testing for Large Businesses Starts Jan. 4

The US Labor Department issued its rule yesterday, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for companies with 100 or more employees. Those who work for one of these companies will either need to get vaccinated or test at least weekly when the rule takes effect on Jan. 4, 2022.
Monday, November 01, 2021

Rancor, Rallies, Petitions and Anger: Divisiveness in the Era of COVID-19

In this era of COVID-19 and its attendant deprivations, never before has Maui seemed more like a house divided. What has led us here? Can we mend? Do we need to redefine aloha?
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

O‘ahu Returns to 100% Capacity at Entertainment Venues on Nov. 3

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi today announced that indoor and outdoor organized entertainment events will return to 100% capacity for vaccinated residents a week from today, on Nov. 3, 2021. This includes a full capacity of 9,200 people at the University of Hawaiʻi’s Clarence T. C. Ching Stadium, Oʻahu’s largest outdoor venue.
Monday, October 25, 2021

“Recall Mayor Victorino” Initiative Aims to Obtain 21,586 Signatures in 30 Days

Group leaders say they are seeking Mayor Victorino’s removal as they stand in opposition to ongoing emergency health mandates, calling the county government practices an “overreach” of powers.
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