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Maui Now Seeks Community Input For COVID Community Survey

Maui Now is conducting a survey focused on understanding the opinions and attitudes of community members about Maui County’s economy, leadership, and coronavirus response.

BREAKING: Sears at Queen Ka‘ahumanu on Maui Officially Closing November 14

After much speculation, the Sears Maui store is officially scheduled to close on Nov. 14, 2021, company officials tell Maui Now.

Maui Restaurants: List of Maui Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining For All

Maui County’s “Safer Outside” program takes effect today, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Under the new rules, restaurants are required to ask patrons 12 years and older proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Unvaccinated patrons must be served only in outdoor dining areas, takeout or drive-thru service.

BREAKING: Maui “Safer Outside” Rules Includes Vaccine Guidelines at Eateries

County officials are calling Maui’s new set of rules “Safer Outside.” It includes the previously announced vaccine guidelines for eateries, and newly announced reduction in capacity for commercial recreational boating, ground transportation, and commercial tour operators. There will also be no spectators at indoor or outdoor sporting events.

Op-Ed: $35 Million Available for Local Rental, Mortgage & Utilities Assistance

Op-Ed: Maui County Councilmember Yuki Lei K. Sugimura provides information about the approximately $35 million that is still available for Maui County residents who need help with their rent, mortgage or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maui Health Officer Issues Follow-up Response to Legislative Demand Seeking his Removal

In a second letter defending himself and his job, Maui District Health Officer, Dr. Lorrin Pang took on a third-person perspective, describing his role in the pandemic response and calling legislative actions to seek his removal “reckless.” Both Dr. Pang’s response letter and the initial Legislative Letter to Governor Ige are included.

Honolulu Mayor Announces Safe Access O‘ahu Program to Enter Establishments

The Safe Access O‘ahu program requires restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments, to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to operate. Customers will also have to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the business.

Maui’s 21 Day Lockdown is Voluntary, Stricter Rules Still on the Table

Hawaiʻi had 9,790 cases over the past two weeks, which accounts for more than 16% of the total confirmed cases for the state of Hawaiʻi’s since March of 2020. Maui’s reported new cases reported over the last 14 days is 1,124.

Senator Calls for Termination of Maui Health Officer; Dr. Pang Responds with Letter Defending his Approach

Senator Roz Baker of Maui is calling for the termination of Maui’s District Health Officer amid comments made regarding unapproved treatments for COVID-19 in Maui County.

BREAKING: Maui Mayor Asks for Voluntary 21 Day Rest from Non-Essential Activity

Mayor Victorino is asking residents and visitors to Maui County to voluntarily curb non-essential activities including gatherings for 21 days.

Hawaiʻi Gov. Ige Urges Travelers to Refrain From Non-Essential Travel to End of October

Governor David Ige today called upon Hawaiʻi residents and visitors to delay non-essential travel through the end of October 2021 due to the recent, accelerated surge in COVID-19 cases that he said is now burdening the state’s health care facilities and resources.

Latest Rally Continues to Advocate for Freedom Amid Masks and Vaccine Mandates

Participants in today’s sign waving demonstration in Wailuku continued to advocate for medical freedoms amid mask and vaccine mandates. The demonstration also comes as the state deals with its largest COVID surge since the start of the pandemic with nearly 700 new cases per day over the past week, and nearly 9,200 new cases over two weeks.

Teachers’ Union Demands Safety for Students Amid Rising Cases

On Maui, there were 39 cases reported last week, including 11 at Kahului Elementary on Maui, the most of any in the state. This resulted in quarantine for multiple students and classrooms, according to HSTA representatives.

All 31 Maui COVID-19 Hospitalizations are Unvaccinated, 10 are 40 Years and Younger

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Maui dropped from 39 yesterday to 31 today, but the recent surge in cases is taking a toll, hospital executives said.

Maui Demonstration Seeking Medical Freedom Attracts Hundreds for 2nd Time This Week

For the second time this week, hundreds of people gathered for a demonstration in Wailuku advocating for medical freedoms amid vaccination mandates.

DOH Asks Hawai‘i Public to “Prepare like you would for a hurricane or natural disaster”

“When we have hospitals that are really worried about being able to take care of people, that is a crisis. When we see this exponential growth in the amount of people that are getting infected with COVID everyday–2,000 people in the past three days–that is a crisis. And at the point at which we overwhelm our resources, that’s a disaster, and that’s where we’re heading, and we’re trying really hard not to get there and that’s why we’re trying to work with the hospitals.”

Surveillance Video: HI-Tech Kīhei in Shambles After Vehicle Drives “In and Out” of Store

The Hi-Tech surf store in Kīhei was left in shambles on Wednesday afternoon when a motorist reportedly drove through the back door, through the front window, and went “back and forth” within before exiting. According to initial reports, the front windows, back doors, inventory and fixtures were destroyed in the incident.

Ige Executive Order Once Again Reduces Gatherings and Sets Capacity Limits

Governor David Ige today signed an executive order that sets statewide limits for social gatherings, restaurants and bars and other settings.

Maui Rally Draws 500, Seeking Freedom of Choice Amid Vaccination & Mask Mandates

Organizers say an estimated 500 people attended today’s rally fronting the State Office and County buildings in Wailuku, Maui, calling for freedom of choice amid further vaccination mandates announced in recent days.

Op-Ed on Visitor Accommodations: Maui Needs Management Not Moratoriums

After the pandemic shuttered Maui’s tourism industry, the local families and businesses we represent experienced firsthand the devastating impacts that rippled across our economy. Maui County went from one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation to one of the highest.
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