Wendy Osher, Maui Now

Wendy Osher, Maui Now

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Wendy Osher

Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a BA in Print Journalism. As a multi-media contributor, her writing and photographs have been published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and her video work has appeared on various network television stations. In her free time, Wendy loves hula, art and culture.


Articles by Wendy Osher

May 23, 2020

One New Case on Maui Brings COVID-19 Hawai‘i Total to 643; 94% Recovered

As of noon on Saturday, May 23, 2020, there are 643 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaiʻi with one  new case reported today on the island of Maui. To date, 589 people (94%) have recovered including 105 of the 118 cases in Maui County. There are currently 37 active cases in the state.
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May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Hawai‘i Total is 642: 5 Cases Removed Due to Updated Testing Information

State Health officials have removed five cases from the state's COVID-19 totals as a result of updated testing information, bringing the statewide positive count since tracking began in late February to 642. Two cases were removed from Oʻahu, one from Hawaiʻi Island, one from Maui and one from Kauaʻi. There were no new cases reported today. To date, 585 people (93.6%) have recovered including 105 in Maui County.  There are currently 40 active cases in the state, including six in Maui County. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health reports that there were 579 individuals released from isolation; and 84 cases (13%) that have required hospitalization. A total of 581 patients (91%) were residents. In Maui County there have been 117 cases, at least 105 have been released from isolation, 22 have required hospitalization, and there have been six deaths. The remaining 11 deaths were on Oʻahu.
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May 21, 2020

Governor: Lifting Interisland Travel Quarantine is “Top-Of-Mind,” No Target Date Set

During an afternoon press conference, Gov. Ige said, ”Health measures are pointing in the right direction to make this move..with infection levels appearing to be under control across the state,” however, he could not pinpoint a target date for making this happen and instead said he hopes to finalize a plan shortly.
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May 21, 2020

BREAKING: Colorado Woman Wanted for Quarantine Violation on Maui Agrees to Return Home

Degraaf indicated she saw the social media post regarding her violating the 14-day travel quarantine. Degraaf provided a statement and is cooperating with authorities. Degraaf is voluntarily elected to return home to Colorado.
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May 21, 2020

Mayor Eyes Potential In-Building Church Services at End of Month; Fitness Classes Possibly in Mid-June

Mayor Victorino said that if things go well and churches are ready with social distancing, sanitizing and other aspects of health and safety, Maui County is looking at the following weekend, at the end of the month, as a possible start week for in-building church services throughout the county.
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May 20, 2020

“Near Normal”: 2-6 Tropical Cyclones Predicted in Central Pacific in 2020 Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center is predicting a near normal 2020 hurricane season. For the season as a whole, 2 to 6 tropical cyclones are predicted for the Central Pacific Hurricane basin. This number includes tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes.
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May 19, 2020

DOH Deems Outbreak Cluster “Closed”, One COVID-19 Patient Remains at Maui Memorial Medical Center

"We are pleased that the JIC (Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Joint Information Center) has officially closed the MMMC cluster," said Maui Health spokesperson Tracy Dallarda. "It is a testament to our team of caregivers and our community in following state and county guidelines in an effort to 'flatten the curve.'"
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May 19, 2020

Hawaiian Music Icon Willie K Dies After Lengthy Battle With Cancer

Legendary Maui Musician and Hawaiian music icon Willie K died on Monday night after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 59. A message to his fans notes he passed away in his home in Wailuku, surrounded by his ʻohana.
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May 15, 2020

“Over A Century of Smiles” EK Fernandez Hopes to Avoid Becoming a Statistic of the Pandemic

The third-generation, family-owned kamaʻāina company has survived the 1918 Spanish Flu, the attack on Pearl Harbor and two world wars.  Owners of EK Fernandez Shows are asking that government to do more for companies that have been identified as "high risk," like movie theaters and family entertainment centers, in the hopes that they do not become a statistic of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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May 14, 2020

BREAKING: Maui Fair CANCELED at Request of County Amid COVID-19 Health Concerns

The 98th Maui Fair, which was scheduled to take place over four days in October, is cancelled for this year due to public health concerns.  Organizers say the event will be held sometime next year at a date to be determined, provided it is deemed safe to hold gatherings of the size of the fair's average daily attendance.
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