MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

Mayor Victorino Announces Limit on Social Gatherings to No More Than 10 People

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today updated Public Health Emergency Rules that limit indoor and outdoor social gatherings to no more than 10 people. The updated rules have been signed by Mayor Victorino and sent to the Governor for approval. The rules are to take effect starting Friday, July 31, 2020. “Today, our state reported a triple-digit increase in COVID-19 cases …

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New Record Number Of Covid-19 Cases Reported Due To Testing Delays

The number of COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday have hit another single-day record, although the State had been anticipating the increase due to lab closures on Sunday and Monday after Hurricane Douglas. The case count for today stands at a total of 109; 98 on O‘ahu, nine (9) on Maui, and two (2) on Kaua‘i. A total of 5,160 tests were …

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Maui Nui Resource Council: Research Oysters Were Stolen

Oysters destined for a research project on Maui were stolen last week and may have subsequently been sold at below-market prices. According to the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, the stolen oysters were being used to clean polluted water and are unsafe to eat. Consuming them can cause severe illness, including vibrioitis, which can cause watery diarrhea, often accompanied by …

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Man Grabbed Officer’s Taser in Altercation with Police, Later dies

Maui Police Department Kihei Patrol officers responded to a harassment type of case (via social media) in Ma’alaea at about 12:23 p.m. on July 26. While police were en-route, the caller identifying himself as Reece Watwhit, later identified as 30-year-old Maurice Abisdid-Wagner of Massachusetts, called dispatch numerous more times. On one of the calls, Abisdid-Wagner indicated there was a person …

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USDA Investigating Seed Packets from China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is investigating unsolicited seed packets that have been mailed to numerous individuals across the country, primarily from China. Since Saturday, the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture has received five reports of seed packets being received by Hawai`i residents and are in contact with those individuals to acquire the shipments. Residents who …

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Maui Lani Roundabout to open at noon Wednesday, July 29

The Maui Lani Roundabout at the intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Maui Lani Parkway has been completed and will be made open to the general public at noon on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The $3.15 million project broke ground at the end of April and was completed within three months, five months ahead of schedule. The project was initially set …

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HIDOE to recommend delaying students’ return to school

The Department of Education will recommend delaying students’ return to school until August 17, 2020, the Hawaii State Teachers Association confirms.  Supt. Kishimoto issued the following statement on the proposed adjustment to the school start date for students: “HIDOE leadership has been working with the unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our students get the education they deserve and …

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Hurricane Warning for Maui County Canceled as Douglas Passes Over O`ahu

The Hurricane Warning has been canceled for Maui County, including the Island of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Oahu and Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau.  The slow weakening will continue though Douglas will remain a hurricane as it passes near Oahu and Kauai tonight.

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Missing Autistic Boy Found Alive

At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning Klarisse Nobriga took to social media with a plea that no parent wants to make, her 5-year old son Kadyn was missing, and the worse of it was that she was not on the island. Kayden, who has autism, had last been seen in the Kahakuloa area with his father. Her post read: “Maui …

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8 A.M. UPDATE: Hurricane Douglas Closes in on Hawai`i

A Hurricane Warning continues for Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe, Oahu, and Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau. A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Hawaii County. A Tropical Storm Watch continues for portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals to Maro Reef. Hurricane conditions are …

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