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MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

Firefighter Injured Tending to Makawao Blaze

The Maui Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Kealaloa Avenue in Makawao on Thursday morning. Fire officials say that crews arrived on the scene to find a two-story structure with heavy fire on the first floor extending to the second story. No one was within the residence at the time of the incident but firefighters were able to …

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State & Federal Team Deploys to Lāna‘i Next Week for Support

DOH continues to work closely with healthcare providers on Lāna‘i to support community outreach, testing and contact tracing. Two (2) new cases of COVID-19 were added to the islands’ counts today for a total of 98 confirmed coronavirus cases. Next week a team of DOH staff and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) staff will visit Lāna‘i to provide …

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DOH: Cases on Lānaʻi Slowing and Hawai‘i Island Cases Leveling

The overall statewide daily case average is trending down, at 84 today. There were three (3) new COVID-19 cases reported on Lāna‘i today by DOH. The cumulative total now stands at 97 confirmed cases on the island (reported since Feb. 28). Large social gatherings and household transmission have been identified as the main drivers of this outbreak. Weekend drive-thru testing results are …

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Hawaiian Airlines to maintain Ohana by Hawaiian service to Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will continue to provide ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger flights between Honolulu and both Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i through at least mid-January 2021.Earlier this month Hawaiian announced the need to suspend both routes on November 1. Pandemic-induced low travel demand triggered a provision in Hawaiian’s pilot contract restricting the carrier’s ability to provide ‘Ohana by Hawaiian service. …

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Hawai‘i Activates Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits

DLIR is launching Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) tomorrow to Hawai‘i workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits. The EB program kicks in after the unemployed individual received 26 weeks of state unemployment and 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. DLIR Director Anne Eustaquio said, “The Extended Benefits program provides a much-needed safety net for Hawai‘i …

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Governor Signs Stay-At-Home Order for Lāna‘i

As Lāna‘i continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, the island is being put under a stay-at-home order starting tomorrow to mitigate the spread of the virus. The order was signed by Gov. David Ige this morning. It goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said, “With the rapidly rising positive COVID-19 case count, this is …

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Stay At Home order requested for Lanai, starting Tuesday, Oct. 27

The County of Maui anticipates issuing a mandatory Stay At Home order for Lanai residents and visitors beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. “With the rapidly rising positive COVID-19 case count, this is an important step to limit the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of this vulnerable community on Lanai,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “This …

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Maui police arrest 4 suspects in Kahului robbery

On October 20, 2020, the following three (3) people were arrested for Robbery in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree:  Andres Alvez-Ortiz (40), of Waiehu, arrested at 4:01 p.m.  Kai Hoopai (37) of Waihee, arrested at 4:02 p.m.  Chanel Fontes (29) of Wailuku, arrested at 6:49 p.m.  Investigation reveals on October 20, 2020, at about 10:30 a.m., …

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DOH now preparing for statewide COVID-19 vaccination program

Although a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration is not expected to be widely available until early next year, state and county officials and private-sector partners have already prepared a preliminary plan to implement a COVID-19 vaccination program in the state. More than 150 stakeholders representing more than 90 organizations gathered late yesterday to …

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DOH confirms four COVID-19 cases on Lanai

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Maui District Health Office (MDHO) has confirmed four cases of COVID-19 in residents on the island of Lāna‘i. MDHO was notified of the positive test results today and is actively performing contact tracing and investigation of the cases. Initial findings have determined that one of the four cases may be associated with recent travel. Three of …

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