MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

DOT to Roll Out Improved Verification Process for Airline Passengers

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has implemented improved measures to verify incoming passenger information before they leave the airport to help ensure people are abiding by the traveler quarantine order. The enhanced process is underway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and will begin statewide in the coming days. Hawaii was the first state in the country to …

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Maui Police Request Public’s Assistance in Identifying’Ed’

The Maui Police Department is requesting assistance from the public to help identify the individual depicted above. On September 7, 1981, hikers discovered the skeletal remains of an unidentified person while hiking to “The Cross” in Wailuku Heights on Kapilau Ridge.  It was determined through an examination that the remains had been there for one to three months. The individual …

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Resources for Maui County Residents on Eviction Moratorium, Consumer Protections

Maui County residents are protected by an eviction moratorium under state emergency rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other consumer protection resources are also available. “With thousands of our residents out of work, it important for everyone to know that no one can be evicted from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, at least until April 30,” Mayor Victorino …

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Kapalua Restaurant Comes Forward as Having the COVID-19 ‘Cluster’ in March

Mayor Michael Victorino provided the following statement regarding three Merriman’s Kapalua employees who tested positive for COVID-19 in March: “I want to mahalo Merriman’s Restaurants for coming forward on their own accord regarding three employees of their Kapalua restaurant that tested positive for COVID-19 in March. We are grateful they did not allow any employees to come to work while …

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Officials Warn of Sheriff Impersonator Extortion Scam

A recent Sheriff impersonator scam incident has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to put out a warning. On Monday, an individual called the Sheriff Division to report that he was contacted via text by someone claiming to be a “Sergeant Anderson” with the Sheriff Division Internet Crimes Task Force. The impersonator stated that the man would be …

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Two Visitors Arrested After Violating COVID-19 Emergency Rules in Waikiki

A 34-year-old woman from Las Vegas, Kimberly Kim Tien and a 33-year-old man from Sydney, Australia, Edwin Htun were arrested this morning for violating Emergency Rules in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since Htun is an Australian citizen, authorities notified the embassy of his arrest. The pair were reported by a manager at the LayLow Waikiki Hotel, after being notified …

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HTA: Out of State Visitors to Neighbor Islands Slow to Zero

Yesterday, 444 people arrived in Hawaii including 111 visitors and 151 residents. There were no flights to the neighbor islands from out of state yesterday. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors. The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of …

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Two More Deaths from COVID-19 brings Hawai`i Total to Twelve

The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health is reporting two additional coronavirus related deaths late last night. These deaths bring the total in the state to twelve (12) since tracking began on Feb. 28, 2020. “We are saddened by these additional deaths and the toll the pandemic is taking on the families and friends of those affected,” said Gov. Ige. “This is …

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Hawaii’s tenth COVID-19 death recorded on Maui

The State extends its condolences to the family and friends of the adult male visitor who is the 10th death in Hawai‘i associated with COVID-19. The individual was an adult male from Washington state in the 40-59-year age group who had no previous medical conditions and a history of travel. He had been hospitalized for an extended period in serious …

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Rare Video Captures Humpback Whale Nursing Behaviors Off Maui

A new project that aims to quantify the nursing behavior of humpback whale calves in the Maui breeding grounds. The project is a collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Marine Mammal Research Program, the Goldbogen Lab at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station and the Friedlander Lab at University of California, Santa Cruz.  Researchers deployed non-invasive suction-cup tags with …

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