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Gyms And Patrons Encouraged To Practice Safety After Recent Covid Clusters

Contact tracing by the Dept. of Health has uncovered a total of 17 cases to-date involving two O‘ahu commercial gym facilities. DOH says cases in both gyms are linked to one person who participated in exercise classes at both. State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “By their very nature, gyms that operate in closed spaces with poor ventilation and without …

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DOH to begin issuing red placards to restaurants and bars that violate mandates to prevent COVID-19

There are now severe consequences for food establishments that do not take physical distancing and other guidance seriously. The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch will begin to temporarily suspend the operations of restaurants, bars, and other food establishments that do not comply with physical distancing, wearing cloth face masks and other required guidance. “The department is taking these …

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Firefighters Cut Large Firebreak to Protect Skill Village Residents

Maui Fire Department crews have cut a large firebreak to protect residents in the area of Skill Village in Paia due to the Haliimaile fire. The approximately 3,000-acre fire remains about a half mile away and does not pose any immediate threat. Fire crews continue to work on-scene and police are ready to respond, if needed. Photo Credit: Lt. Ryan …

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Maui Firefighters Tackle Large Brush Fire Near Haliimaile

4:30 PM UPDATE: Maui Firefighters continue to battle a large brush fire that started on the makai side of Haliimaile road near the gun range and Haleakala Highway. About 40 MFD personnel are on the scene along with Air 1, 2, & 3 along with MFD tankers, and several dozers and water tankers from private companies. Heavy equipment is on …

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Maui Police Issued Three Citations for Illegal Fireworks Over July 4

More than a dozen Maui Police Department Officers, in various locations on Maui, took part in a Fireworks Enforcement Detail over the 4th of July weekend. As a result, a total of: 3 Fireworks violation citations were issued 18 cases were generated and 26 aerial fireworks were recovered and submitted as evidence. One of the cases generated was a Fire …

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DOE Announces Re-Opening Plan for Schools

The DOE has announced how it will safely welcome back students and staff in the fall. The DOE released its “Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan” on Thursday. As part of the reopening plan, DOE school leaders have created elementary, middle/intermediate, and high school models for reopening. In general, models include face-to-face learning where all students are on campus daily …

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Hiker Rescued Near Mahana Ridge

The Maui Fire Department responded to the Mahana Ridge area above Kapalua on Wednesday for a report of a missing hiker. Crews responding to an 11:25 a.m. alarm used cell phone coordinates received from the 9-1-1 dispatcher to locate the hiker. The woman was extracted by Air 1 to a safe area on Mahana Ridge where she was then led …

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Mandatory Travel & Health Form Can Now Be Submitted Online

The State of Hawai‘i mandatory interisland travel and health form can now be submitted online within 24 hours of flight departure. This upgrade adds efficiency to the passenger verification process, helps save travelers time, and allows information to enter the database in real-time. The form includes health and contact information needed to trace close contacts should a passenger become ill. …

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Maui Tropical Plantation Abruptly Shuts Down Due to ‘Unprecedented times’

The Maui Tropical Plantation announced Tuesday that it is closing indefinitely in social media post online and on their website. On Instagram the post read: “Mahalo for all of your support.Stay tuned for information regarding the Plantation Store’s Final Summer Sale. We look forward to reopening in the future. Mahalo.” In the comment thread, it stated that the closure is …

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State Continues to Explore Options For Removal Of UXO at Molokini Crater

Balancing public safety, while providing a high level of protection for the aquatic environment are the overarching considerations being discussed by the Hawai‘i Dept. of Land and Natural Resources and the Hawai‘i Dept. of Health, for the safe remediation of two WWII-era bombs off of Molokini Crater in Maui County, in state ocean waters.Recent social media postings have suggested, that …

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