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Study: Hawai`i Ranks Dead Last for Unemployment Recovery

With the U.S. gaining 1.4 million jobs in August and the national unemployment rate at 8.4% compared to the nearly historic high of 14.7% at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Whose August Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most, to illustrate which areas of the country have had the best recovery so far. …

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DOH Issues School Guidance to Protect the Health of Students, Teachers, and Staff

The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued a comprehensive, 28-page guidance document for all schools today to ensure the education of Hawaiʻi’s youth during the pandemic continues with minimal disruption and risk to students, teachers and staff. The guidance includes metrics school leaders will be able to use when determining how best to respond to changing conditions within their communities. “Our …

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Paramedics: Cuts To Emergency Medical Services Still a Threat

It’s been two months since the state Department of Health asked Emergency Medical Services (EMS) statewide to prepare for budget cuts up to 20%. American Medical Response (AMR), who provides emergency services statewide, submitted its reduced budget proposal to the Department of Health on August 17. The Maui County Paramedics Association is seeking support from the community to avoid budget …

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Gov. Ige Announces Pre-Travel Testing Roll-Out October 15

Gov. David Ige today announced a new leadership team that will oversee the state’s public health response to COVID-19 and the pre-travel testing program for COVID-19, which will start October 15. Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification …

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DOH Issues Red Placard to Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Kihei

The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued a red placard to Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Kihei, Maui, because its kitchen was infested with roaches among many other food safety violations and health hazards. The restaurant is currently closed and has been ordered to correct the violations by Sept. 17, when the health department will conduct a follow-up inspection. The health inspector …

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Coffee Berry Borer Confirmed on Lanai

The coffee berry borer was confirmed in wild coffee on Lānaʻi in August 2020. This was the first detection on the island of CBB which is one of the most devastating pest of coffee plants. CBB has been established on Hawai`i Island, Maui and O`ahu for several years and was also detected on Kaua`i earlier this month. Between July 17-31, …

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DOH Urges Public to Get the Flu Shot

During the COVID-19 pandemic, taking steps to prevent influenza is more important than ever, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. Influenza (flu) is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. This year, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health is urging all eligible individuals to get a flu shot by the end of October.  “Flu …

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Kihei Structure Fire Displaces Nine

A Kihei structure fire that displaces nine people summoned the Maui Fire Department on Saturday afternoon. Fire personnel responded to a 1:32 p.m. alarm for a blaze on Wainohia Street in Kihei. Officials say the majority of the fire was confined to a single room in the house but that smoke damage occurred throughout the structure. Crews had the situation …

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UPDATE: Ukumehame Firing Range Brush Fire 100% Contained

Updated on Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. Maui Fire Department officials report that the fire near Ukumehame Firing Range was 100 percent contained as of 6:50 a.m. on Sunday. A total of 105 acres burned in the weekend blaze. Mopping up actions are ongoing. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Original story published on Sept. 12. The Maui …

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Police Seek Information in Haiku Assault

The Maui Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male involved in an unprovoked attack on a bicyclist in Haiku on Tuesday. Officials say that on Tuesday, between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., a male was riding his bicycle on Haiku Road when he was confronted by a Caucasian male operating a newer model white pickup truck, …

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