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Hawaiian Electric Extends Moratorium on Disconnections for Non-Payment

Hawaiian Electric will extend the moratorium on disconnections for non-payment through Sept. 1, and urges customers who are having difficulty paying their bill to contact the company well before September to consider payment options. Hawaiian Electric suspended collection efforts in March to ensure customers’ electric service was not disrupted during COVID-19-related orders to stay at home. On Friday, the Public …

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Molokai Brush Fire Burns 40 Acres

The Maui County Fire Department responded to a brush fire in Ho`olehua, Molokai on Sunday. Crews arrived shortly after 11:30 a.m. to find a blaze that grew to about 40 acres. Several individuals who live in the area where advised on the fire but no one was displaced and no structures were impacted, according to officials. MFD had the situation …

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Nearly 300 Tested in COVID-19 Drive-Thru Events in West, South, and Central Maui

Mayor Michael Victorino announced that nearly 300 people participated in antibody blood testing and PCR diagnostic testing at COVID-19 drive-through events from June 24-26, 2020, in West, South, and Central Maui. Minit Medical Urgent Care conducted 179 antibody tests and 106 PCR diagnostic tests. Minit Medical will be calling individuals with all results, which are expected to take one to …

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First Covid-19 Death Since May Brings State Total To 18

Governor David Ige expressed his condolences on Friday to the family and friends of an elderly Honolulu man, who became the 18th death in Hawai‘i due to COVID-19. The last reported death was on May 3. “This is the worst way to emphasize the need for all of us to continue safe practices such as physical distancing, wearing of masks, …

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Hana Highway Local Access Restriction Continues

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has announced that the local access restriction for Hana Highway (Route 360) between Kapakalua Road and Hana Town will remain in place through June 30, 2020. Full access will be allowed on July 1, 2020. The local access restriction is to address access and congestion concerns due to roadwork and vehicles along the rural two-lane …

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UPDATE: Ige Announces Trans-pacific Pre-Travel Testing Program

Gov. David Ige announced today all travelers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and to show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The pre-travel testing program begins Aug. 1. Out-of-state travelers arriving in Hawai‘i must get a PCR test prior to arrival from any …

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Kapalua Fire Burns Two Acres

The Maui Fire Department responded to a brush fire north of Maiha Street in Kapalua on Monday. Crews arrived following a 6:56 p.m. alarm to find several small areas of brush on fire. Fire personnel worked to extinguish the fires and electrical crews de-energized power lines in the area. The fire was contained by 7:23 p.m. and deemed out at …

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DOJ Challenges COVID-19 Travel Order

The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in Hawaii federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by residents of Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii challenging a measure by Governor David Ige in response to COVID 19 that mandates a 14- day self-quarantine for individuals entering Hawaii. The Statement of Interest is part …

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Dead Two-foot Snake Found in Kahului Parking Lot

On June 19, 2020 at about 10:47 a.m., Wailuku Patrol Officers were assigned to a Kahului Restaurant regarding a dead snake being found.  Upon arrival, Officer’s observed a 2-foot-long snake, dead in the front parking lot. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture was contacted and later removed the snake. According to Department of Agriculture personnel, the snake was identified as a …

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Hawai`i Sees Largest Single Day COVID-19 Increase Since Early April

The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health is reporting 27 new positive cases of coronavirus today, which is the highest number reported since April 2. DOH Director, Dr. Bruce Anderson said, “Despite our recent spike in cases, all of our testing and contact tracing procedures are working exactly as intended. Additional cases are being identified and added to the case count as …

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