Maui County, HI Government

Maui Now Seeks Community Input For COVID Community Survey

Maui Now is conducting a survey focused on understanding the opinions and attitudes of community members about Maui County’s economy, leadership, and coronavirus response. The survey will run for seven days and can be completed here: Survey results will be announced on the last week of September.
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Day 2 of Major Clean-Up Underway at Kanahā Wildlife Sanctuary and Amala Place

As Maui County crews and contractors continued cleaning up trash, personal belongings, and abandoned vehicles from a ¾ mile stretch of Amala Place, staff from three DLNR divisions (Land, Forestry & Wildlife, Conservation and Resources Enforcement) began removing illegal camps from adjoining State lands. Supported by a large team from...
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Molokai Has An Electricity Problem. This Co-Op Wants To Change That

When the sun sets on Molokai, hundreds of homes go dark. For many of the island’s nearly 7,300 residents — 62% of which are Native Hawaiian — keeping the lights off isn’t just an environmentally sound choice, but a necessity since they have among the highest electricity rates in the state. That’s compounded by the fact that Hawaii ranks first for the most expensive electricity in the nation.
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High rates, lower occupancy in last month of summer

Maui County hotels finished a busy, pandemic-delayed travel season with slightly lower occupancy in August but still with the highest rates and room revenues in the state. Hotels across Maui County reached average daily rates of $596 — a 52 percent increase over the same time in 2019 — and revenue per available room of $439 — 43.6 percent higher than in August 2019. Both were tops among all four counties, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority data released Monday. Occupancy rates of 73.6 percent — down 4.3 percentage points from August 2019 — were second in the state only to Kauai, where occupancy reached 76.7 percent.
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Mandate free march draws crowds

First photo: Marchers carrying signs and flags along Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului take part in Saturday’s Mandate Free Maui March & Rally. The event drew a large crowd estimated at about 2,000 or more people. “This is happening in every town near you and big city in the country,” said Makawao’s Emily Jahnsen. “We’re very united in this one goal, and that goal is medical freedom of choice.” The line of marchers stretched all the way from the Keopuolani Skateboard Park to the sidewalk fronting Queen Kaahumanu Center.

Maui Gets $167,000 In Federal Funds to Support Senior Housing and Services

Today, US Senator Brian Schatz of Hawai‘i announced that two affordable housing service providers in Maui County will receive $167,639 in federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding was awarded to help make sure low-income seniors at HUD-assisted multifamily properties continue to receive health...

Maui, Kauai to see $1.7M in federal funding for housing

Maui and Kauai are to set to receive a combined sum of more than $1.7 million in federal funding for housing-related purposes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, congressional officials recently announced. For Kauai County, HUD will disburse $1,554,752 in Housing Voucher funds to the...

MEO Receives $211,226 Grant for Senior Employment Program

Maui Economic Opportunity has received a $211,226 federal grant for a program that provides on-the-job training for Maui County seniors. The grand funds run through June 2022 and the program is currently seeking applicants. Senior Community Service Employment Program was established by the federal Older American Act for income eligible...

Waterline break cuts service to 500 homes and businesses in Pukalani, Maui

The Maui County Department of Water Supply said about 500 customers are without water in Pukalani today due to a break in an 8-inch main waterline. The break occurred in a remote and difficult-to-reach gulch below Kamehameha Schools, according to county officials, and repair crews are on the scene, but the water outage is estimated to continue until 4 p.m. today.

Attendance Swells at “Mandate-Free Maui” March and Rally

A Mandate-Free Maui March and Rally drew thousands of participants that stretched in a walking line from War Memorial Stadium to the Kaʻahumanu Avenue intersection with Kahului Beach Road. Bystanders estimated the crowd at more than 1,000, while organizers said the event drew an estimated 3,000 individuals over the course of two hours, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Molokai on alert due to growing number of COVID cases, first death

Molokai has been experiencing a surge in cases over the past few weeks, putting the island’s population of about 6,275 on alert. As of Saturday, the island had experienced 31 cases over the past 14 days and a positivity rate of 4.4%, according to the state Department of Health. “I...

Maui County Begins Coastal Resilience Planning for Mā‘alaea

A project to initiate a Māʻalaea Village Coastal Resilience and Erosion Management Plan is getting underway, the County of Maui Department of Planning announced. The project seeks a proactive and holistic approach to manage worsening coastal erosion at Māʻalaea Bay Beach by exploring the feasibility of coastal resilience strategies, including erosion mitigation options and relocation of threatened structures. The project area spans from Māʻalaea Harbor to Haycraft Park.
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COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health on Monday reported 431 new confirmed and probable cases statewide, including 290 new cases on Oahu, 59 on Hawaii island, 38 on Maui, 32 on Kauai and 12 Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 75,911 confirmed and probable cases statewide,...

Amala Place Gate to Kanahā Beach Park to be Locked, Sept. 19-24 for Area Clean-up

The County of Maui will lock the Amala Place gate entrance to Kanahā Beach Park at closing on Sunday, Sept. 19, through 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. County officials say the temporary closure is needed to safeguard public safety during the area’s planned clean-up that will require heavy equipment to remove derelict vehicles and solid waste from the area.
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Monoclonal antibody therapy being used in Maui county

As COVID-19 cases rose around the state and Molokai being isolated and dependent on off-island hospitals for critical care, Molokai Community Health Center officials “proactively sought out” antibody therapy for COVID-19 patients on the island. The health center began offering monoclonal antibody therapy — which helps COVID-19 patients from developing...
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Crivello, Ignacio join Maui Economic Opportunity board

Former Maui County Council Member Stacy Crivello and Hale Mahaolu Director of Personal Care Reuben Ignacio recently joined the Maui Economic Opportunity board of directors. The nonprofit’s 21-member tripartite board must have at least one-third of its members from the resident sector, another third from the private sector and the final third from the government sector.