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Vacation Rental Occupancy in Maui County Increased to 81.3% for June

Maui Countyʻs tourism continues to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, with occupancy for vacation rentals increasing to 81.3% for June, but demand and rates still trail pre-pandemic levels, according to the new Hawaiʻi Vacation Rental Performance Report by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. While the 81.3% occupancy rate is 3.6 percentage...
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Best of Maui Hawaii (Top Things to Do)

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Filled with lush green forests sprawling with hidden waterfalls, black sand beaches and a rich history, this is Maui Hawaii. Join us as we explore the Road to Hana, Kea Lani, Lahaina, Makawao and much more. We bike down Haleakala Volcano after watching the sunrise from the top, snorkel, cliff jump and eat great food. Also watch us get lost and try to maneuver our way around the rough but beautiful terrain of the Hawaii jungles. Enjoy the video.
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July 4 spike lingering due to Delta variant and travel

Health officials said the Delta variant and an increase in residents traveling to the Mainland are driving an ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases, as Hawaii reported 243 confirmed and probable cases on Thursday, the highest single-day case count since early January. The numbers are not all from Fourth of July...
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Moratorium bill didn’t address the real problem: Vacation rentals

We are all frustrated about the recent arrival of too many visitors too soon. The pandemic shut down our hospitality industry overnight and it feels like it bounced back just as suddenly. One of the best things about our community is our shared passion for keeping Maui County special, but we don’t always agree on how to do that.
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Maui County Mayor vetoes moratorium bill that would limit hotel construction on Maui

Maui county mayor Michael Victorino has vetoed a bill that would limit hotel construction on parts of the Valley Isle. With the idea of slowing down tourism, the Maui County council recently passed Bill 60 which would create a two year moratorium for new hotel construction in West and South Maui. Managing director Sandy Baz says the Mayor does not believe it would help solve the problem.
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Kaunoa has senior classes next month

Kaunoa Senior Services is offering online classes via Zoom in August for seniors 55 years old and older. Signed waivers are required for exercise classes. For more information and to register with Kaunoa, a division of Maui County’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns, call 270-7308 or 270-4310. Classes include:
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Testifiers Suggest Delayed Implementation of Plastic Disposable Foodware Ban

Maui restaurants and distributors continued to express supply chain concerns and economic challenges compounded by pandemic impacts when testifying on an ordinance amendment that outlines a ban on single-use plastic foodware in Maui County. The restrictions were already approved by the council, and are mandated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
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Maui Is So Overrun by Tourists It's Imposing a New Tax on Them

Tourists love Hawaii, and who can blame them? It's a beautiful place full of good people, good food, and great weather. And for Americans, there's not even a passport required. Hawaii has had some very tight COVID-19 regulations in place throughout the pandemic but has seen an overwhelming influx of...
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Fixed islandwide holiday a solution to overcrowding

Mayor Victorino recently called upon the airlines to not bring so many tourists to Maui. Say what?. That is like asking Safeway to not sell so much food because people are overweight. The airlines, like grocery stores, are going to do what they are in business for, which is to...
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BLNR Passes Highly Contested Beach Nourishment Project

The state BLNR heard from the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands on a programmatic statewide small-scale beach restoration (SSBR) permitting program that would reauthorize and expand the existing OCCL beach nourishment program to “streamline” activities. Shellie Habel, Ph.D., presented the project — which has 19 pages of conditions —...
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County Gym to Reopen

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation is preparing to reopen gymnasium facilities that have been closed for recreational use since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including Molokai’s gym in Kaunakakai. “It’s great to welcome our residents back into County gyms for basketball, volleyball and more,”...
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More deer encroach on Upcountry

A herd of axis deer grazes in a pasture along Hanamu Road in Olinda recently. Drought conditions in Maui County are continuing to deteriorate and last month Upcountry farmers reported an increase in axis deer encroachments due to poor forage conditions, according to a drought information statement released Friday by Kevin Kodama, senior service hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Severe drought in June expanded to cover the west half of Molokai, lower elevations of Maui’s central valley and leeward areas of Lanai and Kahoolawe. A Kaupo rancher said he had to reduce his cattle and goat herds due to the drought. Also, ranchers on Molokai west of Kawela reported having to provide supplemental feed to support their herds, Kodama said. A Stage 1 water shortage for the Upcountry area went into effect July 2, prohibiting Upcountry consumers from using water for irrigation, watering lawns, washing vehicles or other nonessential activities.
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Maui Adding New Tourism Tax as Traveler Numbers Continue to Rise

Tourists planning a trip to the Hawaiian island of Maui should be prepared to pay a new tourism tax designed to help offset the impact of the COVID-19 travel restrictions that devastated local economies. According to The Associated Press, representatives in Hawaii overrode a veto from Hawaii Governor David Ige...
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Maui Wants Airlines To Bring Fewer Visitors To Island

People are traveling again now that COVID-19 vaccination rates are rising and pandemic restrictions are easing. The problem for the Hawaiian island of Maui, however, is that “over-tourism” has caused congested roads, crowded beaches, and packed restaurants, according to its mayor. To help remedy the situation, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino...