MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

Hawaiian Airlines to maintain Ohana by Hawaiian service to Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will continue to provide ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger flights between Honolulu and both Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i through at least mid-January 2021.Earlier this month Hawaiian announced the need to suspend both routes on November 1. Pandemic-induced low travel demand triggered a provision in Hawaiian’s pilot contract restricting the carrier’s ability to provide ‘Ohana by Hawaiian service. …

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Hawai‘i Activates Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits

DLIR is launching Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) tomorrow to Hawai‘i workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits. The EB program kicks in after the unemployed individual received 26 weeks of state unemployment and 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. DLIR Director Anne Eustaquio said, “The Extended Benefits program provides a much-needed safety net for Hawai‘i …

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Governor Signs Stay-At-Home Order for Lāna‘i

As Lāna‘i continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, the island is being put under a stay-at-home order starting tomorrow to mitigate the spread of the virus. The order was signed by Gov. David Ige this morning. It goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said, “With the rapidly rising positive COVID-19 case count, this is …

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Stay At Home order requested for Lanai, starting Tuesday, Oct. 27

The County of Maui anticipates issuing a mandatory Stay At Home order for Lanai residents and visitors beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. “With the rapidly rising positive COVID-19 case count, this is an important step to limit the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of this vulnerable community on Lanai,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “This …

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Maui police arrest 4 suspects in Kahului robbery

On October 20, 2020, the following three (3) people were arrested for Robbery in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree:  Andres Alvez-Ortiz (40), of Waiehu, arrested at 4:01 p.m.  Kai Hoopai (37) of Waihee, arrested at 4:02 p.m.  Chanel Fontes (29) of Wailuku, arrested at 6:49 p.m.  Investigation reveals on October 20, 2020, at about 10:30 a.m., …

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DOH now preparing for statewide COVID-19 vaccination program

Although a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration is not expected to be widely available until early next year, state and county officials and private-sector partners have already prepared a preliminary plan to implement a COVID-19 vaccination program in the state. More than 150 stakeholders representing more than 90 organizations gathered late yesterday to …

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DOH confirms four COVID-19 cases on Lanai

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Maui District Health Office (MDHO) has confirmed four cases of COVID-19 in residents on the island of Lāna‘i. MDHO was notified of the positive test results today and is actively performing contact tracing and investigation of the cases. Initial findings have determined that one of the four cases may be associated with recent travel. Three of …

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Circuit Court Decision Upholds Lawfulness of Governors Emergency Proclamations

Circuit Court Judge Wendy M. DeWeese has dismissed a legal challenge to the Governor’s COVID-19 emergency proclamations. In Partal et al. v. Ige et al., the plaintiffs argued that the Governor’s emergency powers under Hawaiʻi law were time-limited.  In particular, the plaintiffs argued that emergency proclamations issued by the Governor could not be renewed or reissued after an initial 60-day period …

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Airports Come Alive As Safe Travels Program Officially Launches

The Safe Travels Hawai‘i program has officially launched. The first trans-pacific flight arrived mid-day today. Under the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, travelers now have the option of taking a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a trusted testing partner, and if given a negative result for COVID-19, allowed to bypass the state’s 14-day mandatory quarantine.   Governor David Ige and several state …

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