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Maui Lani Roundabout to open at noon Wednesday, July 29

The Maui Lani Roundabout at the intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Maui Lani Parkway has been completed and will be made open to the general public at noon on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The $3.15 million project broke ground at the end of April and was completed within three months, five months ahead of schedule. The project was initially set …

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Maui Tropical Plantation Abruptly Shuts Down Due to ‘Unprecedented times’

The Maui Tropical Plantation announced Tuesday that it is closing indefinitely in social media post online and on their website. On Instagram the post read: “Mahalo for all of your support.Stay tuned for information regarding the Plantation Store’s Final Summer Sale. We look forward to reopening in the future. Mahalo.” In the comment thread, it stated that the closure is …

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Central Maui Regional Sports Complex Closed for Maui Lani Roundabout Construction

The Central Maui Regional Sports Complex is closed due to the construction of the Maui Lani Roundabout project. The closure will help address safety concerns and limit traffic in the surrounding area. The roundabout project located at the Maui Lani Parkway-Kamehameha Avenue intersection is scheduled to be completed before the start of school. “We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding …

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MEO Accepting Applications for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The MEO (LIHEAP) provides energy credits for heating and/or cooling assistance to low-income households (150% of the federal poverty level, e.g. $45,195 for a family of four) throughout Maui County.  This is a one-time payment to offset utility bill (electric or gas) expenses in one of two ways: The Energy Crisis Intervention (ECI) program assists low-income households in crisis.  These …

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Habitat for Humanity Maui Closes on Two More Homes in Lahaina

This week two families received keys to their new home as part of Habitat for Humanity Maui’s affordable housing project in Lahaina. The homeowner’s friends and family contributed a combined 1,950 sweat equity and volunteer hours on the 864 square feet home featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Both homes were completed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting …

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AARP Hawai`i: IRS Stimulus Debit Cards are Legitimate but Confusing

IRS stimulus payments arriving as debit cards, rather than Treasury checks, are causing confusion among some recipients. The IRS mailed about 4 million prepaid debit cards, known as Economic Impact Payment or EIP cards, to people who did not provide electronic deposit information to the IRS. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is reporting an increase in calls asking if the …

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Hawaiian Electric donates $20,000 to Maui Food Bank to help with additional shipments for Moloka‘i residents

More than 33,000 pounds of food will be distributed by the Maui Food Bank to Moloka‘i residents in need through a $20,000 contribution from the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation (HEICF). HEI is the parent company of Hawaiian Electric, which supplies power to Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island. The donation will support additional shipments this week and in …

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Community Partnership adds Central Maui capacity for Keiki Feeding Sites

Beginning May 5, 2020, a partnership of non-profit and government organizations will be nearly doubling the capacity of a program that is serving free healthy meals. The meals, prepared according to United States Department of Agriculture standards, will be served at 19 Oʻahu sites and one Maui site, reaching well over 2,000 children and youth per day. Nine new sites, …

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Tanikai to Close After 49 Years in Business

One of Maui’s long time distributors is shutting down at the end of the month after 49 years of business. Prior to the pandemic that paralyzed the countries economy, Tanikai was very close to selling the company over to a buyer which pulled away just when the mandate from the government took effect.   Mr. George and Mrs. Jeanette Kadokawa created …

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Resources for Maui County Residents on Eviction Moratorium, Consumer Protections

Maui County residents are protected by an eviction moratorium under state emergency rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other consumer protection resources are also available. “With thousands of our residents out of work, it important for everyone to know that no one can be evicted from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, at least until April 30,” Mayor Victorino …

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