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Two More Deaths from COVID-19 brings Hawai`i Total to Twelve

The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health is reporting two additional coronavirus related deaths late last night. These deaths bring the total in the state to twelve (12) since tracking began on Feb. 28, 2020. “We are saddened by these additional deaths and the toll the pandemic is taking on the families and friends of those affected,” said Gov. Ige. “This is …

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Hawaii’s tenth COVID-19 death recorded on Maui

The State extends its condolences to the family and friends of the adult male visitor who is the 10th death in Hawai‘i associated with COVID-19. The individual was an adult male from Washington state in the 40-59-year age group who had no previous medical conditions and a history of travel. He had been hospitalized for an extended period in serious …

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Rare Video Captures Humpback Whale Nursing Behaviors Off Maui

A new project that aims to quantify the nursing behavior of humpback whale calves in the Maui breeding grounds. The project is a collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Marine Mammal Research Program, the Goldbogen Lab at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station and the Friedlander Lab at University of California, Santa Cruz.  Researchers deployed non-invasive suction-cup tags with …

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Checkpoints Set Up Along Hana Highway in Effort to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Road checkpoints on the roadways to Hana will be located after Twin Falls on Hana Highway and at Ulupalakua Ranch on Piilani Highway. The checkpoints will help protect isolated communities with limited medical resources by restricting road traffic to East Maui residents only. “These checkpoints were requested by our East Maui community and I want to mahalo Sen. Kalani English …

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Vehicle Strikes, Nearly Kills Pedestrian on Mokulele Highway

On Friday, April 17, 2020, at approximately 8:08 PM, a collision occurred on Maui Veterans Highway (previously named Mokulele Highway), south of Kealia NWR entrance.  Preliminary investigation reveals a 2011 Kia Optima was traveling south on Maui Veterans Highway headed towards Kihei.  The operator of the Kia, a nineteen (19) year old female from Wailuku did not observe a pedestrian, …

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DOH: MMMC Outbreak May have Been Driven by a Single Healthcare Worker

One additional person is under investigation as being potentially associated with the cluster of positive COVID-19 cases at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC). The DOH’s investigation at MMMC continues and it appears the outbreak may have been driven by a single healthcare worker who was allowed to work while ill. 42 people (27 staff and 15 patients) are now associated …

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Judiciary Postpones Trials Until End of May

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today ordered that trials in civil, criminal, and family courts be postponed to a date after May 29, 2020, or the termination of Gov. David Ige’s state of emergency, whichever is sooner, unless otherwise ordered by the chief judge of the respective circuit. He also ordered the formation of the Committee on OperationalSolutions, a group formed to accelerate …

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HIDOE Enrichment and Distance Learning to Continue for the Remainder of the School Year

The Hawaii State Department of Education announced today the continuation of enrichment and distance learning through May 28, the last day of the 2019-20 school year. The decision was made based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and elected leaders. “This pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way that education will be delivered at all levels and especially …

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All Hawaii Beaches Closed by Governor’s Supplementary Proclamation

Governor David Ige today, issued a Fifth Supplementary Proclamation to his Emergency Rules. This one includes limitations on activities outside homes or places of residence and closes all beaches in Hawai‘i. It became clear that many people are continuing to access beaches, waters, and trails for social and recreational activities without proper social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. Such activity …

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Governor Ige Orders Eviction Moratorium, Closes all Hawai`i Beaches

Gov. David Ige signed a fifth emergency supplementary proclamation that includes an eviction moratorium — which prevents any eviction from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent. Previously, all eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders were suspended with the closure of the Hawai‘i State Judiciary during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the supplementary proclamation enhances social distancing requirements, ordering …

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