MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

Mokulele Airlines and Makani Kai Announce Merger

Hawaii’s two largest commuter airlines today announce that they will merge operations beginning this month. The merger solidifies the health of the commuter airline industry in the state for the long-term recovery from the effects of the Corona virus. Makani Kai Airlines was founded by Richard Schuman, a fourth generation Hawaii resident whose great grandfather immigrated from Germany in 1893. …

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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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Update: Power restored to all customers following load shed

Around 12:10 p.m. today, a power outage was experienced by about 18,000 customers in various areas of Maui, including parts of Central Maui, Wailea, Mahinahina, Upcountry, and Haiku to Keanae. Customers were brought back online in phases with all customers restored around 1 p.m. The outage occurred after a generator tripped and caused a load shed, or when energy loads …

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Mandatory Quarantine for InterIsland Travel to be Lifted Effective June 16th

Gov. David Ige today announced that the state will be lifting the 14-day quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers, effective June 16. The state Department of Transportation will require thermal screening at the airport for everyone traveling inter-island. HDOT will also require travelers to fill out a new form that will now also ask for health-related information to assist the state …

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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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MFD Douses Lahaina Structure Fire

Maui Fire Department crews battled a structure fire along Papalaua Street in Lahaina early Sunday morning. MFD officials say crews responded to the 12:58 a.m. alarm to find a blaze that appeared to have begun near storage containers/shed to the rear of a service station that was heavily involved in flames. Crews prevented the fire from spreading into an adjacent …

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UPDATE: Authorities Locate California Man Wanted for Violating Quarantine Orders

Updated on May 31. The Maui Police Department reports that 36-year-old Joaquin Pelayo was located and arrested on May 29 at 10:23 a.m. for two counts of Rules and Order for violating the 14-day quarantine order. Authorities say Pelayo voluntarily elected to return home.  He was later released on his own recognizance. He was scheduled to depart Maui on the …

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Police Seek Help Locating Man Reported Missing

The Maui Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Kody Genovia who has been reported missing by his family on the mainland. Authorities say Genovia last had contact with his family in February/March 2020.  He was last known to be residing in the Wailuku area.   Genovia may be operating a green Mini Cooper.   Police say …

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