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Latest: SKorea reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. The 2,008 cases reported Friday was the 73rd...

Vaccine cards required for some indoor businesses on Maui

Sep. 16, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Proof of vaccination is now required to patrons who want to sit inside Maui bars and restaurants. Vaccination cards must be shown for indoor dining and drinking as well as for communal areas in businesses like gyms under Maui's “Safer Outside"...

Lanai rental housing project gets green light

Aug. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A county affordable housing committee voted to recommend approval of a rental project on Lanai, where no new affordable homes have been built in 30 years. The Hokuao 201H Housing Project, which was proposed by billionaire Larry Ellison’s company...

Lanai residents say rental housing needed on the island

Aug. 04, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A rental housing project proposed by Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison’s company for the Hawaiian island of Lanai has the support of residents who say it will help ease a shortage that leads to crowded living conditions. Ellison's Pulama Lanai...

Maui mayor vetoes hotel construction moratorium bill

Jul. 21, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui's mayor has vetoed a bill that would have imposed a moratorium on hotel construction in parts of the Valley Isle, saying the measure wouldn't be effective and was legally flawed. Mayor Michael Victorino said the bill won’t relieve crowds...

Dozens of Maui residents rally for affordable housing

Jul. 20, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Dozens of Maui residents held a rally for affordable housing as the county's median home price tops $1 million and the county council considers a new affordable housing plan. Stand Up Maui organized the affordable housing rally, which gathered...

Judge says Maui must get Clean Water Act permit for effluent

Jul. 16, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A federal judge ruled Maui County must get permits to operate injection wells that environmental groups said are polluting the ocean. Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit in 2012 over the injection wells, saying effluent from the Lahaina...

Maui median home price in June was more than $1.1M

Jul. 12, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The highest median price for a single-family home in Hawaii last month was in Maui County at more than $1.1 million. While Kauai has been seeing the highest median statewide price in recent months, Maui County went higher in June because of a...

Maui looks to Palau in effort to manage influx of tourists

Jun. 23, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — As some on Maui become overwhelmed by an influx of visitors, the first in a series of sustainable tourism town halls focused on lessons learned at another Pacific tourist hotspot. Orion Cruz, a Maui attorney who worked with the government of...