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May 2020

May 16, 2020

Hawaii’s First Case Of Rat Lungworm This Year Found On Maui Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s First Case Of Rat Lungworm This Year Found On Maui

The Department of Health said there were nine reported cases in 2019.

May 10, 2020

Maui Council Has Figured Out How To Do Virtual Meetings Right Screenshot from Maui County Council

Maui Council Has Figured Out How To Do Virtual Meetings Right

Maui County Council is using a live videoconferencing system for its council sessions.

April 2020

April 15, 2020

Kaiser Coronavirus Experts Fly In For Damage Control At Maui Hospital Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kaiser Coronavirus Experts Fly In For Damage Control At Maui Hospital

The Kaiser team from the mainland is expected to significantly bolster the hospital’s efforts to control the spread of the virus.

Staff: Things Got Out Of Hand Quickly At Maui Hospital Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Staff: Things Got Out Of Hand Quickly At Maui Hospital

Staff at the Maui medical facility that is the center of a COVID-19 cluster describe a chaotic week on the job.

April 08, 2020

Maui Mayor Reports Cluster Of Hospital Workers Infected With COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Mayor Reports Cluster Of Hospital Workers Infected With COVID-19

Mayor Mike Victorino said it wasn’t clear how many patients the 15 infected Maui Memorial Medical Center employees had come in contact with.

January 2020

January 30, 2020

Helicopter Fishing For Ghost Nets In Hawaii Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Helicopter Fishing For Ghost Nets In Hawaii

Nonprofits have banded together to explore a new way of removing abandoned fishing gear before it damages reefs or ensnares whales, dolphins, seals and turtles.

January 27, 2020

Maui Mayor Wants Federal Help With Island Sustainability Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Maui Mayor Wants Federal Help With Island Sustainability

Civil Beat caught up with the mayor at a recent event in Washington, D.C., to discuss climate change, his hope to turn Maui into Hawaii’s food basket and the U.S. Supreme Court.

November 2019

November 14, 2019

Fighting To Save This Rare Maui Forest Bird From Extinction

Fighting To Save This Rare Maui Forest Bird From Extinction

A team of biologists brought 13 critically endangered Maui parrotbills to the other side of Haleakala to save the species from extinction. But less than a month later, only three birds have survived.

November 05, 2019

The Stakes Are High As Maui Wastewater Case Heads To US Supreme Court Courtesy: Jen Smith

The Stakes Are High As Maui Wastewater Case Heads To US Supreme Court

The lawsuit has drawn attention from environmental groups, fossil fuel interests and the Trump administration, which is backing Maui County.

August 2019

August 29, 2019

4 Stranded Whales Euthanized On Maui Beach NOAA Fisheries permit number 18786

4 Stranded Whales Euthanized On Maui Beach

The remaining six stranded melon-headed whales were floated back to sea, though authorities said two of those were likely to be euthanized.

August 09, 2019

This Dental Care Program For Kids Doesn’t Require A Trip To The Dentist Natasha Ala

This Dental Care Program For Kids Doesn’t Require A Trip To The Dentist

A pilot teledentistry program on Maui and the Big Island is extending access to care in a state where one in four children have untreated tooth decay.

August 06, 2019

Maui Is Taking This Clean Water Legal Fight All The Way — Some Say Too Far Courtesy: Jen Smith

Maui Is Taking This Clean Water Legal Fight All The Way — Some Say Too Far

The Maui wastewater case has far-reaching ramifications for the nation’s rivers, lakes and oceans. And it’s headed to a conservative Supreme Court.

July 2019

July 11, 2019

Maui Brush Fire Forces Evacuations Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Maui Brush Fire Forces Evacuations

The blaze was still uncontained Thursday evening, and two shelters had been opened.

June 2019

June 11, 2019

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui Courtesy of Keahi Bustamente

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui

People are urged to be on the lookout for the newcomer to Hawaii, which adds to the problems already hindering the rarely seen Kamehameha butterfly and host plants.

May 2019

May 15, 2019

Maui Residents Push Back On Loosening Liquor Laws Creative Commons/Edsel Little

Maui Residents Push Back On Loosening Liquor Laws

Allowing restaurants to sell take-out booze is the latest in a series of controversial proposals. “We don’t want Maui to turn into Las Vegas,” says one critic.

May 02, 2019

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades

The result has been bittersweet. Stream water was restored to his East Maui land three years ago, but so many others gave up traditional taro farming during the long battle.

April 2019

April 11, 2019

Ex-Maui Inmate Gets $10K In Sex Assault Lawsuit Settlement AP

Ex-Maui Inmate Gets $10K In Sex Assault Lawsuit Settlement

Woman claimed a corrections officer threatened to remove her from a work furlough program if she didn’t have sex with him.

April 10, 2019

Maui’s Top Legal Official Resigns Following Abuse Arrest Wikimedia Commons

Maui’s Top Legal Official Resigns Following Abuse Arrest

Protesters had demanded the removal of Patrick Wong after his arrest on a domestic abuse charge.

December 2018

December 24, 2018

Maui Police Shoot And Kill Attempted Murder Suspect Fotalia

Maui Police Shoot And Kill Attempted Murder Suspect

Police say Kaulana Reinhardt, who had a warrant for attempted murder with a $1 million bail, was pursued while driving a stolen truck

December 23, 2018

Tad Bartimus: For Christmas, I’m Giving To ‘The Faces’ Dean Wariner/Civil Beat

Tad Bartimus: For Christmas, I’m Giving To ‘The Faces’

Buy local, give local. The holidays is a time to show thanks for all the aloha and acceptance our columnist and her husband have received living in Hana.