Hawaii’s Gradual Reopening

Last Monday the State of Hawaii allowed low-contact businesses like golf courses and automated car washes to reopen. Next Monday, May 11, retail stores will be allowed to reopen, with mandatory masks for all employees and customers. Here's the report from KHON-2 TV Honolulu, and a report from the Lt. Governor. When is Maui going [...]
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Maui Lockdown: Police Adopt Zero Tolerance & Residents Hunker Down

For all the talk about reopening Maui, the beaches are still only open for exercise. Stop and sit on a bench, and you'll get a ticket. Sit down anywhere, and you'll get a ticket. The Maui PD has adopted a zero-tolerance policy and if you're not actively exercising on the beach, you're getting a ticket. [...]
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Maui Unemployment Skyrockets, Economy Crumbles; Dr. Jim’s Predictions

For the past decade Maui has enjoyed one record year of tourism after another. Up until March visitor spending had reached record levels of $500 Million. Per Month! Since the Covid-19 panic it's plummeted to zero. The mayor has already announced a 20% wage cut for all county employees, and lots more budget cuts are [...]
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What Maui Looks Like During Lockdown

Here are some videos of what Maui's been like for the past few weeks. Lahaina Front Street during the lockdown Map of the Lahaina area Whaler's Village Whaler's Village area map. Some great aerial video of the same area. A tour of Kihei and Wailea during lockdown. A map of the Kihei and Wailea area. [...]
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When is Maui Reopening?

Everything is confusion regarding the reopening of Maui. Apparently the Governor extending his stay-at-home order to May 31st was in conflict to what had been told to a meeting of resort executives, and now they're scrambling to change their plans. The Ritz Carlton now says they're reopening August 1st. Some other Ka'anapali resorts have extended [...]
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Maui Under Lockdown – A Video Update

Let's take a look around Maui and see what it's like under Covid-19. Life on Maui under Covid-19 Day 34 of Maui Lockdown, taken from the West Maui Forest Reserve Some photos of the 18,000 rental cars parked at the Maui airport. https://planetmaui.com/18000-parked-rental-cars-at-airport/ For more articles about Maui during the Covid-19 crisis, click here.
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18,000 Rental Cars Parked at Airport

Here are some new photos of the thousands of rental cars parked at Kahului Airport, Maui (OGG). If parked end-to-end they'd reach from the airport to Ka'anapali. And back. With a mile of cars left over! This is what the line of cars would look like. Source: Maui News More photos: Planet Maui For more [...]
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Maui on Lockdown

Since I only live 1/2 a block from the beach, I did the allowed thing today - I left the house for exercise, and walked the beach. OMG! I was ALL ALONE! This has NEVER happened before! A mile of beach, north and south of where I was in the photos - all to myself! [...]
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A Quarantined Afternoon in Kihei, Maui

It's a beautiful afternoon in Waipuilani Park today. Only one scoff-law (besides myself) to invade my privacy, but I got some great photos anyhow. More people showed up for sunset. What a beautiful day!
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Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) at Mid-Afternoon

This was the scene today at baggage claim. Staff told me it’s never been this empty since the airport opened in 1952. Staff also said that they’ve sanitized everything so many times that the airport is probably more sterile than an operating room! As of yesterday, April 1, not only are visitors and returning residents […]

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Maui – Cars ‘r Us

A few days ago we talked about all the rental cars parked around the airport. Well, there’s even more, now. When the Covid-19 panic hit, Maui was in the midst of a record-breaking season. The rental car companies had been shipping thousands of vehicles here, for just that reason. It’s mind-blowing to see them all […]

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Maui Photo of the Day – Upcountry Rainbow

Maui may be shut down right now because of Covid-19, but Mother Nature is still showing up for work every day. Photo by Dominick Marino.

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Maui may be closed, but we aren’t

Maui might be closed indefinitely because of Covid-19, but we’re going to keep publishing. Even if you can’t visit us, you can live with us vicariously through the newletter. Aloha! Get updates, news and photos of Maui delivered to your inbox.     Click here for the Newsletter Archives.

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You’d Better Postpone Your Trip to Hawaii

Hawaii airports will begin mandating a 14-day quarantine for both residents and visitors coming to the islands beginning at 12:01 am on Thursday, March 26, according to Lt. Gov. Josh Green. Green said that the Airports Division of the state Department of Transportation is working up a plan to “only allow individuals to come in […]

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Diving Molokini – All Tours Cancelled

Ever dive the back wall at Molokini Crater? You can, on a

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