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Posted by Evan Harlow R(S) 82003 on Monday, August 24th, 2020 at 12:42pm.

Catch Up On What's Happening on Maui August 24th, 2020

Temptation Island Get's Cancelled

The Andaz in Wailea was scheduled to play host to the third season of the TV show Temptation Island and was in preparation for creating a COVID bubble at the resort to continue shooting, but due to community protests and the mayor's strict coronavirus philosophy, it has been postponed. 

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino Considers Reimposing Restrictions

While we have had a slight increase in cases over the last few days, it certainly isn't a huge increase, yet the Mayor is considering reinstating further restrictions on the residents of Maui to stem the spread of COVID-19. With inter-island travel back under restrictions, further restrictions would do even more damage to what's left of the small businesses on Maui that are starting to show further signs of strain from the prolonged absence of visitors. Hopefully, everyone can maintain adherence to guidelines about large gatherings and we can maintain our level of openness along our path to welcoming back visitors without quarantine as soon as possible. 

Haleakala National Park Open For Sunrise

Sunrise is open at Haleakala National Park. Given the absence of the usual visitor traffic, it's a great time to come see the sunrise at the park. Open 7 days a week.

Haleakala National Park: Recently released a short film called "Koa Talking To Me" about a Hawaiian man's love for Koa wood and all of the cool things you can do with it.

Molokini Unexploded Ordinance Will Be Left Alone

There was some talk about detonating two pieces of World War 2 era ordinance, but it has been decided by DLNR to leave them in place as they pose no threat to the area or those enjoying Molokini. Detonating the bombs posed a bigger risk than leaving them alone does. Sounds like a good call to me to leave them alone. 

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “We appreciate all of the public feedback and concur with the Army’s DESB assessment that the best approach is to leave these two bombs in the ocean, where they have been for the past 70 years. Given their locations and the ocean depth of one of the unexploded munitions, along with consultation with permitted dive and snorkel operators, the recommendation is for everyone to practice the 3 R’s of UXO safety.”

That's all of the news for this week. No updates about potential reopening dates this week. Hope you have a great week and as always, if you need anything, I'm only a phone call away.

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