A new family affordable rental housing project has been proposed in Kahului by the Catholic Charities Hawai’i. The proposed project would have 108 one-bedroom units and 70 two-bedroom units. The 5 acre site would also have a park and a gathering room.
The project, named the Hale Piling Family Affordable Rental Housing Project, would have the first phase completed in approximately 16 to 18 months. The units will be intended for those earning 60% or less of the average median income.
Estimated cost of the project is $66 million. According to 2020 guidelines, maximum rent for a one-bedroom unit to be around $1,153 and $1,384 for a two-bedroom.
For those of you who travel along Piilani Highway, please note! During the construction the speed limit has now been reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph. This is a temporary reduction that will be effect for the next 6 to 8 weeks.
Below is the updated list of approved pre-travel testing partners for the Covid-19 test. Those with a pre-travel 72 hour negative test do not have to quarantine for 14 days. Please always check with your local sources to confirm accuracy. Mahalo!
The Associated Press reported that about 8,000 people arrived in Hawaii on Thursday while Maui News reported 1,262 passengers arrived on Maui. For visitors arriving with Covid test clearances provided by “trusted partners” approved by the state pretty much breezed through, for those who didn’t get the needed results, unfortunately approximately 10 to 25 percent of passengers on each flight had tests from nontrusted partners. Moniz added that 5 percent of arrivals decided to forgo pre-travel testing and head straight to quarantine.
Mayor Victorino did state that they will work out the problems that occur in the next few days and will do their best to have things work out for the benefit of all. Many of the visitors stated they felt that with the way Maui has set up safety for our island’s health and theirs, this feels to them that this is the safest place to travel. We are taking the necessary steps to keep all healthy. Remember to wear masks and continue with social distancing to protect everyone. Mahalo Nui Loa!
If we can be assistance to anyone needing lists of approved “trusted partners” for testing or what is open as far as entertainments, restaurants, etc., we have gathered a pretty good list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org We are here to help.
After observing the presentation by Sandy Baz, the Maui Chamber of Commerce summarized what we can expect for travel opening on October 15th.
Update on Reopening Travel Plans for Maui County and the State:
Both the Mayor’s office and Governor provided press conferences today where they addressed travel plans.
Sandy Baz, Managing Director for the County of Maui shared that they have sent in 3 requests to the Governor, but they are still waiting on the Governor’s response.
1. If Maui County residents can travel solely between Maui, Molokai and Lanai without a quarantine.
2. For interisland travel to reopen with a pre-travel testing program similar to what is happening with Trans Pacific travel.
3. As the Mayor announced earlier this week, his request to mandate a second test for Trans Pacific travelers was denied by the Governor. However, he is asking the Governor to consider a request to strongly encourage visitors to take a voluntary second test, with incentives offered. He said they are working with hotels and lodging areas to encourage their guests to get tested.
Sandy also shared that travelers who are quarantining as they await their test results from the pre-travel test (if they did not get them prior to landing) can quarantine in their hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, condo or legal transient vacation rental.
In addition, Governor Ige and Lt. Governor Josh Green did a press briefing today on the October 15th reopening plan.
Updates include additional trusted travel and testing partners including: AFC Urgent Care, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS Health, Hawaiian Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Vault Health and Walgreens and mentioned Alaska Airlines is in the final phase of getting their approvals.
He also shared they are working on a post arrival surveillance testing program as a pilot by giving 10% of arrivals (who did the pre-test) a second test 4 days after arrival. However, we understand that will be voluntary and incentivized as a way to ensure safety and make sure the pre-test system works properly.