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Off the News: AlohaSafe Alert on Maui, or quarantine

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For travelers to Maui, it’s not an opt-out from Hawaii’s Safe Travels policy, but certainly an add-on.

Concerned about recent COVID-19 surge on its island, Maui County on Tuesday started requiring all incoming interisland and trans-Pacific travelers to download the state’s new AlohaSafe Alert app, or else go into mandatory 10-day quarantine. The app is on top of the pretravel, negative COVID-19 test needed to bypass quarantine under the statewide Safe Travels program.

AlohaSafe Alert, a free app via Apple or Google Play, uses Bluetooth technology to anonymously alert users if they’ve been in proximity (so possibly exposed) to a coronavirus case. Health officials are encouraging all, not just Maui travelers, to use the app (

DHHL seeks comments on casino

Though the plan isn’t expected to get far in the legislative approval process this year, the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has opened a public comment period on its draft proposal to authorize limited gaming — a casino resort — on land it owns in Kapolei.

After holding two virtual beneficiary consultation meetings last week, DHHL is now encouraging its beneficiaries to view information at Comments can be e-mailed to and will be accepted through Feb. 19.

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