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To: Mayor Mike Victorino

Maui must do more to prevent another devastating COVID shutdown

Maui must do more to prevent another devastating COVID shutdown

Mayor Mike Victorino
Office of the Mayor
200 S. High St.
Wailuku, HI 96793

FORMAL LETTER TO THE MAYOR re: Reopening Maui to tourism during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dear Mr. Mayor,

In your words, Mr. Mayor, "We still need to unite and work together in Maui County." We believe that with the Oct 15th Reopening to Tourism, Maui County is at a critical point in being able to effectively manage the impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on both our resident population and on our economy.

We all agree that we need to keep our resident population safe AND keep our economy open.
However, it is also apparent that not all the elements necessary for success are being implemented.

Not to diminish any of the many good things your office has already accomplished, we, the undersigned, call on you to immediately adopt the following policies and procedures. In this way we can work together to manage existing resources in ways that will immediately enhance Maui County’s mitigation of the COVID-19 threat:

1. The establishment of a Rapid Response Covid-19 Task Force with the authority to plan for and execute emergency responses to inevitable hot spots and other unforeseen events in collaboration with the Maui State Health Dept. The Task Force can be headed by your Managing Director with the participation of at least two Council Members, a State House Rep, Dr. Lorrin Pang, Dr. Stephanie Yan, and three community members who have professional expertise and are qualified to assist and advise.

2. The implementation of the PERSEUS Phone App for anonymous contact tracing within Maui County. The app can have successful mitigation results even if the participation is just 10% and, it has already been approved by our County Council.

3. Upgrade the secondary test we currently offer travelers and visitors from voluntary to mandatory, as has already been permitted by Governor Ige. The current Kama'aina Card, you thoughtfully created, can be used then, instead, as an incentive for use of the PERSEUS App.

4. Launch a public education media campaign to promote Maui's existing rules on gatherings, social distancing, and mask-wearing for all. Everyone adhering to these rules is essential for our success.

The State estimates that one of every 1,000 visitors coming to Maui will be infected with Covid-19, which is approximately 35 to 56 people who are arriving to Maui every week. Just one super-spreader will have a devastating impact on our community. We need to be better prepared in order to avoid another shutdown.

Dr. Fauci stated unequivocally that Hawai'i's success at reopening is only as good as the mitigation strategies that are implemented locally and effectively.

What we love, we protect. Thank you for trusting and believing in our community enough to implement the above mitigation strategies to ensure Maui's success in reopening. Let us together, Malama Maui.

Sincerely,

Why is this important?

Maui's Mayor has been relying on the State to do what's needed to protect us all from the very serious threat of both COVID-19 infections and a financially devastating future Shutdown.

There are however several actions that can be done on Maui that do not involve or rely on the State. This is a call to action to maximize the existing resources Maui does have at hand right now to immediately enhance our COVID-19 response.

How it will be delivered

By hand at a press conference


Reasons for signing

  • I live on the Big Island, but Maui is our ‘ohana and we are all in this together. We (the entire state) need to come into agreement on these “life or death” issues to have a sense of unity and uniformity—that means everyone following the same mandates so there’s no “oh, I didn’t know because it’s different on my island/ county” excuse.
  • I am a multi time visitor who would like to continue visiting to a healthy productive Island and will do what I can to help. Even if it costs me a few dollars in tests and time to get them done. I would want my family safe and I feel that the people on Maui are my vacation family
  • The County of Maui has been grossly negligent in putting in the safeguards needed to keep it's residents safe, this needs to stop now, Mayor Victorino, do your job!

Updates

2020-10-24 14:07:44 -0400

Today's civil action has been endorsed by three County Council Members, Kelly King, Shane Sinenci, Mike Molina, and Tamara Paltin.

We are getting coverage by both local and national news outlets.

With the cluster breakout on Lanai expected to rise over 100, it is obvious that the Victorino Administration is not doing enough to prevent a shutdown of Maui entirely and we need to pressure the Mayor NOW to take additional and available appropriate actions NOW before its too late.

Despite the good things that have been done, this is just one example of the failure of the Victorino administration to manage this crisis sufficiently and today we offer a wake-up call before it is too late to avoid a total shutdown of Maui.
Join us and make some noise at the Airport today from 10 am to 1pm.
Mahalo.

2020-10-20 15:42:22 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-10-19 14:03:23 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-10-19 04:06:54 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-10-19 02:37:27 -0400

10 signatures reached

2020-10-19 00:27:52 -0400

ACTION ALERT: Drive-Through Occupation of Maui's Airport
SAT Oct 24th: 10am to 1pm
Be Peaceful, Be Courteous, Be LOUD!
Suggested Slogans: HONK FOR SAFE TOURISM
or HONK TO AVOID SHUTDOWN

This a non-partisan event, please DO NOT bring political campaign signs.
Download and share this flyer:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DaI5QgcpFhx1ZLzylGZYFMJnIeIrAtpn/view?usp=sharing