Maui Bus to provide free Wifi to East Maui residents starting Wednesday, June 24

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The County of Maui, Department of Transportation will be parking a Maui Bus fitted with free public Wifi at Hana Bay, starting Wednesday, June 24.

The bus will be parked at Hana Bay from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

“With many people working and learning from home during COVID-19, there is a greater need for reliable and safe access to the Internet,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “We are very happy to provide this service, especially for our keiki and residents out in the rural areas of Hana and East Maui.”

The bus will be fitted with antennas that can reach signals of up to 500 feet. Instructions on how to connect and use the Wifi service will be on the side of the bus for residents to follow. The bus will be parked at Hana Bay for a two-week trial period, with the option to extend.

“We know that Internet access can be spotty around Hana, so we’re excited that our students can use our bus to find learning opportunities online with school still out,” Deputy Director Michael Du Pont said. “This could also assist our residents who may need to find financial and unemployment resources due to impacts from COVID-19.”

Users are reminded to maintain physical distancing, limit gatherings and follow all other health and safety guidelines while accessing the free public Wifi.

For more information, call the County Department of Transportation at (808) 270-7511.