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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Mayor Victorino encourages virtual holiday celebrations

Mayor Michael Victorino is encouraging Maui County residents to consider alternative ways to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones this Thanksgiving.

“Virtual options allow us to stay in touch safely with family members who do not live in our household,” Mayor Victorino said. “We can talk, joke, hang out and even play games in a virtual experience.”

Video chat options include, but are not limited to, Apple Facetime, Facebook Rooms, Google Meet, Microsoft Skype and Zoom. Each application has various limits on maximum participants, lengths of meeting times, download and account requirements.

There are also easy steps to make your virtual party secure and enjoyable:

  • Find a quiet, uncluttered space with good lighting (Remember, you are inviting someone into your home.)
  • Make sure all your guests have the meeting invitation link and ask them not share it with uninvited guests
  • Take care to always have a passcode for your chat; only join if you have a link; and limit individuals who share a screen
  • Avoid background noise and fake backgrounds that can be distracting
  • Remember to keep your device muted when not speaking
  • Speak clearly, but not too loudly
  • Direct questions to a specific individual
  • Don’t forget to turn off the chat when you are done
  • Most importantly, have fun! Play some games, catch up with family and friends, and stay connected safely this holiday season.

For more information, see a slide presentation on Physically Distant Holidays at: https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/124938/Physically-Distant-Holidays-Tips

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