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Candidate Edwards Hunt Investigation

A press conference was held today at the State Building in Hilo, at 2 p.m., today seeking an investigation by the State’s Attorney General into possible tax and voting irregularities by Dist. 5 Council candidate Tiffany Edwards-Hunt.

Research of public records prompted by a question at a Puna forum regarding Mrs. Hunt’s residency uncovered a number of inconsistencies that raise questions as to her eligibility to serve as representative for Council Dist. 5 if elected.

The coalition is taking this action on behalf of the voters and citizens of the Puna District.

Coast Guard Instructs Pleasure Crafts to Seek Sheltered Waters Before Iselle Hits

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has set Heavy Weather Condition 2 for commercial ports on the Island of Hawaii at 4 p.m., and throughout Maui County at 9 p.m. All other ports remain in condition 3.

Hurricane Iselle

All pleasure craft were instructed to seek sheltered waters.

Vessels transiting within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Island harbors should seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside and anticipate harbor closures at the discretion of the COTP as storm conditions progress.

  • Condition V: Seasonally readiness, 1 June – 30 November
  • Condition IV: The ALERT condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 72 hours.
  • Condition III: The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours.
  • Condition II: The WARNING condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 24 hours.
  • Condition I: The DANGER condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 12 hours and until the storm has passed and is no longer a threat.

Heavy Weather conditions for each port will be updated as information becomes available regarding potential wind conditions for the islands.

All ocean going commercial vessels and ocean going barges greater than 200 gross tons are expected to make preparations to leave the ports by the following times:

  • Hawaii (Big Island) Hilo – 4 a.m., Aug. 7, 2014
  • Hawaii (Big Island) Kawaihae – 7 a.m., Aug. 7, 2014
  • Maui County Kahului – 9 a.m., Aug. 7, 2014
  • Maui County Kaunakakai and Kaumalapau – 12 p.m., Aug. 7, 2014

Vessels that desire to remain in port must submit a safe mooring plan in writing to the COTP and receive permission to remain in port.

Once the storm has passed, and the threat of severe weather has subsided, the Coast Guard, Army Corp of Engineers and State of Hawaii will jointly conduct surveys of channel blockage and prioritize steps to resume essential, then normal, vessel traffic. These steps are to minimize risk of damage to vessels and assess the conditions of channels, aids to navigation, waterfront facilities, piers and other infrastructure.

The COTP, in conjunction with the state DOT-Harbors in Hawaii, will begin sending Port Assessment Teams to accessible areas of the zone.

Port Assessment Teams will document all activities using logs, photographs and any other appropriate means.

The Coast Guard will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners and fax out a Marine Safety Information Bulletin to notify the reopening of the port and any special conditions.

Hawaii County Operations Limited as Hurricanes Iselle, Julio Approach

Hawai‘i County offices will close at noon tomorrow, August 7, and remain closed all day Friday, August 8, because of expected weather impacts from Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio.
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Essential employees whose work involves continuing crucial operations and services will remain on the job. These employees have been identified by their departments and are required to report to work.

Absentee walk-in voting will continue at four sites in Hawai‘i County from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Those voting sites are Aupuni Center in Hilo, the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Waimea Community Center and Pahala Community Center.

To provide for everyone’s safety, the following county facilities have been closed:

  • All County Parks and Beach Parks will not open on Thursday and will remain closed until further notice.
  • All County Solid Waste Transfer Stations and both the Hilo and Puuanahulu Landfills will close at noon on Thursday.

All Hele-On buses are scheduled to operate as normal on Thursday and Friday. However, due to heavy rains and potential road closures, bus routes may be canceled with little or no notice. Please prepare for alternative transportation during this hurricane event. Delays are expected.

Senior Nutrition Programs and Elderly Recreation Program activities are canceled Thursday and Friday. Van service provided by Coordinated Services for the Elderly has been suspended for Thursday and Friday.

Residents are strongly encouraged to stay off roadways and travel as little as possible to avoid wind and flooding hazards.

Civil Defense 6:30 PM Message on Hurricane Iselle

A HURRICANE WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE BIG ISLAND. 
A HURRICANE WARNING CONTINUES FOR WATERS AROUND THE BIG ISLAND. 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR OAHU...MOLOKAI...LANAI... 
KAHOOLAWE...MAUI. 

Hurricane Iselle
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR WATERS AROUND OAHU...MAUI 
COUNTY WATERS...PAILOLO CHANNEL AND ALENUIHAHA CHANNEL. 
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH CONTINUES FOR NIIHAU...KAUAI. 
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH CONTINUES FOR KAUAI NORTHWEST WATERS... 
KAUAI WINDWARD WATERS AND KAUAI LEEWARD WATERS. 
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. 
 
.STORM INFORMATION... 
 
AT 5 PM HST...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISELLE WAS LOCATED NEAR 
LATITUDE 17.7N...LONGITUDE 147.5W...OR ABOUT 515 MILES 
EAST-SOUTHEAST OF HILO HAWAII AND ABOUT 720 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST 
OF HONOLULU HAWAII. HURRICANE ISELLE IS MOVING WEST-NORTHWEST AT 
18 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 90 MPH. 
 
.SITUATION OVERVIEW... 
ISELLE IS EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAINS...HIGH SURF AND DAMAGING 
WINDS. HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ON THE BIG 
ISLAND OF HAWAII ON THURSDAY. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE 
EXPECTED TO SPREAD TO MAUI COUNTY THURSDAY NIGHT AND TO OAHU ON 
FRIDAY. SWELLS GENERATED BY ISELLE WILL BUILD TONIGHT...POSSIBLY 
BECOMING DAMAGING ALONG SOME COASTLINES ON THURSDAY. HIGH SURF IS 
EXPECTED TO REACH THE ISLANDS AHEAD OF THE HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG 
WINDS. THE HIGH SURF MAY BRING COASTAL FLOODING...PARTICULARLY 
WHEN COMBINED WITH AFTERNOON ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDES. THE THREAT 
OF COASTAL FLOODING AND PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL BE GREATEST ON 
WINDWARD BIG ISLAND. 
WHILE THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY IN THE EXACT TRACK AND 
STRENGTH OF ISELLE...THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI ARE EXPECTED TO BE 
IMPACTED FIRST. 
 
.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
 
.NEXT UPDATE... 
 
THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AROUND 1230 AM HST...OR 
SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. 
 
...HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT... 
 
...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
 
...WINDS... 
BASED ON THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK...WINDS OVER 40 MPH ARE 
EXPECTED TO BEGIN OVERSPREADING THE AREA THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND 
EARLY THURSDAY EVENING. IN SOME AREAS...WINDS WILL BE AS HIGH AS 
60 TO 70 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 85 MPH ON THURSDAY NIGHT. 
DAMAGING WINDS ARE EXPECTED. SOME DAMAGE TO BUILDING STRUCTURES 
COULD OCCUR...PRIMARILY TO UNANCHORED STRUCTURES...SUCH AS SCHOOL 
PORTABLES. SOME DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO POORLY CONSTRUCTED SIGNS. 
LOOSE ITEMS LEFT OUTDOORS WILL BECOME PROJECTILES...CAUSING 
ADDITIONAL DAMAGE. PERSONS STRUCK BY WINDBORNE DEBRIS RISK INJURY 
AND POSSIBLE DEATH. NUMEROUS LARGE BRANCHES OF HEALTHY TREES WILL 
SNAP. SOME TREES WILL BE UPROOTED...ESPECIALLY WHERE THE GROUND 
IS SATURATED. MANY AREAS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGES 
WITH SOME DOWNED POWER POLES. 
GUSTS WILL BE STRONGEST OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN...THROUGH 
PASSES...AND WHERE WINDS BLOW DOWNSLOPE. WINDS AFFECTING THE 
UPPER FLOORS OF HIGH RISE BUILDINGS WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY 
STRONGER THAN THOSE NEAR GROUND LEVEL. 
 
...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE... 
SURF WILL STEADILY INCREASE ALONG THE BIG ISLAND WINDWARD COAST 
TONIGHT...AND REACH HAZARDOUS LEVELS AS THE STORM APPROACHES. 
SURF HEIGHTS WILL REACH 15 TO 25 FEET ON THURSDAY AND THURSDAY 
NIGHT. THE ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDE FOR HILO BAY IS 120 PM AT 2.8 
FEET ON THURSDAY AND 203 PM AT 3.0 FEET ON FRIDAY. THE HIGH SURF 
AND HIGH TIDE COMBINATION WILL BRING COASTAL FLOODING ALONG LOW 
LYING AREAS. STORM SURGE IS EXPECTED TO REACH 1 TO 3 FEET DURING 
THE STORM PASSAGE...ADDING TO THE THREAT OF COASTAL FLOODING AND 
PROPERTY DAMAGE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT. 
 
...INLAND FLOODING... 
 
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE AREA. HEAVY 
RAINFALL OF AROUND 5 TO 8 INCHES IS EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED 
RAINFALL TOTALS OF 12 INCHES. THESE HEAVY RAINS COULD LEAD TO 
LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS.

Civil Defense Update for Hurricane Iselle

This is a civil defense message.

This is a Hurricane Warning information update for Wednesday August 6th at 12:00 Noon.

Hurriane Iselle

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning for  the Island of Hawaii remains in effect.  A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions can be expected within the next 36 hours.  The hurricane conditions will include high surf and surge along all coastal areas, heavy rains and possible thunder showers that may present with flood conditions, and sustained storm force winds of over 75 mph and higher gusts.  Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions and to prepare for hazardous conditions.  Boat owners are advised to check moorings and to secure all vessels.  All preparation activities should be completed before tonight.  Hurricane Iselle continues to be monitored and is currently located approximately 625 miles east southeast of Hilo and moving west northwest at 16 miles per hour.  Although hurricane Iselle had previously shown signs of weakening current assessment show the system is maintaining hurricane force conditions.  Hurricane Iselle will continue to be monitored and additional updates will be broadcasted as information is made available.  All schools are open today however the following schools will be closing at 2:00 PM today and the after school programs and activities at these schools will be suspended:

  • Laupahoehoe School
  • Kohala HS & Elem.
  • Kealakehe HS
  • Konawaena HS
  • Hilo HS
  • Waiakea HS
  • Keaau HS
  • Pahoa HS & Int
  • Honokaa HS & Int
  • Kau HS
  • Waikoloa Elem

The department of Education reports that all Hawaii Island Schools will be closed tomorrow Thursday August 7th.

In addition, all beach parks will be closed effective tonight and remain closed until conditions improve and it is safe to reopen.

Updated information for the Big Island, Maui county and the surrounding coastal waters.

Situation overview

Iselle is expected to bring heavy rains, high surf and damaging winds. Hurricane conditions are expected on the Big Island of Hawaii on Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread to Maui county Thursday night and possibly to Oahu on Friday. Swells generated by Iselle are expected to reach the main Hawaiian islands today, possibly becoming damaging along some coastlines starting late tonight or Thursday. High surf is expected to reach the islands ahead of the heavy rains and strong winds. The high surf may bring coastal flooding, particularly when combined with afternoon astronomical high tides.

While there is still some uncertainty in the exact track and strength of Iselle, the Big Island and Maui are expected to be impacted first. The rest of the state remains at Risk to experience the impacts of Iselle.

Hawaii Island and Maui County State Courthouses Closing Due to Projected Hurricane Iselle

State Courthouses and Judiciary Offices on Hawaii Island and Maui County will be closed beginning at noon on Thursday, August 7 through Friday, August 8, due to severe weather conditions being projected by the National Weather Service.

The closures include the Children’s Justice Centers, Offices of the Public Guardian, and Driver’s Education Offices on Hawaii Island and Maui County.  In addition, Drivers Education classes scheduled on Maui County for August 7 will be cancelled and rescheduled. Family Court hearings scheduled at the Molokai Courthouse on Thursday, August 7 and Friday, August 8 will be rescheduled to Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29.

The Chief Justice issued the order attached extending deadlines for any Hawaii Island or Maui County Court matters with a filing or hearing date of Thursday, August 7 or Friday, August 8.  All documents due during the Court closure will be considered timely if filed by the close of business on Monday, August 11.  Hearings or trials cancelled due to the closure of the Courts shall be rescheduled to the next available date with due regard for any statutory mandates.

Big Island and Maui County Courthouses are expected to reopen on Monday morning for business.

At this time, Courthouses and Judiciary Offices on Oahu and Kauai County will be open for business as usual.  We will provide updates if there are any changes or additional closures.