Hurricane Madeline 11:00 PM Update

At 1100 PM HST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Madeline was located near latitude 19.2 North, longitude 151.5 West. Madeline is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

madeline14Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Steady weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 980 mb (28.94 inches).

DLNR Announces Closures Ahead of Hurricane Madeline

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is closing state forest and park areas on the islands of Hawaii and Maui, in anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Madeline.

DLNRDLNR is asking for the public’s cooperation with this announcement of area closures as the storm approaches.  Additional closures may follow over the week, and updates will be provided to news media and on the department’s website.

People are advised to avoid forested and coastal areas due to potential for rising streams, flash flooding, falling trees or high surf as well as ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches and rocky coastal benches and lava flows. Roads and trails may become impassable with falling trees, landslides, and floods. High surf may impact coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways.  Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches.

DLNR areas closing today, Tuesday August 30:

HAWAII ISLAND –

Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will close this evening all forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, forest campgrounds and game management areas, including Keanakolu cabins, Ainapo hiking trail, Muliwai trail and Waimanu valley campground until further notice.  Camping permits for this weekend are cancelled until further notice.

Division of State Parks is closing its park campgrounds, pavilions and cabins starting tonight. All Big Island parks will remain closed tomorrow and will not re-open until conditions warrant.

The use of state park cabins and pavilions will be restricted starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31, until further notice.

Persons holding camping and cabin permits are being notified by staff, and offered a refund or an alternate date.  An email blast to Kealakekua Bay kayak permit holders was issued to inform them of the approaching storm.

Those with reservations on following days should check with the Hawaii State Parks office.

DLNR areas closing tomorrow, Wednesday August 31:

HAWAII ISLAND –

Division of State Parks will close all Big Island park campgrounds, pavilions, cabins along with Lava Tree State Monument, Mackenzie State Recreation Area and Manuka State Wayside on Wednesday. All other Big Island State Parks will remain open until end of the day on Wednesdayand then will not re-open until storm assessments are conducted and the conditions are determined safe enough for reopening.

Commercial tour vessels and recreational vessels that use Kealakekua Bay are advised to cancel tours and stay out of the Bay – unless vessel captains need to use the bay as a safe harbor for the vessel if they are caught at sea in the storm.

Persons holding camping and cabin permits are being notified by staff, and offered a refund or an alternate date. Those with reservations on following days should check with the Hawaii State Parks office.

MAUI COUNTY –

Division of Forestry and Wildlife will close by noon Wednesday all of its managed lands, including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, game management areas.

Division of State Parks – Polipoli State Park will be closed, but all other Maui State Parks will remain open on Wednesday, and with considerations based on storm assessment for closure on Thursday.

Other DLNR areas:

OAHU –

Forestry and Wildlife and State parks  – No closures at this time. Storm conditions will be monitored and closures will be announced as required.

KAUAI –

Division of Forestry and Wildlife — No closures at this time. Storm conditions will be monitored and closures will be announced as required.

State Parks (and Kalalau trail) – No changes at this time. Storm conditions will be monitored and closures will be announced as required.

DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) does not plan to close any state small boat harbors but is advising boaters to monitor VHF radio for Coast Guard information on port closures and other safety advisories. Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels causing challenging boat handling.  The Coast Guard reminds recreational boaters to secure boats and boating equipment. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they are less likely to break free of their moorings or be otherwise damaged. It may be advisable for smaller boats to be pulled from the water and stored in a location not prone to high winds or flooding. Regardless of location, all loose items aboard vessels need to be secured or removed.

Hurricane Madeline is an evolving storm system whose track and intensity may be affected by various weather factors. People should heed weather reports and be ready in event of emergency situations, including power or water outages and flooded or blocked roads.

DLNR also urges people to follow instructions of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HEMA) and County Civil Defense agencies to prepare for the possibility of heavy rain, flooding, strong winds, power outages, large surf and coastal surge with the arrival of Hurricane Madeline in Hawaii as early as this afternoon.

Visitors to Hawaii should heed all warnings from lifeguards and public health and safety officials. Although weather conditions may appear favorable, rip tides and high surf often impact beaches far in advance of the actual storm. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to strong storm generated waves and currents. Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches and out of the water until local officials say the water is safe. Near shore waters may become contaminated due to runoff up to several days following a storm.

Guiding Restoration of Hawaiian Fishponds

Loko i‘a, or traditional Hawaiian fishponds, are unique aquaculture systems that existed throughout ancient Hawai‘i. Although a 1990 statewide survey identified 488 loko i‘a sites, many were in degraded condition, and either completely beyond repair or unrecognizable.

fishponds2However, there is hope, as communities and stewardship groups continue to actively restore or have expressed interest in reviving the integrity and productivity of fishpond locations still in existence.

Suzanne Case, Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair says, “In 2012, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations came together to overcome difficulties in obtaining approvals from multiple agencies, to maintain and restore Hawaiian fishponds.”

fishpondsFishpond practitioners formed Hui Malama Loko I‘a to empower one another and leverage their skills, knowledge and resources, while working to feed and connect communities around the islands.  This network currently includes over 38 fishponds and complexes, with over 100 fishpond owners, workers, supporters and stakeholders.

Case adds, “Now the DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands is releasing a new guidebook on fishpond restoration in time for the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016. This guidebook marks the beginning of what we hope will be a new day in Hawaiian fishpond revitalization,” she said.

Fishponds3The newly published, high-quality, full-color “Ho‘ala Loko I‘a Permit Application Guidebook” is intended to help cultural practitioners, landowners and community groups navigate a new streamlined application process for Hawaiian fishpond revitalization.

Historically, fishponds have been subject to an extensive permitting process that requires large amounts of resources and time to secure. So in 2015 the State of Hawai‘i completed streamlining the permitting process for the repair, restoration, maintenance and operation of traditional Hawaiian fishponds in Hawai‘i.

The DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) and collaborators have developed a master permit for traditional Hawaiian fishponds that encompasses the main permits currently required. This master permitting process and program is called “Ho‘ala Loko I‘a.” The program was designed to be in compliance with as many federal and state regulations as possible to make the permitting process easier for fishpond practitioners to navigate.

Practitioners can now use a simplified conservation district use permit to apply for permits under this programmatic permit.

A programmatic environmental assessment (EA) was also completed to comply with the Hawai’i Environmental Quality Act (HEPA). The CDUP and programmatic EA were designed to cover all existing traditional fishponds in the State.

fishponds4Another helpful step was the signing of Bill 230 by Governor Ige in July 2015, which waived the need to obtain a Department of Health 401 Water Quality Certification for fishpond restoration.  This waiver is only available to projects that obtain permits through the OCCL program.  While the program vastly reduces government red tape, projects are still required to have water quality monitoring, mitigation and best management practices in place to keep Hawaii’s waters clean and reefs healthy.

The Ho‘ala Loko I‘a Permit Application Guidebook further provides clear guidance on how to meet State water quality standard.

Although this streamlined permitting program covers many of the authorizations for restoring a loko i‘a, in some cases, additional permits or authorizations may still be required, such as:

  • A right of entry agreement from DLNR land division for a state-owned pond
  • A stream channel alteration permit from the Commission on Water Resource Management)
  • A special management area county permit for work mauka of the shoreline

Applications submitted to OCCL are reviewed and subject to best management practices and monitoring standards that help to protect Hawaii’s environmental and cultural resources while supporting the need for communities and practitioners to care for
loko i‘a.

Hawaii Department of Transportation Prepares for Hurricanes

The Highways, Harbors and Airports Divisions within the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) are making preparations in advance of the severe weather forecast from Hurricanes Madeline and Lester, which are tracking toward the state. Residents and visitors should continue to monitor current conditions with the National Weather Service and media outlets.

Department of Transportation logoThe public is advised that despite precautions, ponding may still occur on the roadways if too much water falls in a short period of time, as was the case with Tropical Storm Darby on July 24, 2016 when approximately 11 inches of rain fell over Oahu within a matter of hours. The public is asked to be vigilant, monitor conditions and follow instructions from authorities. In cases of severe weather, the best option may be to stay home or indoors if possible.

HIGHWAYS:
Crews will be ready to respond as necessary should a roadway be impacted. Equipment is being staged in areas that have experienced storm damage in the past. Storm drains, particularly those in areas prone to flooding, will be checked for blockage and will be monitored to ensure they continue to function at maximum capacity. Fuel tanks are being topped off and ready for 24-hour cleanup mode.

HDOT is working with contractors on construction sites to remove the best management practices (BMP) that could obstruct the flow of water, such as drain sleeves and other filtration devices. Previously scheduled lane closures and construction projects may be altered depending on weather conditions.

As always, we strongly encourage drivers to use the many applications and resources available to check up to the minute traffic conditions. HDOT offers www.GoAkamai.org which is a website with current traffic conditions and incidents on the state freeways, 200 traffic cameras around Oahu, drive times and more. With the free MyGoAkamai feature drivers can receive customized alerts and information pertinent to their specific route, time and day they are on the road. Looking at traffic conditions in advance can help people decide which route is best or if they should adjust the time they start their trip.

There are also a variety of other free traffic related applications and services available to help people with their planning. Drivers should feel free to use whichever resource they are comfortable with. People should look up the information on their devices prior to getting behind the wheel of their car. Remember to drive safely and obey traffic laws.

HAWAII COUNTY
HDOT is preparing to close the Umauma Bridge as a precaution, as has been done in the past. The Bridge will remain open as long as possible. In the event it is closed people should expect delays in the area. Motorists should follow the signage to the alternate route on the Old Mamalahoa Highway.

MAUI COUNTY
Equipment is being staged in areas such as Hana Highway in an effort to respond to landslides and reopen roadways as quickly as possible. We are coordinating with contractors to ensure additional workers will be available if necessary.

Crews are repairing a section of Honoapiilani Highway near mile marker 13 in order to prevent further erosion damage. The repairs are in line with federal highway safety regulations.

OAHU
Crews are placing large sandbags on School Street near Liliha Street to help prevent water from flowing down to the H-1 Freeway. This is an area that experienced flooding during Tropical Storm Darby.

Crews are assessing Kamehameha Highway near Kaaawa and will work to reduce the risk of erosion damage from the high surf.

KAUAI
Crews will continue to monitor the conditions, check storm drains for blockage, top off fuel tanks, and ensure equipment is in proper working order.

HARBORS:
HDOT Harbors Division works in close coordination with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The USCG will determine condition levels and ultimately make the decision to close a port. Certain condition levels will trigger preparations for the State to ensure harbor facilities are protected and readying the port for the possibility of strong winds and high surf. This includes securing flying hazards, ensuring boats are properly tied to piers, and ensuring oily mixtures and trash are properly disposed.  This condition will also prompt certain vessels to declare their intentions of whether they intend to stay in port if conditions change.

AIRPORTS:
HDOT Airports Division has protocols in place for pre-storm arrival preparations for any major natural disaster.  Per protocol, vehicles, emergency generators, pumping stations, and equipment are topped off with fuel.  Emergency fuel is also made ready for deployments as directed.

State firefighters stationed at the airport facilities are ready to respond to situations as necessary. Plans are in place for emergency heavy duty equipment to be secured at designated locations around the facility to provide safe haven for all equipment that would be needed to work on the airfield after the storm.

HDOT Airports Division works with the airlines to ensure equipment is secured. As a reminder, HDOT does not control the aircrafts in flight. It is up to the airline and individual pilots to determine if conditions are safe enough to fly. Passengers should consult their airline for current flight information.

Hawaii Department of Health Cites the Body Shop for Glass Advanced Disposal Fee Violations; Deposit Beverage Container Program Obtains Conviction for Fraud

The Hawaii State Department of Health has issued a Notice of Violation and Order against Buth-Na-Bodhaige, Inc. dba The Body Shop for failing to submit its annual report and payment required of glass container importers. The Body Shop was delinquent for the annual reporting period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015.

Department of HealthThe State’s Glass Advanced Disposal Fee (ADF) law (Hawaii Revised Statutes Section §342G-85) requires glass container importers to submit container inventory reports and payments to the Department of Health no later than the 15th calendar day of the month following the end of the payment period. The Body Shop received an Informal Notice and Finding of Violation and Order on March 16, 2016, reminding them of reporting requirements prior to being assessed a penalty.

The Department of Health has assessed an administrative penalty against The Body Shop for the amount of $250 for failure to comply with ADF law. The Body Shop may request a hearing to contest the alleged facts and penalty. For more information on the Glass Advanced Disposal Fee Program go to http://health.hawaii.gov/shwb/sw-adf/

Maui Fraud Conviction
In other recycling news, the Department of Health’s Deposit Beverage Container (DBC) Program successfully prosecuted a Maui resident for fraud. Joel K. Liu, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of first degree theft and four counts of forgery in the second degree for taking funds earmarked for the program.

Liu submitted false invoices to be paid from the state after being awarded a state contract to start a certified redemption center. Liu was ordered to a one-year prison term and to repay the DBC Program back $132,965. Liu’s sentence is part of his five-year probation.

State Offices Closing on Big Island Tomorrow Due to Hurricane Madeline – Some Exceptions

State offices will be closed on Hawai‘i Island on Wednesday, Aug. 31 due to expected weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Madeline.  State employees on Hawai‘i Island will be granted administrative leave and should not report to work on Wednesday. Exceptions are:

  • Departmental Disaster/Emergency Coordinators
  • Disaster Response Workers
  • Employees whose work involves continuing crucial operations/services, such as hospital workers, correctional workers, etc.

Employees in the above categories are required to report to work unless department directors determine they can be excused. If employees are unsure whether they are required to report to work, they should seek clarification from their immediate supervisor or manager.

Hourly paid employees are not entitled to administrative leave.

Hurricane Checklist for Pet Owners and List of Pet Friendly Shelters #HurricaneMadeline

With the onset of a Hurricane Madeline Warning across the Island of Hawaii, the Hawaii Island Humane Society has a few tips to help keep animals safe during and after the storm:

pet evacuation

  • Bring pets inside.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and may isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet tied up during a storm.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally.
  • If you find a stray pet during the storm, please provide it shelter and then drop it off when weather conditions clear at one of three islandwide Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Keaau, Waimea and Kona.

HIHS encourages all pet owners to be safe and well prepared. If you are advised to evacuate or do not trust the stability of your home, please consider your pet’s safety.

Here is a list of Emergency Pet Friendly Shelters due to open at 5:00 p.m. today on our island. If you evacuate, take your pets!

  • WAIAKEA HIGH
  • KALANIANAOLE ELEMENTARY
  • KEAAU HIGH
  • PAHOA HIGH
  • HONOKAA HIGH &INTERMEDIATE
  • KEALAKEHE HIGH
  • KONAWAENA HIGH
  • KAU HIGH

Come prepared with these items:

  • Crate
  • Leash
  • Food
  • Water
  • Bowls
  • Towel
  • Litter and litter box
  • Identification
  • Medication (if applicable)

These shelters are for safety only and will not have the comforts of home. Pet owners need to stay with their pet and provide the necessary care.

We are also seeking volunteers to help us staff these emergency shelters. If you are willing and able to assist, please contact the shelter nearest to you for instructions. If you are a pet owner who is evacuating to these shelters and are willing to help, please see the staff member present.

After the Storm

Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home. After a disaster, animals can become aggressive or defensive – monitor their behavior.

Big Island Courthouses and Judiciary Offices Closing Due to Hurricane Madeline

Hawaii Island Courthouses and Judiciary Offices to Close Due to Projected Severe Weather Conditions

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State Courthouses and Judiciary Offices on Hawaii Island will be closed on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, due to severe weather conditions being projected by the National Weather Service.

The Chief Justice issued an order extending deadlines for any Hawaii Island court matters with a filing or hearing date of Wednesday, August 31, 2016. All documents due during the court closure will be considered timely if filed by the close of business on Thursday, September 1, 2016. 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. We will provide updates if there are any changes or additional closures.

Hurricane Madeline 5 PM Update

At 500 PM HST (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Madeline was located near latitude 19.3 North, longitude 150.3 West.

madeline12Madeline is moving toward the west near 10 mph (17 km/h). This motion is expected to continue into the evening, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest tonight through Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Madeline will pass dangerously close to Hawaii County Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts.  Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

However, Madeline is expected to be at hurricane strength when it passes near Hawaii County.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 972 mb (28.71 inches).

Vacation, Leave/Comp Time Urged for State Employees in Anticipation Obama Traffic

Gov. David Ige is urging state department directors to be liberal in granting state employees vacation, leave and compensatory time to leave work early Wednesday afternoon.

President Barack Obama's motorcade leaves his rental home, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Kailua, Hawaii, en route to the gym, during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama’s motorcade leaves his rental home, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Kailua, Hawaii, en route to the gym, during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama’s arrival in Honolulu on Aug. 31, will result in significant closures of major thoroughfares and surface streets in the later afternoon and early evening, as the president is transported to scheduled engagements related to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress.

The governor is asking directors to grant vacation, leave and compensatory time as operations permit, to relieve traffic congestion on O‘ahu’s roadways and to allow thousands of state workers to meet their family commitments.

All state offices will remain open during regular business hours.

Hawaii Governor Signs Pre-Landfall Emergency Proclamation

Gov. David Ige signed a pre-landfall emergency proclamation on Tuesday, as the state prepares for possible impacts from hurricanes Madeline and Lester. The proclamation authorizes the expenditure of state monies for quick and efficient relief of disaster-related damages, losses and suffering resulting from the storms.

Click to read the full proclamation

Click to read the full proclamation

“As always, our top priority is protecting the health, safety and overall welfare of our residents and visitors. During this time, I ask residents and visitors to closely follow emergency instructions as we prepare for the storm. I urge you to take immediate steps to protect your families, loved ones, employees and property. The state is monitoring the storms and standing by to support the counties,” said Gov. Ige.

The disaster emergency relief period begins on August 30 and continues through September 9, 2016.

For the latest information from the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) please go to:
Website: https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiEMA/timeline
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hawaii_EMA

Coast Guard Anticipates Closing Hawaii County Ports at 8 PM Tonight #HurricaneMadeline

Coast Guard Captain of the Port anticipates closing Hawaii County ports to all traffic at 8 p.m. today.

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Vessels transiting within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Island harbors should seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside and the COTP has deemed the ports safe to reopen.

Port closures:

Hawaii County — Hilo Harbor, Kawaihae Harbor – Anticipate port closing at 8 p.m., Aug. 30

All ocean going commercial vessels and ocean going barges greater than 200 gross tons are expected to make preparations to leave the ports by 8 p.m.

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 as soon as it is safe to do so over the weekend.

“I am committed to reopening each port as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Capt. Mike Long, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. “Following the storm, the conditions of the ports will be evaluated and changed dependent on the port assessment.”

The Coast Guard will continue to broadcast Notice to Mariners and post Marine Safety Information Bulletins on homeport.uscg.mil/Honolulu to notify the reopening of ports and any special conditions.

Civil Defense Update on Hurricane Madeline – County of Hawaii Shutting Down

This is a Hurricane Madeline update for Tuesday, August 30th at 4 PM.
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The Hurricane Warning that is now in effect for Hawaii County means hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.
At 2 PM today the National Weather Service reported that Hurricane Madeline was located about 350 miles east of Hilo moving west at 10 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The National Weather Service forecasts the center of Madeline to pass very close to the south of South Point on the Big Island sometime tomorrow.
High surf generated by Madeline is expected along east facing shores of the Big Island starting tonight.  Heavy rains associated with Madeline may reach Hawaii County on Wednesday with greatest amounts over windward areas. This rainfall may lead to dangerous flash floods and mudslides.  Tropical-storm-force winds and possible hurricane-force winds are expected over Hawaii County sometime tomorrow.
In preparation for Hurricane Madeline, the public is advised to be StormReady.  Find StormReady tips and sign up for notifications at hawaiicounty.gov.
To keep everyone safe as Hurricane Madeline approaches, Hawaii Island DOE public schools will be closed tomorrow and Thursday.  In addition the following charter schools closures will be in effect starting tomorrow:
  • Ka’u Learning Academy in Na’alehu
  • Kua o ka Lā New Century Public Charter School
  • Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School in Pahoa will be closed tomorrow.
  • Connections Public Charter School and Ka ‘Umeke Ka’eo Charter School in Hilo will be closed tomorrow and Thursday.
If possible and safe, shelter in place or with family and friends. Otherwise, the following emergency shelters will open today at 5:00 PM: Waiakea High, Hilo High, Laupahoehoe High, Kalanianaole Elementary, Honokaa High and Intermediate, Waimea Intermediate, Waikoloa Elementary, Kohala High and Elementary, Kealakehe High, Konawaena High, Ka’u High, Mountain View Elementary, Keaau High and Pahoa High. Shelters able to accommodate pets are listed at hawaiicounty.gov. Bring your own bedding, food, water, medicines and any personal items you may need.
All County of Hawaii facilities, offices and services will be closed tomorrow including Hele-On Bus service, solid waste transfer stations and landfills.  All State and County park facilities including lava viewing, and some camping and remote areas of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will also be closed tomorrow.
Civil Defense continues to maintain close communications with the National Weather Service. Monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates and go tohawaiicounty.gov for further information and the details of this message.

All University of Hawaii Facilities on Big Island Announces Closure in Advance of Hurricane Madeline

All University of Hawaiʻi facilities on Hawaiʻi Island will be closed for all students and non-essential personnel starting Wednesday, August 31, in advance of Hurricane Madeline.

UH Hilo Moniker

This includes UH Hilo, Hawaiʻi Community College, Hawaiʻi Community College-Palamanui, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center, Hale Pohaku – Onizuka Center for International Astronomy and food and lodging facilities, all UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) facilities, and all UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) facilities.

The Hale Kehau dining room will remain open on a weekend schedule for on-campus residents.

Please follow the National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center and local agencies and media for the latest weather news. Please sign up for UH Alert for text message updates. Notifications affecting UH campuses will be posted at the UH System Emergency Notifications.

List of Emergency Shelters Opening at 5:00 PM Tonight

Hurricane Madeline is expected to hit the Big Island in the next 36 hours.

Civil Defense Office

Hawaii County designated the following schools as activated shelters starting today at 5 p.m.:

  • Hilo High
  • Honokaa High
  • Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate
  • Kau High
  • Keaau High
  • Kealakehe High
  • Kohala High
  • Konawaena High
  • Laupahoehoe Public Charter School
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Pahoa High
  • Waiakea High
  • Waikoloa Elementary
  • Waimea Intermediate

All Big Island Public Schools Closed Wednesday and Thursday for Hurricane Madeline

With Hurricane Madeline expected to maintain its strength as it approaches the state, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will close public schools on Hawaii Island on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1. Closures are being made in anticipation of severe weather. All other schools in other counties will remain open until further notice.

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Additionally, all Hawaii Island inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled on Wednesday and Thursday.

A list of public charter school closures is posted here, http://www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov/.

Many HIDOE schools serve as emergency shelters; however, County Civil Defense agencies have determined which schools are activated shelters.

Hawaii County designated the following schools as activated shelters starting today at 5 p.m.:

  • Hilo High
  • Honokaa High
  • Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate
  • Kau High
  • Keaau High
  • Kealakehe High
  • Kohala High
  • Konawaena High
  • Laupahoehoe Public Charter School
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Pahoa High
  • Waiakea High
  • Waikoloa Elementary
  • Waimea Intermediate

Please check with State, www.scd.hawaii.gov/index.htm, or Hawaii County Civil Defense, http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense/, for more information on emergency shelters. For updated information, follow HIDOE on Twitter at @HIDOE808

Big Island Police Investigating Possible Drowning in South Kohala

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning in South Kohala.

On Monday (August 29) officers responded to a 3:40 p.m. report of an unresponsive woman in a pool at a resort on Mauna Kea Beach Drive. When police and Fire Department personnel arrived, resort staff members were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Fire Department personnel took over attempts to revive the victim but were unsuccessful.

The victim has been identified as 76-year-old Brenda Chodroff of Lafayette, California.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Announces Partial Closure as Hurricanes Approach

To ensure the safety of visitors and employees, sections of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will close starting at 5 p.m. today as hurricanes Madeline and Lester approach Hawai‘i Island.

Halema‘uma‘u is seen from Crater Rim Trail near Steam Vents on Tuesday morning, the calm before the storms.

Halema‘uma‘u is seen from Crater Rim Trail near Steam Vents on Tuesday morning, the calm before the storms.

Park closures are as follows for Tuesday, August 30 by 5 p.m.:

  • Kulanaokuaiki Campground and Hilina Pali Road
  • All backcountry sites and Mauna Loa Road from Kīpukapuaulu to the overlook

The following closures will commence on Wednesday, August 31:

  • Nāmakanipaio Campground and A-Frame Cabins will close by 9 a.m.
  • The coastal lava viewing area and Chain of Craters Road will close by 9 a.m.
  • Jaggar Museum & Kīlauea Visitor Center will close Wed., 8/31, time to be determined
  • The entrance station will close on Wed., 8/31, time to be determined

Guests staying at Kīlauea Military Camp and Volcano House may shelter in place, or be directed by employees to the nearest shelter (if necessary). In addition, the Kahuku Unit will remain closed over the weekend, but may reopen if Hurricane Lester is not a threat.

“Although we don’t intend at this time to close the entire park, visitors are advised to stay off the roads and plan to visit the park once the storms pass and damage is assessed,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Hurricane-force winds, dangerous surf, and very heavy rainfall are expected.

Closures will remain in effect until the storms have passed and conditions are safe. Additional closures may be warranted as the storm gets closer, and any damage is assessed. Updates will be posted to the park’s website www.nps.gov/havo, its official social media sites, and recorded to (808) 985-6000.

Popular visitor areas at the summit of Kīlauea will remain open at this time, including Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Kīlauea Visitor Center and the Jaggar Museum and observation deck.

Generators Being Flown to Big Island in Preparation of Hurricanes

Breaking News:

The United States Pacific Command (PACOM) the Pacific Air Force and FEMA are preparing in advance for a $200K intra-theater airlift of generators.

The intent is to move some generators to the Big Island before Hurricane Madeline hits.

1 x C-17 is available at Hickam.

More to follow as it becomes available….

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Hurricane Madeline Update for Tuesday, August 30th at 12:30 PM

This is a Hurricane Madeline update for Tuesday, August 30th at 12:30 PM.

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A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Hawaii County.  A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 36 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be completed by nightfall today.

As of 11 AM today the National Weather Service reports Hurricane Madeline is located about 370 miles east of Hilo.  Madeline is a category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour with higher gusts.  Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Madeline is moving west at 10 miles per hour.  This motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest tonight through early Thursday. On this forecast track, the center of Madeline will pass very close to South Point of the Big Island.

The following hazards are anticipated:

Hurricane force winds are expected over Hawaii County sometime Wednesday into early Thursday.

Ocean swells generated by Madeline are expected to build from east to west across the Hawaiian Islands today and tonight, possibly becoming damaging along east facing shores of the Big Island.

Heavy rains associated with Madeline may reach Hawaii County on Wednesday with greatest amounts over windward areas. This rainfall may lead to dangerous flash floods and mudslides.

In preparation for Hurricane Madeline, the public is advised to be StormReady.

Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit.  Include a flashlight with fresh batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and any medication or supplies specific to you or your family members.

Plan how to communicate with family members.  Create an evacuation plan for your household.  Bring in or secure outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away.  Keep your vehicle fueled and cell phone charged.

To help preserve water availability through the storm, the Department of Water Supply asks customers to minimize non-essential use of water, such as irrigation.

Find more StormReady tips and sign up for notifications at hawaiicounty.gov.

Civil Defense will maintain close communications with the National Weather Service.  Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for up-to-date information.

Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.