Hawaii tourists in Taipei preparing for typhoonUPDATED 10:52 PM HST Jul 11, 2013Video Transcript
right now as a typhoon closes in. Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies. The governor was one of many from the islands in Taipei this week for Hawaiian Airlines inaugural flights there. Because of the storm, Abercrombie left early... but several from Hawaii are still in the path of the strong typhoon. Chief meteorologist Justin Fujioka has our top story. It was a mostly sunny day in Taipei... with just a little on-and-off rain. But... Catherine Toth: "IT'S A LITTLE BIT COOLER THAN NORMAL, WHICH PEOPLE HERE ARE SAYING THAT'S WHAT USUALLY HAPPENS BEFORE A STORM OR A BIG TYPHOON." Catherine Toth was one of dozens from the islands on Hawaiian Airlines' inaugural flight to Taiwan on Tuesday. But for her and many others, the impending weather has turned celebration into apprehension. Catherine Toth: "WE'RE FREAKING OUT." Toth says several Hawaii residents are staying at the W Hotel, and the staff has been telling guests that everything will be okay as long as they stay at the hotel. Catherine Toth: "IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE PEOPLE HERE IN TAIWAN DON'T SEEM THAT WORRIED ABOUT IT." Christina Chuckas: "I THINK WHY I'M NOT FRIGHTENED RIGHT NOW IS BECAUSE THE LOCAL PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY REALLY CALM." Christina Chuckas is also staying at the W. Christina Chuckas: "THEY REASSURED US THAT THE BUILDING IS HURRICANE PROOF. SO IT'S GOT MILITARY- GRADE GLASS. GLASS PRETTY MUCH COVERS THE WHOLE OUTER OF THE BUILDING. SO THAT MAKES ME FEEL PRETTY SAFE." Taiwan's last typhoon that was this strong was Saola, about a year ago. It caused widespread flooding, killed at least six people and shut down much of the island for days. This time around, Toth says the government told people to go home from work early and that a lot of places are now shut down. As far as Chuckas, she wants her family in Hawaii to know... Christina Chuckas: "I GOT HERE SAFE AND SOUND THIS MORNING AND TO NOT WORRY TOO MUCH BECAUSE OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE ARE WELL PREPARED FOR TYPHOONS AND WEATHER SUCH AS THIS AND I THINK THAT WE WILL BE OKAY." Hawaiian Flight 808, which was scheduled to leave Taipei in about five hours has been delayed at least 12 hours. It's earliest arrival in Honolulu will be 1:15 A-M Saturday. Live in the newsroom, Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News.