Even though Oahu's emergency shelters didn't open until Thursday evening, about two dozen people turned up at McKinley High School hours ahead of opening time.
Red Cross volunteers arrived to find mostly homeless families who wanted shelter from the elements.
Some people said they took the bus from Keehi Lagoon, live in tents in Kaka'ako or in the streets in Pawa'a. They were told by outreach workers that the school was available as a shelter for anyone who needed help.
"I worry because I am scared if this storm is coming. I am worried about my granddaughter to have problems with the storm," said Kionesa Kanisa who is homeless.
"We figured this would be the best spot for us because it's convenient because we were near by," said Christopher Ferreira, a homeless man.
Some families brought their pets and were anxious to get indoors.
The City and County of Honolulu opened up ten shelters, with designated ones being pet friendly.
Officials have been encouraging people to take the city bus to the shelters. Some followed the tips, but others say the traveled in their own cars after getting off work.