HONOLULU (KITV) - Commercial ports in Hawaii and Kauai Counties have been opened as of 9 a.m. Wednesday as Tropical Olivia progresses.

Maui and Honolulu County ports are waiting to re-open until damage has been assessed and the storm has passed. 

"One of the Coast Guard's top priorities is the safety of life," said Capt. Michael Long, Coast Guard Captain of the Port Honolulu. "Opening the ports to receive critical supplies is not only vital to commerce, it saves lives. We appreciate the strong support from our port partners and the patience of the public as we safeguard these vital lifelines.”

Coast Guard crews, DOT Harbors and industry partners surveyed channels and assessed ports for damage and evaluated port facilities to ensure vessel can transit, unload cargo and return to sea safely.

Incoming ships have been prioritized by the Coast Guard ensuring the most critical items can reach Hawaii residents first.

“We have been fortunate with regard to Olivia’a impacts thus far," Long said. “We will assess Honolulu and Maui Counties once the storm has passed and it is safe to do so. These assessments will happen as quickly and safely as possible. We do not want keep ports closed any longer than necessary.”

Changes to Honolulu and Maui County ports will be be updated as information is received.