Storm shelter, closure information

Mayor Caldwell releases list of 10 Oahu shelters that will open

 UPDATED 3:05 PM HST Jul 29, 2013
Campers voluntarily leave Keaukaha Beach ahead of storm
HONOLULU -

State officials say there are a number of closures on the Big Island before Flossie makes landfall.

BIG ISLAND:

Nine shelters on the Big Island are set to open at 4 a.m. Monday, according to the American Red Cross.  They are as follows: Pahoa Community Center, Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mt. View School, Pahala Community Center, and the West Hawaii Civic Center.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed the Waimanu Trail and Campground, Pololu Trail and the Ainapo Trail and Cabin.  Strong winds and heavy rains are expected in the area.  This closure is in effect until the storm passes.

The following state parks are closed: Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area (including Hapuna and Waialea sections), Kiholo State Park Reserve, Kekaha Kai State Park (including Manini owali [Kua Bay] and Mahaiula sections), Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park and Lapakahi State Historical Park.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi told non-essential county workers to stay home on Monday.

The Hele-On bus system on the Big Island is also scheduled to suspend its operations early Monday as a precaution.

State courthouses on the Big Island will be closed on Monday due to the storm.

MAUI:

Nine shelters in Maui County will be open at 9 a.m. Monday.  The War Memorial Gymnasium, the Lahaina Civic Center and Kamalii Elementary School are pet-friendly shelters.  The rest of the shelters are as follows:  Hannibal Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center, Kamalii Elementary School, Hana High School, Lanai High School, Molokai High School, and the Kilohana Community Center.

People must bring their own evacuation kits to the shelters as there will be no services provided.  Shelters are meant to provide individuals and families a safe place to evacuate if directed to do so by officials or if your home is vulnerable to high winds or flooding.  Do not use the shelters if you have other options.

In Maui County, non-essential county workers are asked to stay home.

Maui County officials are asking that residents conserve water Monday.  Water should be used for health and sanitation purposes only as a precaution in case water and/or wastewater systems fail.  All other uses should be delayed until after the storm passes.

Maui park rangers were telling people on Sunday that beach parks were closing and will be closed on Monday.

The Maui Bus system will operate on its regular schedule on Monday.  However,  riders should be aware that there could be changes to routes depending upon the severity of the storm. The Maui Bus system could come to a complete halt if weather conditions cause the roads to become unsafe. If this happens a notice will be sent out by alerting the media as well as posting it on the county website, www.mauicounty.gov.

The Kula Forest Reserve and the Makawao Forest Reserve are closed Monday.  State parks closed on Maui include Iao Valley Monument Park, Waianapanapa State Park, Makena State Park and Polipoli State Park.

OAHU:

Honolulu Mayor Kirk released a list of 10 shelters on Oahu that will open at 3 p.m. Monday.  They are as follows: Waianae District Park, Wahiawa District Park, Ewa Mahiko District Park, Kailua District Park, Kilauea District Park, Koko Head District Park, Waimanalo District Park, Waialua District Park, BYU Hawaii, and Kalakaua District Park.  All of these shelters are pet-friendly.

Pet owners must provide a solid sided pet carrier or cage for each pet, food, water and sanitation supplies. In addition, owners will be expected to assist in the care of their pets.

You must bring all of your supplies with you including food, water, other emergency needs as well as bedding or a cot to sleep on. For the safety and security of evacuees Red Cross shelters do not allow smoking, guns, drugs, alcohol or other hazardous items.

Those on medication should bring a 7-10 day supply of medication. Diabetics should bring their medication and glucometers. Those with respiratory issues should bring inhalers and nebulizers. As with all other evacuees, those on special diets should bring their own food.

Non-emergency city workers will be able to go home at 3 p.m. Monday.

The Board of Water Supply is asking all residents to conserve water beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday due to the anticipated arrival of Tropical Storm Flossie. The Board of Water Supply needs to fill its reservoirs and therefore needs residents to keep water use to an absolute minimum.

Residents are asked to use water from the tap for essential uses only -- drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes -- and to postpone water use for other needs until further notice.

KAUAI:

The Kalalau Trial in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is closed Monday.

SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Connections Charter School in Hilo, Kihei Charter School on Maui and the All God's Children Preschool in Ho'olehua on Molokai will be closed on Monday. They plan to reopen on Tuesday, depending on weather conditions.

The University of Hawaii Maui College and all Outreach Centers will be closed on Monday, due to the storm.  Essential personnel may be notified by supervisors if they should report to work.

Hawaii Community College will also be closed on Monday.

Both Hawaii Pacific University campuses will be closing at 2 p.m. Monday ahead of the storm.

Chaminade University announced its campus closure starting at 2 p.m. Monday.

The Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross has put local volunteers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island on standby.  They are positioning supplies to areas prone to flooding.

FLIGHTS:

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is asking visitors to contact to their airlines and hotels to confirm travel plans.  The state Department of Transportation says it plans to keep all Hawaii airports open.  Decisions to cancel flights will be up to the individual carriers.  Hawaiian Airlines says it is planning normal operations.  Click here to find out more about Hawaiian Airlines flights.

The DOT says Alaska Airlines has cancelled flights to and from Hawaii on Monday and American Airlines has cancelled three flights.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the port of Kahului at midnight Sunday.   The ports of Hilo and Kawaihae were reopened at 1 p.m. Monday.

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