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Shelters open; Parks, events closing as Darby approaches

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / AUG. 7, 2014 Hilo High School served as an evacuation center for residents to take shelter during Tropical Storm Iselle in 2014.

Hawaii and Maui counties are opening emergency shelters and several parks and events are closed, canceled or postponed as Tropical Storm Darby threatens the state.

Below is a list of shelters and closures.

Storm shelters:

Hawaii island:

Waiakea High*

Kalanianaole Elementary*

Keaau High*

Pahoa High*

Honokaa High and Intermediate*

Kalakehe High*

Konawaena High*

Kau High*

Hilo High

Laupahoehoe Community Charter School

Mountain View Elementary

Waikoloa

Kohala High and Elementary

*Pet friendly

Bring water, food, water, medicines and personal items you may need.

Maui County:

Hana High

Eddie Tam Memorial Center

Lokelani Intermediate

Maui High

Lahainaluna High

Lanai High

Molokai High

Park closures:

Hawaii island:

All camping and pavilion reservations at county and state parks have been canceled through Sunday.

The county lava viewing area and swimming pools are closed.

All county and state park facilities are closed Saturday until further notice.

All backcountry areas in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are closed at 5 p.m. today.

The closures at the national park include the Kulanaokuaiki Campground and the Namakanipaio Cabins and Campgrounds, Hilina Pali Road, Chain of Craters Road at the Crater Rim Drive intersection; Lava viewing areas and Coastal Ranger Station, Mauna Loa Road after Kipukapuaulu and Kahuku.

The state Division of Forestry and Wildlife today closed 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 and Saturday’s planned cattle hunt is cancelled. Anyone with reservations on Monday, should check with the Hawaii parks office on Monday morning.

Maui County:

Haleakala National Park is closed until further notice.

The Hosmer Grove Campground in the summit district and Kipahulu Campground in the Kipahulu district are closed.

All county outdoor parks are closed Saturday until furhter notice. This includes campsites, pools, fields, beach parks, pavilions, stadiums and the golf course.

Department of Parks & Recreation programs, community classes and other activites held in outdoor parks are also canceled. Gyms will be open for the time being.

The state Division of Forestry and Wildlife today closed all of its managed lands, including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, game management areas. The closures also affects Polipoli State Park.

The Division of State Parks said parks will remain open Friday, but be closed on Saturday until further notice.

Other closures, cancellations or postponements:

Bank of Hawaii is closing all branch operations on Hawaii island and Maui County on Saturday. Call center perations and online, mobile and ATM banking services remain open unless powere is lost.

Hele-On Bus service on Hawaii island is suspended Saturday until further notice.

Solid Waste Transfer Stations and landfills on Hawaii island will also be closed Saturday.

All Hawaii State Public Library System facilities on Hawaii island and Maui County will be closed on Saturday.

Umauma Bridge on Highway 11 on Hawaii island will be closed starting at midnight with a detour through Old Mamalahoa Highway.

The Kaimuki Carnival will run as scheduled tonight (Friday), from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., but will not be open on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday July 24 because of Tropical Storm Darby. The carnival will instead add an additional weekend on July 29, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; July 30, from noon to 11 p.m.; and July 31, from noon to 6 p.m.

Kamehameha Schools Hawaii island and Maui campuses are closed this weekend; All athletics activities this weekend are cancelled or postponed.

Sunday’s Tin Man Triathlon on Oahu was rescheduled for Sunday, July 31.

The OHCRA Championships at Keehi Lagoon have been postponed. Organizers are trying to reschedule for next Sunday, July 31, at Keehi Lagoon, pending a permit.

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