Storm Update: All Public Schools Closed on Friday

Precautions are being taken in advance of storms that are expected to impact the Islands over the next few days.


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August 7, 2014
9:39 a.m.

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Storm forces closure of all public schools, offices on Friday

Public schools and offices will be closed August 8, 2014 due to severe weather associated with Hurricane Iselle. Employees also will not report to work so they may prepare for the storm.

All Department of Education office and public charter schools will also close, the department announced.

The DOE announced earlier that all public schools on Hawaii island and in Maui County are closed Thursday and Friday.

Many private schools have not yet started their academic year. Some independent schools announced that they would be closed Friday, including Kamehameha Schools, St. Francis School, Hawaii Baptist Academy, Punahou School and Star of the Sea School. Mid-Pacific Institute cancelled an open house planned that day.

“We have been advising our schools to prepare for the worst and will assess any potential damage to our facilities once we receive the all-clear,” Matayoshi said. “We will continue to monitor both storms and will make another announcement regarding whether school will be in session on Monday.”

“I want to thank our principals for their leadership as well as our students’ families for their patience and cooperation during this emergency,” she added.

Public school campuses that are designated as emergency shelters are preparing for that role, Matayoshi said.

County Civil Defense agencies have activated the following public school campuses as emergency shelters:

>>Hawaii County:

Laupahoehoe Public Charter School

Kohala High & Elementary

Kealakehe High

Konawaena High

Hilo High

Waiakea High

Keaau High

Pahoa High & Intermediate

Honokaa High & Intermediate

Kau High

Waikoloa Elementary

>>Maui County:

Baldwin High

Lokelani Intermediate

Kekaulike High

Hana High & Elementary

Molokai High

Kilohana Elementary

Lanai High & Elementary


Campbell High

Kaimuki High

Kaiser High

McKinley High

Castle High

Mililani High

Pearl City High

Waialua High & Intermediate

Nanakuli High & Middle

>>Kauai: To be determined by Kauai Civil Defense

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Oahu shelters will open at 10 p.m. Thursday

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 12:09 p.m. HST, Aug 06, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 12:31 p.m. HST, Aug 06, 2014

The Department of Emergency Management has announced the list of American Red Cross hurricane shelters that will be available for Oahu residents on Thursday at 10 p.m:

>>Campbell High School, 91-980 North Rd Ewa Beach

>>Kaimuki High School, 2705 Kaimuki Avenue

>>Kaiser High School, 511 Lunalilo Home Road

>>McKinley High School, 1039 South King St

>>Castle High School, 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr

>>Mililani High School, 95-1200 Meheula Parkway

>>Pearl City High School, 2100 Hookiekie Street, Pearl City

>>Waialua High School/Intermediate, 67-160 Farrington Highway

>> Nanakuli High School/Middle, 89-980 Nanakuli Avenue

>> BYU-Hawaii, 55-220 Kulanui Street, Laie

The shelters designated by the City and County of Honolulu should be a “refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go,” officials said in a news release.

Those who should evacuate include “Residents in the coastal evacuation zones as shown in the yellow tabbed disaster preparedness section of your telephone directory.Residents living in older homes built before 1995, on exposed ridgelines and anyone living in an area prone to or with a history of flooding,” the city said.

Evacuees should bring disaster supplies with them to the shelter.

Residents bringing pets to designated pet friendly shelters will need to provide extra food and water for their pet, a pet carrier/cage for each pet that is large enough for them to turn around in as well as cleaning supplies.

“If you live in a home built after 1995 to current hurricane standards and you are not located in a coastal evacuation or flood zone you should consider Sheltering-in-Place in an interior room on a lower floor without windows,” the city said.

Special evacuation shuttles will begin operating at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night to serve the designated shelter locations. TheBus will also provide free transportation to shelters.Special buses will display an EVACUATION sign. Riders need only flag a bus down anywhere along the route they are traveling and they will be taken to the nearest evacuation shelter. Riders will be allowed to bring one bag and pets as long as they are on a leash or in a pet crate or carrier.

Precautions are being taken in advance of storms that are expected to impact the Islands over the next few days.

Hawaii Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Suggestions HERE>>>

Read Hawaii Department of Education Announcement HERE>>>


Schools on Hawaii island, Maui County closed Thursday

All public schools on Hawaii island and in Maui County will be closed Thursday as Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio approach the islands, the Department of Education announced Tuesday.

“The force of these storms remain uncertain, however, we do not want to wait until last minute to close our schools,” DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said in a statement. “Additionally, many of our schools are designated emergency shelters and it is necessary to prepare these facilities as the storms approach.”

The closure will affect some 44,000 students on those islands.

The two storms are expected to bring heavy rain, high surf and strong winds beginning Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for Hawaii island and a flash flood watch for the entire state.

The DOE said a dozen Hawaii island public schools, which are designated emergency shelters, will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, meaning all afterschool activities for students and staff will be canceled for that day.

Only Hawaii island and Maui County public schools that are designated emergency shelters will remain closed Friday.

On Hawaii island, the designated schools are:

> Laupahoehoe

> Kohala High & Elementary

> Kealakehe High (pet friendly)

> Konawaena High (pet friendly)

> Hilo High (pet friendly)

> Waiakea High (pet friendly)

> Keaau High (pet friendly)

> Pahoa High & Intermediate (pet friendly)

> Honokaa High & Intermediate (pet friendly)

> Kau High (pet friendly)

> Waikoloa Elementary

The Maui County designated shelters are:

> Baldwin High

> Lokelani Intermediate

> Kekaulike High

> Hana High & Elementary

> Molokai High

> Kilohana Elementary