Closures and cancellations related to Tropical Storm Darby

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Editor’s Note: As the storm has passed, this post will no longer be updated. Most ongoing closures were reported on Oahu, and those updates appear in a separate post here.Traffic, road, service closuresMaui County

Piilani Highway near mile marker 37 and mile marker 29 is closed due to flooding near Nuanualoa and Nuu Bay respectively.

Due to the many road closures along Hana Highway by fallen trees and landslides over the last week, Maui police are recommending that motorists stay off the road until the storm is over.

Ferry service operations to Molokai and Lanai are suspended.

Molokai Landfill is closed.Hawaii County

Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 reopened at midnight.

The Hele-On Bus will resume its regularly scheduled service on Sunday morning beginning with 3:15 a.m. Hilo to Waikoloa bus.

Solid waste transfer stations and landfills will be open as normally scheduled.

Park and forest closures

Maui County

The Summit and Kipahulu Districts of Haleakala National Park reopened to visitors at noon Sunday.

In Kipahulu, the pools of `Ohe`o will remain CLOSED due to extremely high water, flash floods, and rock falls.

Visitors are now able to use the Hosmer Grove and Kipahulu campgrounds, check in for back country campgrounds and cabins, use other visitor facilities, including visitor centers and restrooms.

Visitors will be able to hike all trails (unless signs are posted closing an area due to downed trees or other hazards). Please stay out of closed areas.

The park will be open for sunrise on Monday, July 25. Visitors are advised to be prepared for inclement weather.

Division of Forestry and Wildlife closed Friday all of its managed lands, including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, game management areas; this closure also affects Polipoli State Park (persons with camping permits are being notified).

State parks were closed on Saturday and remain closed until conditions warrant reopening.

The Department of Parks and Recreation reopened all county park facilities Sunday, however Kepaniwai Park remains closed due to the weather.Oahu

State forest areas and trails were closed effective Saturday as Darby approaches. No word when they will reopen, but the DLNR says an assessment will be done to make that decision after the storm passes.

Due to storm staffing the gates to Makua beach will remain closed for the weekend. Organizers of a 5K run at Sand Island State Recreation Area scheduled for Sunday will be notified if the park will be closed.

As for City and County camping, “we have learned from the campers that they want to be there because they can go there from 12 noon on Friday, so most of them are already there, and they have said they would prefer to be there then be told to leave so we understand if it becomes a dangerous situation, we will get messages out like we did last time,” said Jeanne Ishikawa, Department of Parks and Recreation deputy director.Kauai

State forest areas and trails will remain open on Friday, and on Saturday also, unless weather conditions warrant closing.

The Kalalau Trail is closed until further notice. Flyovers were conducted Saturday over Polihale and the Na Pali State Park to warn campers and hikers of the impending storm.Hawaii Island

Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) closed Friday 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 are cancelled until further notice.

All Hawaii Island east-side state parks are back open. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area will be reopened. State parks staff are still checking other Kona parks, also MacKenzie State Recreation Area and Manuka State Wayside Park.

Division of State Parks closed its park campgrounds, pavilions and cabins. Those with reservations continuing on Monday, should check with the Hawaii parks office on Monday morning.

County parks and recreational facilities, including the Panaewa Zoo and Hilo Municipal Golf Course, will reopen Sunday. Lava viewing will resume Monday.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will assess roadways, campgrounds and other closures first thing Sunday morning, and anticipates opening by 1 p.m., if not sooner.

  • Kūlanaokuaiki Campground & Nāmakanipaio Cabins and Campgrounds
  • Hilina Pali Road
  • Chain of Craters Road at the Crater Rim Drive intersection
  • Lava viewing area and Coastal Ranger Station
  • Entire backcountry, including all coastal sites, Nāpau and Mauna Loa
  • Mauna Loa Road after Kīpukapuaulu
  • Kahuku

Visitors can check the park website here for the latest information on openings or call (808) 985-6000.

Kaloko-Honokōhau and Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Parks closed at normal times Friday night. The parks were closed Saturday, July 23.

Flight changes

We contacted the Hawaii Department of Transportation about airports to find out if flights will be canceled this weekend, and were told it’s up to the airlines to make that call.

Two flights out of Maui were canceled Sunday morning, on Ohana by Hawaiian Airlines and Mokulele Airlines.Hawaiian Airlines

Effective immediately, guests holding tickets for travel to/from/via any point in Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines flights between July 22 through July 25, 2016, will be permitted a one-time reservation change with waiver of change fee provided that:

  • Ticket was issued on/before July 22, 2016
  • Affected flight(s) is/are originally scheduled for travel between July 22, 2106 and July 25, 2016
  • Change must be ticketed for new flights on/before July 28, 2016
  • Agent assist fees for changes to travel agency tickets will be waived

In addition, for changes made to new flights any resulting difference in fare(s) will be waived provided that change is made to same compartment (i.e. Coach to Coach or First/Business Class to First/Business Class) and there is no change in origin and destination.

Normal refund rules will apply. There will be no waiver of any applicable cancellation fees for refundable tickets and no refunds permitted on non-refundable tickets related to this event.

All changes must be made by calling our Reservations Department at 1-800-367-5320.Island Air

Island Air will waive reservation change fees and differences in fares for customers needing to change their travel plans due to Tropical Storm Darby.

Effective immediately, customers ticketed for travel on Island Air now through July 25, 2016 will be permitted to change their reservations without charge to ticketed flights through August 1, 2016. Changes must be made prior to the original departure date and ticketed on or before July 25, 2016.

Changes must be made by Island Air personnel through the reservations department, or at the airport. Normal refund rules will apply.

Customers needing assistance should call Island Air’s reservations desk at 1-800-388-1105 or 808-840-2444.

Passengers with reservations are advised to check Island Air’s website or call the reservations desk to check on the status of scheduled flights prior to arriving at the airport.

Port and harbor closures

Coast Guard Captain of the Port opened all commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands and cargo operations resumed Monday.

The following ports were previously closed:

  • Hawaii County – Hilo Harbor, Kawaihae Harbor
  • Maui County – Kahului; Kaumalapau, Lanai; Kaunakakai, Molokai
  • Oahu County – Kalaeloa, Barbers Point, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor

All cargo operations in these ports are secured. Vessels transiting within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Island harbors should seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside and the COTP has deemed the ports safe to reopen.

All ocean going commercial vessels and ocean going barges greater than 300 gross tons are expected to make preparations to leave the ports by the following times:

  • Kauai County – Port Allen, Nawiliwili Harbor at 12 p.m., July 24

Once the storm has passed and the threat of severe weather has subsided, the Coast Guard, Army Corp of Engineers and State of Hawaii will jointly conduct surveys of channel blockage and prioritize steps to resume essential, then normal, vessel traffic. These steps are to minimize risk of damage to vessels and assess the conditions of channels, aids to navigation, waterfront facilities, piers and other infrastructure.

The COTP, in conjunction with the state DOT-Harbors in Hawaii, will begin sending Port Assessment Teams to accessible areas of the zone as soon as it is safe to do so over the weekend.

“I am committed to reopening each port as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Capt. Mike Long, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. “Following the storm, the conditions of the ports will be evaluated and changed dependent on the port assessment.”

The Coast Guard will continue to broadcast Notice to Mariners and post Marine Safety Information Bulletins on homeport.uscg.mil/Honolulu to notify the reopening of ports and any special conditions.

Event cancellations, facility closures

Maui

Both Kamehameha Schools Hawaii and Maui campuses are closed this weekend in anticipation of the storm. All athletics activities this weekend are canceled or postponed.

All Hawaii State Public Library System facilities in Hawaii and Maui counties will be closed on Saturday, July 23.

Queen Kaahumanu Center has postponed events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24.

Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association’s Championship Regatta scheduled for July 23 at Kahului Harbor has been canceled.

All Bank of Hawaii branches on Maui, Lanai and Molokai will be closed Saturday, July. 23. Bank of Hawaii has 12 branches in Maui County: 10 branches on Maui, one branch on Lanai and one branch on Molokai. Call Center operations, based in Kapolei, Oahu, remain open to assist customers. Online and mobile banking and ATM services will continue to operate unless power interruptions are experienced.

Oahu

Hanauma Bay will be closed on Sunday, July 24.

The 36th Annual Tinman Triathon scheduled for Sunday, July 24, has been rescheduled for next week.

Kaimuki Carnival is canceled on Saturday and Sunday, but will resume next weekend.Hawaii Island

Lava viewing in Kalapana will be closed from Friday to Sunday and resumes Monday.

Hawaiian Telcom is postponing scheduled work near the intersection of Mamalahoa Highway and Napoopoo Road in Kona. Weather-permitting, work will begin next weekend, July 30 and 31 and continue the weekends of Aug. 6 and 7, and Aug. 13 and 14. The cable relocation work will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both Kamehameha Schools Hawaii and Maui campuses are closed this weekend in anticipation of the storm. All athletics activities this weekend are canceled or postponed.

All Hawaii State Public Library System facilities in Hawaii and Maui counties will be closed on Saturday, July 23.

Friday and Saturday performances of Hilo Community Player’s 39th Shakespeare in the Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in Kalakaua Park have been canceled. If the storm passes by noon Sunday, the Sunday matinee will go on as scheduled. Performances for next week Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. will take place in the park.

All Bank of Hawaii branch operations on Hawaii Island will be closed Saturday, July. 23. Bank of Hawaii has 11 branches (four in West Hawaii; seven in East Hawaii). Call Center operations, based in Kapolei, Oahu, remain open to assist customers. Online and mobile banking and ATM services will continue to operate unless power interruptions are experienced.

First Hawaiian Bank will close its Kamuela Branch on Saturday, July 23, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Darby. Hilo and Kona branches will remain open from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. Customers with Internet may also access their accounts via FHB Online.

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s Great Performances concert at Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Davies Chapel is canceled. Organizers are looking to reschedule.

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