Maui County faces heavy storm cleanup after Olivia


Maui County was recovering from Olivia Thursday morning after being hit with power outages, road closures, and evacuations.

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa tells KHON2 that the focus is now on cleaning up the damage from Olivia after the storm swept through the area Wednesday.

But for the most part, Maui County will be back to normal as county services reopen.

“We’re going to have to be do a lot of clean up,” Arakawa said. “There are some houses that were damaged severely. There’s a lot of flooding damage that will have to be cleaned up.”

All Hawaii Department of Education schools and offices will be open Thursday with the exception of Kilohana Elementary on Molokai, which is out of power.

The mayor praised the state and federal government for all the help they received leading up to and during the storm.

“We’ll be open for business and it’s really thank to the governor and a lot of the federal agencies that assisted us,” Arakawa said.

County and state officials, including county managing director Keith Regan, flew over the area Thursday to assess the damage.

Regan said they could see the water and even wind damage, but things looked much better than just 24 hours prior.

“The river is still running and in terms of the comparison yesterday to today. There’s a significant difference, a drop in terms of volume of water,” he said. “Obviously you could see some of the scouring from the water that had run heavily through that valley.”

In West Maui, Honokohau Stream overflowed, flooding out the neighborhood, picking up cars and even some homes along the way.

In another area of West Maui, Lower Honoapiilani Road is closed until further notice between Hui Road E and Puamana Place in Honokowai near Napili.

The Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) strongly urges all residents, businesses, and property owners to report all storm-related damage to Maui County. This information will ensure that the county has a complete picture of the scope of damaged caused by the storm and factors related to the storm.

Click here to report the damage, or call 270-7285 to talk to MEMA staff.

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