All Big Island and Maui County public schools to remain closed Thursday, Friday

All Big Island and Maui County public schools to remain closed Thursday, Friday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will close public schools through Friday, Aug. 8 on Hawaii Island and Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai). Closures at these schools went into effect at 2 p.m. today. All inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled at those schools.

Hurricane Iselle is expected to make landfall tomorrow on Hawaii Island.

"We are making these decisions based our latest updates with the State Civil Defense," said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "We will keep you informed of the latest as it becomes available."

For updated information, follow the DOE on Twitter at @HIDOE808.

Many Hawaii State Public Charter Schools on Hawaii Island and Maui County are also closing their schools in conjunction with DOE closures. For more information on Charter Schools' closures, visit

Many DOE schools serve as emergency shelters; however, County Civil Defense agencies have determined which schools are activated shelters. Please note the following.

Hawaii County designated shelters:

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 designated shelters:

Baldwin High

Lokelani Intermediate

Kekaulike High

Hana High & Elementary

Molokai High

Kilohana Elementary

Lanai High & Elementary

Please check with State or County Civil Defense for more information on emergency shelters.

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