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BLOG: Disaster relief continues in Puna

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The center of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall along the Ka'u coast of Hawaii Island early Friday morning on August 8th, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong winds, fallen trees, and flooding damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes in the Puna district of the Big Island. Many Puna residents say they have gone days without water and electricity. 

If you have any tips or information that would provide additional relief to the victims of Tropical Storm Iselle, please send them to our newsroom at

Thursday, Aug. 21,2014

5:15pm: Downed trees cause Puna hiking trail closure

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife has closed the Puna hiking trail until further notice, due to severe tree fall caused by Hurricane Iselle. These downed trees are blocking access to Haena (Shipman) beach in the South Hilo area.

“Removal of these downed trees will take DOFAW crews some time to complete,” said Steven Bergfeld, DOFAW Hawaii branch manager.

“DOFAW appreciates the public's cooperation and understanding the need to keep this trail closed for public safety until it can be cleared,” he said.

5pm: Governor Sends Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration asking for federal assistance to help pay for damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle, which impacted Hawaii from Aug. 7 to 9, 2014.

The request seeks Individual Assistance for Hawaii County. Individual Assistance would make additional funding, loans and services available to affected residents.

For updates on Iselle recovery efforts, visit the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website at:

11am: Hawaiian Electric donates $25,000

Hawai?i Electric Light, Hawaiian Electric and Maui Electric have collectively contributed $25,000 to the Hawai?i Island United Way. In addition, contributions from employees of the three utilities will be matched by the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation, up to a total of $10,000. All funds will be used to support Hawa?i Island residents impacted by Tropical Storm Iselle.

10am: Matson donates $10,000 

The Matson Foundation is donating $10,000 directly to Hawaii Island United Way for disaster relief and also has established a separate special program to match donations from all Matson employees to charitable, tax-exempt relief/aid agencies assisting with relief efforts for Hurricane Iselle on Hawaii Island.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 

4:50p: District 50 Lions donate 22 generators

22 FEMA-grade 4500w portable generators arrived in Puna today, courtesy of teh District 50 Hawaii Lions.  The Lions Club members will distribute these generators into remote areas of the storm-damaged district for free use by residents, organizations, and businesses most in need, and fuel will also be supplied.  

For more information, call Puna Lion Nancy Kramer at 808-854-7881. 

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

4:30p: Hawaiian Telecom adds phone bank and free wi-fi

Hawaiian Telecom has set up a phone bank for Big Island residents to make free on-island calls at the Nanawale Community Center located at 14-855 Kehau Road, Pahoa. The center's hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Hawaiian Telecom has also set up free Wi-Fi access at the Pahoa Community Center at 15-2910 Kauhale Street, Pahoa. Consumers should bring their own wireless devices such as laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. 

9a: CPB donates $10,000

Central Pacific Bank has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help residents on the Big Island and Maui who were affected by Hurricane Iselle.

The monies will help American Red Cross continue its efforts to provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning, and other assistance to those in need.

In addition to the cash donation, CPB has also launched a hurricane assistance loan program, which features low interest rates, flexible loan terms, reduced monthly payments, fast approval and quick funding. The loan amounts range from $1,000 to $15,000 with terms up to 48 months.

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

11:05a: Red Cross shelter to close distribution center, casework will continue 

The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center will be closing on Monday, August 18th at 12 noon. Red Cross client caseworkers are working with shelter residents who cannot return to their homes due to the storm, to help with alternative arrangements.

On Saturday night, there were 23 overnight residents at the shelter. Since August 7th, there have been 2,463 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.

In the days following, the Red Cross will be continuing to distribute relief supplies to targeted areas.

Big Island Red Cross Caseworkers are also continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

8:19a: Aloha for Hawaii Island Relief Effort launched 

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle, local clothing designers are again stepping up to provide assistance to disaster victims. Kyle Shimabukuro, of HiLife Clothing Company, has designed the artwork to be used for the Aloha For Hawaii Island relief effort. Shimabukuro also designed the iconic logos for the recent Aloha For Japan and Aloha For Philippines relief campaigns.

Jacky Buder, of Barefoot League Clothing Company, will sell the Aloha For Hawaii Island shirts at their booth (Booths # 185 and 186) during this weekend's Made in Hawaii festival at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Each Aloha For Hawaii Island shirt will be sold for $20, with $10 from each sale being donated to the Hawaii Island United Way.

The Hawaii Island United Way is continuing to work with local governmental agencies and their network of 40 non-profit health and human service Partner Agencies during this recovery effort.

The 20th Annual First Hawaiian Bank Made in Hawaii Festival will be held at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena this Friday through Sunday: August 15 (10 am to 9 pm), August 16 (10 am to 9 pm), and August 17 (10 am to 5 pm).

4:52p: Hawaii Gas provides 400 meals to Big Island residents 

More than two dozen Hawaii Gas employees volunteered their time on Saturday to provide 400 hot meals to Big Island residents affected by Tropical Storm Iselle. Employees passed out meals at the Nanawale Community Association.

Hawaii Gas cooked 150 lbs. of chicken, 24 cans of spam and corned beef and corn.

They will be providing meals to residents again on Sunday at the Nanawale Community Association from 10a-5p.

Hawaii Gas is also loaning propane cylinders to those who really need it until power is restored.

4:41p: Hawaii Red Cross update 

The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center remains open to support the individuals and families impacted by the storm. Residents needing to stay in the shelter will be provided with meals and a cot to sleep on and will also be able to take a shower and charge their phones at any time of the day.

On Friday night, there were 30 overnight stays at the shelter. Since August 7th, there have been approximately 2,433 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.

Volunteer Red Cross nurses and mental health professionals have helped 883 people with health assessments and crisis counseling. The Red Cross has more than 200 workers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94% are volunteers.

At the Red Cross shelters and distribution centers, 3,439 meals and snacks were served and 11,832 relief items were distributed, including tarps, batteries, flashlights, water, ice, comfort kits, clean up kits, bleach, work gloves and trash bags to those in need thanks to corporate and community partners like Foodland, Walmart, Safeway, P&G/Duracell, Home Depot, Target, CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs and Chevron.

Red Cross volunteers will continue to distribute meals and snacks on Sunday, August 17 to those in need at the following locations and times (as supplies last):

Pahoa Community Center parking lot - 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa (10am-1pm) Mountain View Gym - 18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771 (10am-1pm)

Big Island Red Cross Caseworkers are also continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

In addition, the Red Cross will be at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawaii's Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers to provide information on available services to those who were affected by Iselle. The Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers will be at following locations and times:

?Mountain View Gym (18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771) on Sunday, August 17 from 8am to 8pm

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

6:11p: HELCO Customer Information Center moved to Leilani Estates Community Center 

Hawai‘i Electric Light Company will move its Customer Information Center to the Leilani Estates Community Center in the lower Puna area beginning Saturday, August 16. The center at the Hawaiian Shores Community Center in Hawaiian Beaches will be closed.

The center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Company representatives will be on hand to answer questions from the public and provide the status of repairing the damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle. Customers may bring their electronic devices and get them charged. A charging station will be available at the center. The center will remain open daily as the restoration process continues. 

3:33p: Hawaii Red Cross new distribution center 

Red Cross volunteers will continue to distribute relief supplies on Saturday, August 16 to those in need at the following locations and times (as supplies last):

  Pahoa Community Center parking lot - 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa (10am-6pm) Mountain View Gym - 18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771 (10am-6pm)

The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center remains open to support the individuals and families impacted by Iselle. Residents needing to stay in the shelter will be provided with meals and a cot to sleep on and will also be able to take a shower and charge their phones at any time of the day. 

In addition to providing a safe and dry place for people to ride out the storm, the Red Cross shelters also had nurses and trained mental health workers on site to help people. These workers made over 153 health contacts and more than 700 emotional support contacts over the past few days. The Red Cross has over 200 volunteers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94% are volunteers. 

Big Island Red Cross Caseworkers are also continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

In addition, the Red Cross will be at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawaii's Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers to provide information on available services to those who were affected by Iselle. The Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers will be at following locations and times:

Mountain View Gym (18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771) on Saturday, August 16 to Sunday, August 17 from 8am to 8pm

2p: Free Wi-Fi and Phone Use

Hawaiian Telcom has set up phones and free Wi-Fi access at the Hawaiian Shores Community Center in Hawaiian Beaches to assist Puna residents who are without service. Residents can use the phones to make free local calls on the Big Island. To take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, consumers should bring their own wireless devices, such as laptop computers, tablets and smartphones. The Hawaiian Shores Community Center is located at 15-458 Kahakai Street, Puna. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

12:28p: Bank of Hawaii accepting donations

Effective immediately, all 67 Bank of Hawaii branches statewide will be accepting donations for relief efforts on the Big Island.  All donations will go to Hawaii Island United Way.  Check donations may be made payable to: Kokua Puna and deposited at any Bank of Hawaii Branch.  Cash donations are also being accepted.  Bank of Hawaii is also offering emergency financial assistance loan programs to provide those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle access to cash for emergency supplies, living essentials, home and/or vehicle repair or to bridge working capital needs.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014:

5:10p: Safeway donates 16 tons of ice 

Safeway is sending over 16 tons of ice to the Puna District of the Big Island to help residents who are still without electricity following Tropical Storm Iselle. The ice will be distributed through the American Red Cross aid station at the Pahoa Community Center tomorrow, August 14th and is expected to be available by 2 p.m. 

11:15a: University of Hawaii accepts donations for relief efforts

Residents around Honokaa who want to donate to the Iselle relief effort can bring items to the North Hawaii Education and Research Center. Suggestions for donations include toiletries, drinking water, towels, blankets, tarps, batteries and non-perishable food.

11:10a: Aloha United Way opens donations portal

In light of damage caused by Iselle, Aloha United Way is helping to support Big Island recovery efforts via an online giving site. You can support the recovery effort through an online giving portal at In addition to the collection of funds by Aloha United Way, Hawaii Foodbank and Helping Hands Hawaii will be collecting food, water, clothing and toiletries. Food and water can be donated directly to the Hawaii Foodbank. Clothing and toiletries can be donated directly to Helping Hands Hawaii.

11:00a: Reimbursements available for spoiled food

The state Department of Human Services opened four offices in East Hawaii to help those receiving federal supplemental nutrition assistance, formerly known as food stamps. The deadline to submit reimbursement requests for food spoiled during Iselle is next week Wednesday. The assistance offices are at the Hawaiian Shores Community Center, Nanawale Estates Community Association, Leilani Estates Community Center Association and at Church of the Nazarene in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014:7:05p: Hawaii Red Cross to Distribute Supplies Tomorrow 

Hawaii Red Cross volunteers will be distributing supplies at the following locations and times:

· Pahoa Community Center parking lot - 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa (10am-6pm)

· Puna Covenant Church - 16-647 Old Volcano Road, Keaau (10am-1pm)

The Hawaii Red Cross also has a shelter open at the Pahoa Community Center to support the individuals and families impacted by the storm. Residents needing to stay in the shelter will be provided with meals and a cot to sleep on and will also be able to take a shower and charge their phones at any time of the day.

6:45p: American Savings Bank Donates $25,000 to Assist in Relief Efforts

American Savings Bank has donated $25,000 to the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts for Big Island communities in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle. ASB will also be accepting monetary donations at all statewide ASB branches and funds will go towards assisting residents affected by the storm.

5:45p: 360 Cases of Water to be Sent to Big Island 

The City & County of Honolulu is teaming up with two companies and sending 360 cases of bottled water to Hawaii Island today to be distributed to Iselle storm victims in Puna and surrounding areas. Hawaiian Isles Water Company is providing five pallets of bottled water and Hawaiian Airlines is flying the bottles to Hilo today. 

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014:


  • Onomea Road
  • Kaiwiki Road

  • Waipio Valley Road (local traffic only)

  • Moano Street off of Kahakai Boulevard
  • Paradise Drive, between 17th and 19th
  • 15th, 16th, 23rd and Railroad Ave between Paradise Drive and Makuu Drive
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014:

1:50p: All Ports Reopen

The Coast Guard has reopened all ports in the State of Hawaii following the passing of Tropical Storm Iselle through the Hawaiian Islands.

10a: Most Schools to Reopen Monday

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) has announced it will resume regular public school schedules and student activities on Monday, Aug. 11, with the exception of Waiakea High. Read more here.

9:55a: DLNR Opens Some Parks

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces limited openings of its state-managed park and forest lands in the wake of the Iselle storm system. Some areas will remain closed as a precautionary measure for public safety until personnel can assess the areas for damage such as downed trees and make any necessary repairs. Status updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

All areas managed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, forest hiking trails, and game management areas, until further notice

  • County of Hawaii – Lava Tree State Monument and MacKenzie State Recreation Area
  • County of Maui – Makena State Park (but will open at noon today)
  • City and County of Honolulu – Aiea Loop Trail
  • County of Kauai – All state parks remain closed
8:03a: Post Offices Resume Normal Operations

The USPS District office in Honolulu announced that it is resuming its normally scheduled operations beginning Saturday, Aug. 9. All postal facilities that would normally be open on Saturdays will be open. All Post Offices that normally provide mail delivery and retail operations on Saturdays will provide such services.

6:30a: Big Island Power Outage

Hawaii Electric Light crews have been working to safely restore power to customers who have lost electricity as a result of Tropical Storm Iselle. Crews brought back power to 3,400 customers over the last few hours by restoring the south transmission line tie as well as distribution circuits between Keaau to Pahala. At this time, an estimated 9,200 customers remain out of power in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland Estates, Leilani Estates, Nanawale, Kapoho, Kalapana, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shore and Waipunahina. Crews are still working to restore power in the Waipunahina area.

6:00a: Big Island Road Closures

  • Hwy 132 Lava Tree State Park to Kapoho
  • Below Lava State Park Hwy 132
  • Leilani Ave at 130 - one lane open
  • South Glenwood Rd 
  • Kahakai and Moana intersection 
  • Red Road partial closure
  • Paradise Dr between 17th and 19th 
  • Makuu and Railroad intersection c
  • Waipio Valley Rd (local traffic only)
  • Hwy 19 Hawaii Belt Rd at 38mm 
5:00a: Flash Flood Watch Issued

A Flash Flood Watch continues for Oahu and Kauai County until noon Saturday.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014:

4:34p: Oahu Shelters to Close

Working in partnership with the Department of Emergency Management, Honolulu City & County Office of Housing, Hawaii Red Cross volunteers plan to close all evacuation shelters on Oahu today.

4:19p: Maui given 'all clear'

Maui County Civil Defense and Mayor Alan Arakawa have announced the all clear for residents as the Tropical Storm Warning for the county was canceled this afternoon. 

4:08p: Kauai Emergency Shelter to Open

Due to weather conditions and canceled flights, an emergency shelter will be opened in Lihue at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall as of 5 p.m. today. The American Red Cross, with support from the County's Department of Parks and Recreation, will manage the shelter.

3:20p: Oahu given 'all clear'

During a joint press conference Friday afternoon, Mayor Kirk Caldwell gave the all-clear for Oahu residents and said city operations would resume immediately.

3:11p Warning Dropped for All Islands Except Kauai

The National Weather Service has canceled the Tropical Storm Warnings for Maui County and Oahu. Kauai remains in Tropical Storm Warning at this time. The warning for Hawaii County was canceled earlier today.

3p: Maui Bus Service

All Maui Bus Fixed Routes and Paratransit service will resume from 3pm today, or the next available route start time after 3pm. Commuter service will resume regular service tomorrow morning.

2:15p: Warning Dropped for Big Island

The National Weather Service canceled the Tropical Storm Warning for the island of Hawaii. A Tropical Storm Warning continues for the counties of Maui, Oahu and Kauai.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Iselle is currently 120 miles southwest of Honolulu and is still producing locally damaging wind gusts over the smaller islands.

1:47p: Maui Power Mostly Restored

Maui Electric has restored power to about 7,750 Maui customers who lost service around 9 a.m. due to high winds and heavy rains in areas throughout Maui, including Pukalani and Haiku to Hana. About 250 customers still remain without power in pockets of Olinda, Pukalani, Haiku and Makena as responding crews work to repair and replace damaged electrical equipment.

1:40p Oahu Storm Update from Hawaiian Electric

Hawaiian Electric crews are responding to power outages affecting approximately 1,500 customers in Hauula, Ka‘awa, Kahuku and other portions of Windward Oahu. Earlier today, crews restored outages affecting 4,500 customers in parts of Makaha, Maunawili, Wahiawa, and portions of the Leeward Coast.

1:30p: Kauai Drivers Urged to Stay Off Roads

Due to reports of high winds around Kauai island, the County is urging the public to stay off roadways and stay indoors throughout the duration of the storm. 

1:27p: Kauai Road Closure Update

Kauai police have reopened the eastbound lane on Kaumualii Highway in Pakala near the Makaweli Post Office and are alternating traffic.

1:20p: Some Evacuation Centers Closing

At the request of the Hawaii County Civil Defense, Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are closing 8 evacuation centers today on the Big Island. Click here for a complete list.

1:05p: Ports Update

The ports for Big Island, Maui County (including the islands of Molokai and Lanai), and Oahu remain closed until the Coast Guard Captain of the Port and partner agencies can complete a thorough assessment to ensure commercial vessels can operate safely. Read more here.

12:40 Kauai Road Closure

Kaumualii Highway in the vicinity of the Makaweli Post Office in Pakala is closed in both directions due to a utility pole leaning over the highway. Utility personnel are heading to the scene.

12:25p: Big Island Road Closure

Hawaii County Civil Defense reports Highway 11 is closed at Kawa Flats due to water over the road.

11:44a: Oahu Road Closure

Honolulu police have closed the road at 3830 Tantalus Drive because a tree is about to topple. HPD officers are on scene awaiting City road crews.

11:41a: Kauai Power Outages

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative reports a localized outage in the Princeville area affecting about 40 customers. Troubleshooters have been notified.

11:15a: Hamakua Post Offices

Due to access issues resulting from Hurricane Iselle, the Hakalau and Paauilo Post Offices, both located on the Hamakua coast of the island of Hawaii, will not open for business today.

USPS had previously announced that all Post Offices on the island of Hawaii would re-open for business today, after closing at noon yesterday prior to Iselle's arrival. Mail delivery and retail operations will resume today at all other Big Island Post Offices as soon as it is safely possible to do so.

10:45a: Oahu Power Outages

Approximately 1,900 customers are without power in Wahiawa, according to Hawaiian Electric. About 200 customers remain without power in the Windward area, including Maunawili. 

10:20a: NOAA Radios

The South Point and Kulani NOAA Weather Radio transmitters are out due to power outage on the Big Island. Updates to come when available.

10:18a: Kauai Status

The Kauai Emergency Operations Center remains in full activation.

  • Emergency personnel and equipment have been staged north of the Hanalei River in case of flooding.
  • Residents and visitors are asked to stay off the roadways and shelter in place if at all possible.
  • Emergency shelters will be opened as needed. Please do not report to any shelter unless an announcement has been made that they are open.
  • All county beach parks remain closed due to potentially hazardous ocean conditions.
  • County offices and services will be open until 12 p.m. today.
  • The Kauai Bus will be operating on its normal schedule today until 12 p.m.
10:15a: Maui County Power Outages

Crews are currently working to repair a transmission line that is affecting customers in Pukalani and Haiku to Hana. Hana town is currently being powered by two generating units in Hana. Restoration efforts are also underway for pocket outages in Olinda, Kihei, Makena, West Maui, Ulupalakua, and Paia.

Moloka‘i crews are currently working to clear power lines leading into Kalaupapa in an effort to help restore power to the Kalaupapa community.

10:10a: All Ports Closed

During a joint press briefing, the Coast Guard said all ports statewide remain closed until a visual assessment of the areas is completed.

9:40a: Big Island Status

Residents are being allowed to return home in all areas except Ka'u and Hamakua, where storm conditions are continuing. Shelters will remain open in Laupahoehoe, Honka'a, Ka'u and Pahoa.

Current highway closures include: Highway 132 at Nanawale; Highway 11 or Volcano Highway between the 53 and 63 mile markers from Kaaawa Flats to Naalehu; and Highway 250 or Kohala Mountain Road for the entire length of the road.

There are numerous reports of downed power lines across the island. Residents should not approach any downed line. Downed lines may be reported to Helco at 969-6666.

9:20a: Message from the Governor

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), formerly State Civil Defense, reminds the public that Tropical Storm Iselle still poses a potential danger to the state: “The National Weather Service has advised that there is still a risk, especially from downpours and gusty winds. We are still under Tropical Storm Warnings for all islands.”

Iselle is currently moving over Maui County although Hawaii Island is still experiencing heavy rains. Rain and gusty wind issues from mid to late morning until early evening are expected for the island of Oahu.

9:17a: Airports and Highways

Currently all airports remain open. However, all travelers should make sure to to check with their airlines for flight schedules before leaving their homes or hotels and heading to airports.

For state highways, conditions are changing quickly. State road crews are working with the counties to clear roads as quickly as possible. 

8:40a: Maui County Status

  • Hana Highway at milepost 26.5 near Nahiku now open.
  • County offices remain closed today, with the exception of the County Clerk's Office, which is open and receiving absentee ballots until 2:00 p.m. today.
  • Water is limited only in the Upper Kula area as MECO crews work to restore power to the Olinda Water Treatment Plant. Customers in Upper Kula are asked to conserve water.
  • All airports are open; Kalaupapa Airport is currently without power but remains open.
  • As of midnight last night, there were a total of 231 individuals at eight shelters in Maui County.
  • Residents needing to report storm-related damage may access the reporting form online at under “Storm Information.”
8:30a: Brown Water Advisory

The Department of Health has issued a Brown Water Advisory for the State of Hawaii due to effects from Tropical Storm Iselle. Although the flood and storm water runoff may not be brown, the public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Turbid water runoff have been known to attract sharks due to possible dead animals being washed into the ocean. 

"This is definitely not the time to be recreating in Hawaiian waters," health officials say.

8:05a: Oahu Road Closure

In Nuuanu, Pali Drive is closed due to tree down. City work crews are on scene.

7:45a: Post Offices

Post Offices on the island of Hawaii will re-open for business at their normal times of operation on Friday, August 8. Normal mail delivery and retail operations will occur wherever it is possible to do so.

At the moment, all postal facilities on Maui, Molokai and Lanai remain closed.

On Oahu and Kauai, postal operations will be open and operating business as usual today.

6:30a: Maui Road Conditions

Some roads in Makawao are closed due to fallen trees and debris. Piiholo Road is closed at Makawao Ave. Olinda Road is closed at Hanamu Road. 

Large branches are blocking parts of Honoapiilani Highway at Front Street and at Hokiokio Road. 

Pulehu Road, in the area of Central Maui Landfill, is closed due a utility pole that is blocking both lanes of travel.

Hana Highway, at mile post 26 near Nahiku, is closed due to six trees, about 3 to 4 feet in diameter, across the roadway. Power lines are down in the same area as well.

5:15a: Maui Power Outages

Approximately 200 customers in the Pukalani, Piiholo and Olinda areas are without power. Maui Electric crews restored power to nearly 2,800 customers overnight.

4:15a: Big Island Power Outages 

Power has been knocked out to approximately 20,500 customers on the Big Island as Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall, according to the Hawaiian Electric Light Co. HELCO said the outage happened at around 3:50 a.m. and affected customers along the Hamakua Coastline, Lower Puna District, Ka'u Coastline and a portion of South Hilo.

3:50a: Storm Weakens, Makes Landfall

Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall at roughly 2:30 a.m. HST along the Ka'u Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. The storm has weakened, though a hurricane warning remained in effect for Hawaii County and a tropical storm warning remained posted for the rest of the main Hawaiian Islands. 

12:30a: Reports of Power Outages on Maui 

There have been unconfirmed reports of power outages in areas of Pukalani, where approximately 2,600 customers are without power.

12:20a: Flash Flood Warning Issued for Big Island

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County until 2:45 a.m. HST.

Thursday, August 7:

11:50p: Debris on Roadway Near Honolii Bridge

Big Island police are asking motorists to avoid Route 19 near the Honolii Bridge area because of heavy debris on the roadway.

11:15p: Strong Wind Gusts on Big Island 

The National Weather Service is reporting wind gusts of 54 mph near the Hilo airport.

10:05p: Reported damage on Big Island 

Unconfirmed reports of downed trees and blown roofs near Hawaiian Paradise Park. Lightning strikes were also reported in the area. 

9:55p: Flood Advisory issued for South Hilo and Puna districts 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for the Big Island until  12:30 a.m. 

9:05p: Big Island Power Outages

HELCO tells Hawaii News Now's Mileka Lincoln in Waikoloa that about 5,200 customers island-wide are without power. There is no estimate for when power will be restored. HELCO customers across Hawaii Island, call 969-6666 to report blackouts.

8:55p: Big Island Road Closure

Kalanianaole Ave, one lane of traffic closed in the area of Carlsmith Beach Park due to fallen trees on utility wires

8:47p: Flood Advisory Issued for Parts of Big Island

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for parts of the Big Island until 11:15 p.m. Radar shows bands of heavy rainfall moving over the Hamakua district and windward Kohala coast from Laupahoehoe to Hawi.

8:45p: Maui Water Treatment Plant Loses Power

County of Maui officials are asking Upper Kula residents to conserve their water as the power to the Olinda Water Treatment plant just went out. This means that while they have full storage tanks of water, they cannot generate more water while the power is out.

8:22p: Geothermal Incident Advisory

A Civil Defense Alert is now in effect for the following ares due to the uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulfide at the Puna Geothermal Venture plant in Pohoiki:  Leilani Estates, Pohoiki Road, Lani Puna.

Emergency crews are responding and plant operators are woking on controlling the release and monitoring the emissions. Residents are advised to remain indoors or to evacuate the area if any discomfort is experienced. The Pahoa High School gym is currently open as an evacuation shelter for those who wish to leave the area.

8:10p: Oahu Evacuation Shuttles

Special evacuation shuttle service to all ten hurricane evacuation shelters will commence at 10 p.m. this evening and end at 1 a.m. tomorrow morning. Residents in need of evacuation transportation are highly advised to take advantage of the shuttle service during the period of operation. Should you miss a shuttle and need assistance in getting to the shelter call 768-CITY (2489).

7:50p: Maui Power Lines Down

Hawaii News Now's Chelsea Davis is reporting power lines down on Olinda Rd. in Makawao. Maui Electric crews are responding, and remind residents - even if the power lines are not sparking, stay away!

7:45p: Honolulu Hotline

Oahu residents needing to report damage, get information or request non-emergency service are urged to call 768-CITY (2489). Remember, this number is for NON-EMERGENCY assistance. If you have a life threatening emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

6:45p: Oahu Power Restored

Hawaiian Electric crews have cleared the foliage from lines that caused the power outage in the Kahala/Aina Haina area. Power to the 330 affected customers has been restored.

6:25p: Volcano Highway Cleared

Route 11 near 19 mm has been reopened

6p: Keaau Power Outage

The Big Island Biodiesel plant at Kea?au, Hawaii Island lost power shortly after 6 p.m. The company says it is planning to restart production as soon as possible.

5:50p: Oahu Power Outage

Hawaiian Electric says about 330 customers in the Kahala/Aina Haina area on Oahu are without power. They are sending crews to fix the issue as quickly as possible.

5:35p: More Blocked Roads on Big Island

Route 11 (Keaau to Volcano Hwy.) is completely blocked by down trees near 19 mile marker. Unknown when it will be cleared

5:25p: Evacuation Centers on Maui

Evacuation shelters in Maui County are now open. Click here for a complete list of statewide shelters.

5:20p: Blocked Roads on Big Island

According to police on the Big Island, Route 132 (Pahoa to Kapoho Rd.) is blocked between Nanawale Blvd. & Lava Tree Park due to two downed trees. Use Leilani Blvd. to bypass.

4:30p: Flood Advisory Issued for Big Island 

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County. Around 4:00 HST, radar showed heavy rainfall over the South Hilo and Puna districts as the outer rain bands from Hurricane Iselle move onshore. 

4:15p: Airports and Highways

Currently all state airports and highways remain open except for the closure of the Umauma Stream Bridge on Route 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) north of Hilo on Hawaii Island. If state airports and highways are impacted by the storms, information regarding closures and re-openings will be posted on the HDOT website at starting today, Thursday, Aug. 7, and will be updated regularly throughout the storm.

During severe weather conditions, travelers are advised to check with air carriers on flight schedules before going to airports. Be prepared, stay informed and stay safe.

4p: Ala Moana, Pearlridge and Kahala Malls to Close

Officials at Ala Moana Shopping Center, Pearlridge and Kahala malls on Oahu have announced they will be closed all day Friday due to anticipated tropical storm conditions.

3:59p: Some Power Restored

Power has been restored to Waimea area customers. Crews continue to work on safely restoring Honokaa area customers as soon as possible.

3:25p: Big Island Storm Surges

Waves are washing up over the roads in Keaukaha on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ben Gutierrez reports debris washing across the roads well before the arrival of Hurricane Iselle.

3:15p: Big Island Power Outages Confirmed

Hawaii News Now reporter Mileka Lincoln is on the Big Island, where the first effects of Hurricane Iselle are already being felt. She has confirmed that power is out in the Waimea Homestead/Kuhio Village area.

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