Big Island public schools closed Friday

Big Island public schools closed Friday

KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) has closed all public schools on Hawaii Island on Friday, Oct. 17. Closures are being made in anticipation of severe weather.

Additionally, all inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled beginning Thursday and through the weekend, resuming when schools reopen.

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:

Kau High & Pahala Elementary

Keaau High

Kohala High & Elementary

Kealakehe High

Konawaena High

Hilo High

Waiakea High

Pahoa High & Intermediate

Honokaa High & Intermediate

Waikoloa Elementary

Please check with State or County Civil Defense for more information on emergency shelters. For updated information on public school operations, follow the DOE on Twitter at @HIDOE808.

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