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Uncertainty about Hurricane Ana affects weekend gatherings

Duane DeSoto Duane DeSoto
Susan Takahashi Susan Takahashi
Celita Milare Celita Milare
Janice Makalii Janice Makalii
Doug Mayne Doug Mayne
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - All the uncertainty about Hurricane Ana is making it tough for people planning large gatherings this weekend. Several big events have already been canceled, but organizers of other festivities are keeping their fingers crossed.

More than 250 guests are expected to attend the Pa'akai Gala on Saturday night at the Royal Hawaiian. With Ana closing in, organizers are closely tracking the forecast.

"We're not going to make a judgment based on fear. We want to watch it and we know our venue is going to hold up pretty well in some bad weather. We just don't want to endanger anybody on their way or on their way home," explained Duane DeSoto, founder of Na Kama Kai.

Na Kama Kai is a non-profit organization that focuses on ocean education programs for keiki. DeSoto is hopeful that the celebration will go on as planned.

"The governor's assistant said he's still in and Willie K has confirmed his flight over from Maui, so we said, 'Okay, if these guys are going to show up, I think everybody else will show up,'" DeSoto said.

The storm nearly ruined the Keiki Carnival at Kamiloiki Elementary in Kalama Valley.

"When we first heard there was going to be a hurricane, of course we were concerned because this takes a lot of effort and everybody looks forward to it," said Susan Takahashi, Parent Community Networking Coordinator at Kamiloiki Elementary.

The fair brings in about $20,000 each year for the school.

"We got really lucky. If it were Saturday, we might have to change the date, but since it was Friday, we felt it was safe since they didn't cancel school and everything seemed to be okay," explained Takahashi.

Many families have already stocked up on supplies.

"We went and got our cases of water about 3 days ago, and our case of spam, and our rice, and our toilet paper. We actually had some supplies from the last storm," said Celita Milare of Waikele.

"I'm glad that they prepare us for it. I'm glad that they give us warnings," said Janice Makalii of Waimanalo.

Authorities want to make sure that everyone is ready in case disaster strikes.

"Don't think that just because it's on a track to move south that it's actually going to move south. You never know what's going to happen," said Doug Mayne of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

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