Hurricane Guillermo at 11a Wednesday (Image source: NOAA)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
As Tropical Storm Guillermo tracks closer to the Hawaiian islands, officials are starting to announce closures in anticipation of the storm. We will continue to post the latest announcements below as they come in to our newsroom.
If you have any tips or information regarding preparations or closures ahead of Tropical Storm Guillermo, please send them to our newsroom at email@example.com.
National Night Out: Due to possible weather concerns stemming from Tropical Storm Guillermo, National Night Out at the Kailua Target store will not be held August 4, but will instead be rescheduled for another date.
The Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Stream in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kauai has been reopened as of Thursday, August 6. Hikers are still advised to exercise great caution when crossing streams and to always be prepared for changing weather conditions, including flash flooding.
According to National Parks Service website, due to the current predicted path of Hurricane Guillermo, Haleakala National Park will close the back country at noon on Wednesday, August 5. The park will re-assess conditions and re-open the back country for hiking, camping, and cabin use once it is safe to do so.
The DLNR Division of State Parks has closed Waianapanapa State Park on Maui due to dangerous high surf from the approaching tropical storm. People are urged to stay clear of the blow hole and black sand beach and coastline areas. It is expected to reopen Friday.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:
In anticipation of the heavy rain and wind forecast with the arrival of Tropical Storm Guillermo, all back country areas in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park will be closed as of 5 p.m. on Tues., August 4 until it is safe to reopen them.
No back country permits will be issued until park staff reassess the storm's impact.
In addition, Mauna Loa Road from Kipukapuaulu to the Mauna Loa Lookout, and Namakanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins, will close as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. The visitor centers, restrooms, lava tube, front-country trails, steam vents, and other popular features, will remain open.
Park staff will continue to monitor the storm and assess conditions in the park. The public will be kept informed via news releases, social media, and the park website.