Tropical Storm Darby is making its way toward the Hawaiian islands, with the Big Island and Maui County expected to see initial impacts as early as Friday. As a precaution, officials are announcing closures and schedule adjustments to various operations in advance of the storm.
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By 3 p.m. Friday, the state will close all forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, forest campgrounds and game management areas, including Keanakolu cabins, Ainapo hiking trail, Muliwai trail and Waimanu valley campground until further notice. Camping permits for this weekend are cancelled until further notice.
The Division of State Parks is closing its park campgrounds, pavilions and cabins Friday. All Big Island parks will remain closed on Saturday and will not re-open until conditions warrant.
Hawaii Island park officials will close all backcountry areas and certain roads in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park effective 5 p.m. Friday, July 22. Park closures are as follows:
- Kulanaokuaiki Campground & Namakanipaio Cabins and Campgrounds
- Hilina Pali Road
- Chain of Craters Road at the Crater Rim Drive intersection
- Lava viewing area and Coastal Ranger Station
- Entire backcountry, including all coastal sites, Napau and Mauna Loa
- Mauna Loa Road after Kipukapuaulu
Next week's Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp will move to the University of Hawaii at Hilo Gymnasium. All children participating in the camp should report to the UHH Gym, located at 200 West Kawili Street in Hilo, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, for registration and the opening day of the camp. The new venue will replace the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
KS Hawaii campus and school store will be closed this weekend. All athletic activities have also been canceled.
Public libraries are closed.
First Hawaiian Bank will close its Kamuela Branch on the Big Island today, Saturday, July 23.
The state Department of Parks & Recreation is revoking all overnight camping permits at county beach parks this weekend. Those with overnight camping permits for Friday will be informed by park rangers that they need to be vacated by noon on Saturday. There will be no overnight camping allowed for Saturday and Sunday. Campers who were already issued permits for this weekend can go to any district office to get a refund either today or on Monday.
By 3 p.m. Friday, the state closed all of its managed lands, including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails, game management areas; this closure also affects Polipoli State Park (persons with camping permits are being notified).
County parks will remain open Friday, but will be closed on Saturday and remain closed until conditions warrant re-opening.
The KS Maui campus is closed this weekend.
Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association's Championship Regatta scheduled for Saturday at Kahului Harbor is canceled.
The two day art and craft event at the Historical Banyan tree park in Lahaina, Maui has been canceled. The event will reschedule for next weekend.
Public libraries are closed.
Because of power outages and issues with internal severs due to the storm, the University of Hawaii Medical Education Building is closed to all personnel Monday, July 25. Also, for the Bioscience Building, only essential personnel should report to work Monday.
Hanauma Bay will be closed Sunday.
The Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association has canceled Sunday's championship regatta at Keehi Lagoon.
The Tinman Triathlon, which was slated for Sunday, has been tentatively rescheduled for July 31.
The Coconut Chase 8K will also be rescheduled. However, race packet pick-up will happen as planned Saturday at Runners HI in Aiea, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Kaimuki Carnival will be open Friday at 6 p.m., but closed on Saturday and Sunday. The carnival will open again on July 29, 30 and 31.
Bank of Hawaii is closing all 11 of its in-store branches on Oahu on Sunday.
No closures announced yet.