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LIST: Closures, changes due to Tropical Storm Madeline

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Here's a look at the closures and changes announced as Tropical Storm Madeline nears the state. The storm is impacting Hawaii Island on Wednesday, and could bring tropical storm conditions to Maui County late Wednesday into Thursday.

This list will be updated. To alert Hawaii News Now to a closure or change, click here.

Schools

All Big Island public schools are closed Wednesday and Thursday, the state Department of Education announced. Additionally, all Hawaii Island inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled for those two days.

Meanwhile, all public charter schools are also closed on Wednesday.

And all but three Big Island charter schools have confirmed they'll be closed Thursday.

The three that haven't yet canceled classes Thursday are: Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School in Pahoa, Ke Ana La’ahana Public Charter School in Hilo, and Volcano School of Arts and Sciences.

Here are the Big Island private schools that have announced closures:

  • All Kamehameha Schools facilities on Hawaii Island are closed Wednesday and Thursday, including the Keaau campus, preschools and business office
  • Parker School is closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hawaii Prepatory Academy is closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Montessorri Schools in Waimea and Kona is closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Parents and Children Together Head Start classrooms are closed Wednesday and will be closed Thursday
  • Small World Preschool is closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Christian Liberty Academy is closed Wednesday 
  • St. Joseph School in Hilo is closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Mauna Loa School (K-8) in Hilo is closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea is closed Wednesday

In addition, all University of Hawaii facilities on Hawaii Island are closed to students and non-essential personnel on Wednesday. 

Government operations

State offices, including courthouses, on the Big Island are closed Wednesday, and non-essential employees should not report to work.

Employees who must report to work include emergency coordinators, disaster response workers, and those whose work involves crucial operations (corrections, hospital workers).

Meanwhile, public libraries on the Big Island are closed Wednesday and Thursday, and Maui County libraries are canceling all programs from Wednesday through Friday.

Maui County is closing the East Maui Recreation and Permit Office and the Pukalani Aquatic Complex Pools on Thursday.

Businesses

Bank of HawaiiFirst Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank closed all of their Big Island branches on Wednesday. 

The Four Seasons Hualalai, meanwhile, will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Guests will be relocated to partner hotels across the state. 

Also, Kaiser Permanente has closed all four of its Big Island facilities on Wednesday

Hawaii Electric Light business offices, including the customer service and customer engineering offices, is closed Wednesday, but the company said it stands ready to implement its emergency response plan. Customers can still reach the company at (808) 969-6666.

Recreation Areas

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closed the entrance station and visitor center on Wednesday. The coastal lava viewing area and Chain of Craters Road is also closed.

For a full list of closures at the park, click here.

All state parks, campgrounds, forest reserves and hiking trails on Hawaii Island are closed Wednesday until further notice. In addition, camping and cabin permits were canceled for this weekend.

Kaloko-Honokohau and Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Parks are also closed Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Polipoli State Park in Maui is closed Wednesday, and all state managed lands (forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries) on Maui closed at noon Wednesday. 

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