LIST: Schools, parks remain closed as former Tropical Storm Calvin moves south

A tropical storm warning continues for Hawaii Island.
Published: Jul. 18, 2023 at 1:31 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 19, 2023 at 1:05 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As former Tropical Storm Calvin passes southwest of Hawaii Island, the county is winding down its operation of emergency shelters.

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth said there are no major damages reported from the storm, adding that there was only minor flooding in typically flood-prone areas.

Due to the downgraded threat, the county has closed the following emergency shelters:

  • Pahoa High School
  • Hilo High School
  • Keaau Armory
  • Robert Herkes Gymnasium in Pahala
  • Naalehu Community Center
  • Honokaa High School
  • Hisaoka Gymnasium in Kohala
  • and Waimea Elementary School.

See the storm’s latest forecast and track by clicking here.

While government officials said the worst has passed, the following closures remain in effect for the health and safety of the public.

Road Closures

Pahala Transfer Station Road and Wood Valley Road are closed due to flooding.

Waipio Valley Access Road will be limited to access by residents and farmers only on Wednesday.

Hawaii DOT warns that on the southeast side of the island, Kawa Flats in the vicinity of Whittington Beach Park and Honuapo are known for flooding during heavy rain events.

DOT will also be monitoring Bayfront Highway (Route 19) and is prepared to close the highway between the Route 19/Waianuenue Avenue intersection and Pauahi Street. Should Bayfront be closed due to high surf, the county’s Kamehameha Avenue will be used as a detour.

Bus route changes

The Hele-on bus system will remain offline throughout Wednesday due to lingering weather conditions and staffing. County officials said regular service will resume on Thursday.

For the latest route cancelations, click here.

Schools closed
  • All HIDOE schools and offices on Hawaii Island will be closed to students and staff on Wednesday.
  • Kamehameha Schools campus, preschools, and offices on Hawaii Island will be closed July 19.
Parks closed
  • County of Hawaii Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed islandwide, and all programs will be suspended.
  • All 14 Hawaii Island state parks and campsites will be closed by 4 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed in anticipation of the storm. Parks will reopen following assessments of any damage.
  • The state’s Keanakolu and Ainapo cabins are also closed.
  • All DLNR Division of State Parks (DSP) offices will also be closed tomorrow.
Government offices, facilities, libraries closed
  • State and county offices on Hawaii Island will be closed Wednesday due to possible impacts from Tropical Storm Calvin. Only essential workers will report.
  • All Hawaii Island public libraries will also be closed Wednesday.
  • Third Circuit Hawaii island Courts will be closed on Wednesday.
  • Department of Liquor Control Offices in Hilo and Kona. No Liquor Card Manager Training Classes in Hilo on Wednesday.
  • Department of Public Works Offices in Hilo and Kona. Permit and project inspections will not be conducted.
  • Office of Housing and Community Development’s Hilo and Kona offices will be closed.
  • East Hawaii and West Hawaii Planning Departments will be closed.
  • Immigration services will not be available Wednesday.
  • The American Job Center Hawaii at Waiakea Plaza will be closed.
  • The Hawaii Film Office will not conduct film permits Wednesday.
Environmental Management
  • All transfer stations islandwide will be closed on Wednesday.
  • East Hawaii Organics Facility and West Hawaii Organics Facility will be closed July 19.
  • All other green waste collections, East Hawaii Reload and Sort Station, West Hawaii Sanitary Landfill, Scrap metal and white goods collection will be closed Wednesday.
  • As well as all other recycling operations, all Reuse facilities, derelict and Abandoned Vehicles program, and all administrative offices.

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This story will be updated.