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Special Alerts

TROPICAL STORM DARBY
 

July 25, 2016

Tropical Storm Darby Leaves Hawaii
Returning to Business as Usual in the Hawaiian Islands

Tropical Storm Darby completed its pass over the Hawaiian Islands early this morning and has been downgraded to a tropical depression. The tropical storm warning has been called off for all of the islands.

With the exception of clearing storm debris where rainfall was heaviest and some lingering showers today in pockets around the Hawaiian Islands, it is business as usual statewide.

All airports, highways and roads are open. Parks statewide that were closed for safety reasons due to Tropical Storm Darby will be reopening today and throughout the week. Visitors are encouraged to check on the status of a park before planning an excursion.

Mahalo to all of Hawaii’s visitor industry partners, emergency responders, residents and visitors for staying vigilant and mindful of the changing weather conditions over the weekend.

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July 24, 2016

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Tropical Storm Darby: Tropical Storm Warning Called Off for Island of Hawaii
Storm Passing Other Islands Today and Tomorrow 

Tropical Storm Darby is continuing to move steadily in a westerly direction south of the Hawaiian Islands, and is expected to complete its pass over Maui County and Oahu today and tonight, and Kauai late tonight and tomorrow. The center of the storm has passed the Island of Hawaii.

According to the National Weather Service, a tropical storm warning has been called off for the Island of Hawaii, but remains in effect for Maui County, Oahu and Kauai until Tropical Storm Darby completes its track past those islands. A tropical storm warning means that weather conditions of heavy rainy and high winds are already occurring or imminent.

The National Weather Service reports there has been little change in the strength of Tropical Storm Darby since yesterday. The storm is moving in a west-northwest direction at a speed of 9 MPH, with maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH. This morning, as of 5:00 a.m. (HST), the storm’s center was located 115 miles south-southeast of Honolulu and 200 miles southeast of Lihue, Kauai.

While there have been numerous temporary closures of parks and postponement of events for safety reasons (link to the list above), all airports have remained open and only two flights, one transpacific flight and one interisland flight, have been cancelled.

Residents and visitors are advised to continue exercising caution while outdoors and to stay safe until the storm has passed the islands.

For the latest information on Tropical Storm Darby, follow Hawaii news media reports and monitor the Central Pacific Hurricane Center website at www.weather.gov/cphc. Travelers scheduled to arrive in or depart from Hawaii today and tomorrow should confirm the status of their flight before going to the airport.

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July 23, 2016

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Tropical Storm Darby: National Weather Service Issues Tropical Storm Warning for Oahu

As Tropical Storm Darby continues its path along the Hawaiian Islands, the National Weather Service announced this morning that a tropical storm warning is now in effect for Oahu.

A tropical storm warning means rainy, windy weather conditions are expected on Oahu within the next 24 to 36 hours. Residents and visitors are advised to take the necessary preparations today, such as stocking up on essential goods, and to stay safe until Tropical Storm Darby has passed this weekend.

A tropical storm warning is already in effect for the Island of Hawaii and Maui. Kauai is under a tropical storm watch.

Tropical Storm Darby is moving in a westerly direction at a speed of 9 MPH, with maximum sustained winds near 50 MPH. This morning as of 5:00 a.m. (HST), the storm’s center was located 100 miles southeast of Hilo on the Island of Hawaii and 310 miles east-southeast of Honolulu.

For the latest information on Tropical Storm Darby, follow Hawaii news media reports and monitor the Central Pacific Hurricane Center website at www.weather.gov/cphc. Travelers scheduled to arrive in or depart from Hawaii this weekend should confirm the status of their flight before going to the airport.

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July 22, 2016

Tropical Storm Darby Approaching the Hawaiian Islands

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement regarding the approach of Tropical Storm Darby to the Hawaiian Islands.

“Tropical Storm Darby is on a track that is expected to bring inclement weather conditions to the Hawaiian Islands this weekend, with the effects being felt by the Island of Hawaii starting tonight, Maui on Saturday, Oahu late Saturday night, and Kauai on Sunday.

“However, weather conditions could change overnight so people are encouraged to stay informed as to the latest update by following Hawaii news media reports and monitoring the Central Pacific Hurricane Center website at www.weather.gov/cphc. For those who have a flight scheduled this weekend, please confirm the status with your airline.

“HTA is closely monitoring the situation and maintaining communications with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service and other state and county agencies tracking Darby’s progress. We will post informational updates on the “Special Alert” section of HTA’s website at www.HawaiiTourismAuthority.org.

“Most importantly, we strongly urge everyone to stay safe this weekend and be smart about what they do outdoors until the effects of Darby have passed.”

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MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASES

July 14, 2016


There have been no additional cases of dengue fever reported on the island of Hawaii since March 17, 2016 and no locally acquired cases of Zika in the Hawaiian Islands to date. Leisure travelers or business groups can book their Hawaii trip with confidence as no travel health advisories have been issued for Hawaii about Zika by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

However, the Hawaii State Department of Health reminds the public to remain vigilant and take proactive measures in keeping Hawaii free of mosquito-borne diseases. Its Fight the Bite website provides useful tips and information on how you can protect yourself and Hawaii from the harm mosquitoes can cause. Simply using insect repellent while enjoying nature and taking steps to eliminate standing water where mosquitos cluster and breed can help keep Hawaii safe and healthy.

For more information, please visit FightTheBiteHawaii.com.

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SUMMER TRAVEL TIPS

May 26, 2016

 
With an anticipated increase in travel volume this summer, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is recommending that travelers incorporate additional time in their travel plans for traffic, parking, rental car returns, airline check-in and TSA screening.
 
At minimum, travelers should arrive up to two hours in advance of your flight departure time for domestic travel and three hours for international flights.
 
To help mitigate the crowds, airports throughout the Hawaiian Islands will open additional checkpoints during peak periods. Travelers are encourage to allocate extra time to pass through security checkpoints, especially if they are traveling between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Minimizing your carryon luggage will assist in the screening process. Travelers heading to the mainland also need to proceed to U.S.D.A. Baggage Inspection before continuing to your airline’s ticket counter.
 
The Hawaii Tourism Authority extends a sincere mahalo (thank you) to travelers for their patience during this summer travel season.
 
Please visit TSA’s Summer Travel Tips site for more information.

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