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Red Cross Volunteers to Open Shelters on Maui

August 7, 2014, 8:51 AM HST
* Updated August 7, 11:06 AM
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Red Cross, Maui. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Red Cross, Maui. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

In partnership with the respective counties, the Hawaii Red Cross volunteers will be opening shelters on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Maui County, and Oʻahu in response to Iselle at the following times and locations.


  • Baldwin High – 1650 Kaahumanu Ave, Wailuku (Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7)
  • Lokelani Intermediate (pet friendly) – 1401 Līloa Dr, Kīhei (Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7)
  • King Kekaulike High – 121 Kula Hwy, Pukalani (Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7)
  • Hāna High & Elementary – 4111 Hana Hwy, Hāna (Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7)
  • Molokaʻi High – 2140 Farrington Ave, Ho’olehua (Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7)
  • Kilohana Elementary – Kamehameha V Hwy (Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7)
  • Lahaina Civic Center (pets allowed) – 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina (Open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7)
  • Lānaʻi High & Elementary – 555 Fraser Ave, Lānaʻi City

Please bring the following to the shelters as it will not be provided for you: toiletry items; food; water; sleeping items; and extra clothing.

Due to Hawaii’s isolation and vulnerability, the Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for seven days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Airports and ports may be damaged by the storm and slow down the resupply process for local stores.

The Red Cross encourages everyone to be prepared before disasters strike: Get a disaster kit, make a plan and be informed.


Get a disaster kit: Every family should have their own disaster kit. As other emergency response organizations have reported, families are asked to bring their own disaster supplies kit to a shelter, if asked to evacuate. Have 7 days’ worth of supplies at home to shelter in place or in a compact portable container to take to a shelter. Some of the items that the Red Cross suggests for disaster kits include the following:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Flashlight
  • Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications & Medical items
  • Manual Can opener
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family Contact Information
  • Cash
  • Bedding
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • Dishes

You may also need:

  • Baby supplies – bottles, baby food & diapers
  • Games and activities
  • Comfort items
  • Pet supplies – collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications

Make a plan: All members of the household should work together on the family disaster plan. A Family Disaster Plan Template is available on that people can download and complete to make or update their plan. Planning together is important so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to contact and find one another in an emergency, including two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire – and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Stay informed: Listen to local media to keep updated on the status of Iselle and Julio. Hurricane shelter locations and opening times will be shared by local media. Do not automatically go there.


Download free Red Cross mobile apps: People can use the one touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way- even if the power is out. The apps are free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Plan Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

Safe and Well website: The Red Cross Safe and Well website is an internet tool to keep loved ones connected; available for major disasters through People within a disaster-affected area can register themselves as “safe and well” and concerned family and friends who know the person’s phone number or address can search for messages posted by those who self-register. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-800-RED-CROSS to register yourself and your family.

Other shelter locations that the red cross will be operating on other islands include the following:


  • Laupahoehoe School – 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Laupahoehoe
  • Kohala High & Elementary – 54-3611 Akoni Pule Hwy Kapaau
  • Kealakehe High (pet friendly) – 74-5000 Puohulihuli St, Kailua-Kona
  • Konawaena High (pet friendly) – 81-1043 Konawaena School Rd, Kealakekua
  • Hilo High (pet friendly) – 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo
  • Waiakea High (pet friendly) – 155 W Kawili St, Hilo
  • Keaau High (pet friendly) – 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Keaau
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate (pet friendly) – 15-3038 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa
  • Honokaa High & Intermediate (pet friendly) – 45-527 Pakalana St, Honokaa
  • Kau High (pet friendly) – 96-3150 Pikake Stl, Pahala
  • Waikoloa Elementary – 68-1730 Ho’oko St, Waikoloa Village


  • Campbell High School – 91-980 North Road, Ewa Beach
  • Kaimuki High School (pet friendly) – 2705 Kaimuki Avenue, Honolulu
  • Kaiser High School – 511 Lunalilo Home Road, Honolulu
  • McKinley High School – 1039 South King Street, Honolulu
  • Castle High School – 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe
  • Mililani High School – 95-1200 Meheula Parkway, Mililani
  • Pearl City High School (pet friendly) – 2100 Hookiekie Street, Pearl City
  • Waialua High School/Intermediate (pet friendly) – 67-160 Farrington Highway, Waialua
  • Nanakuli High School/Middle (pet friendly) – 89-980 Nanakuli Avenue, Waianae
  • BYU-HAWAII (pet friendly) – 55-220 Kulanui Street, Laie
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