List of Closures and Cancellations For Maui County Due to Ana
By Wendy Osher
(Update: 3 p.m. 10/18/14. ***Updates are posted regularly, check back often.)
The following are a list of closures, cancellations and postponed events that were made in anticipation of the approach of Tropical Cyclone Ana, and the potential for severe weather over the weekend.
Ana is still a Category 1 Hurricane with 80 mph maximum sustained winds.
The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory for the south facing shores of Maui saying large swells produced by Ana are expected to impact most of the main Hawaiian Islands on Saturday and Sunday.
Although the watch was cancelled, meteorologists advise that bands of heavy rainfall associated with Ana will periodically move over the main Hawaiian Island chain this weekend.
The latest forecast update is posted at the following LINK.
- State Forest Managed Lands in Maui County: on Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi were closed as of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, and will remain closed until further notice. This includes forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Nā Ala Hele hiking trails, and game management areas.
- All Maui County parks and recreational facilities: will close beginning on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Facilities will reopen following appropriate safety assessments at each Park site.
All State Parks on Hawaiʻi island, Maui and Molokaʻi: will be closed on Friday, Oct. 17, until further notice. DLNR officials say campers in remote coastal areas have been notified to leave.
- State small boat harbors on Hawaiʻi Island and Maui: will be closed at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, until further notice.
- Maui County campgrounds: closed starting on Friday, Oct. 17. County officials say any permits for camping that were issued for Friday and Saturday nights have since been cancelled.
- Molokaʻi Landfill Partial Closure: on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, due to insufficient manpower. The Molokaʻi Landfill will close at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18. County officials say the closure is necessary as the department must be able to ensure safe operations and meet the minimum State Department of Health operating requirements of our solid waste permit. All other landfills in Maui County remain OPEN on Saturday, Oct. 18, unless weather conditions are worse than predicted.
- Haleakalā National Part to Close Summit and Kīpahulu Districts: at noon on Friday, Oct. 17, to protect visitor safety in anticipation of heavy winds and rain. The park will remain closed until park managers can assess the safety conditions of the park’s roads, trails, campgrounds, and visitor centers. In anticipation of Ana, the park stopped issuing back country camping or cabin permits on Wednesday. Existing weekend back country permits have been canceled.
- Expeditions: will be making their last departure from Lahaina for Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:15 p.m., suspending service until further notice and tying up both boats at Mānele Harbor on Lānaʻi, according to Maui Police.
- Interisland Air Carrier Island Air: announced that it will be suspending flights servicing the islands of Maui and Lānaʻi beginning Saturday afternoon, and will suspend all flights on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Airline officials say the suspension is being implemented “out of concern for the safety of guests and employees due to the impending impacts of Ana.”
- Fall Family Fun Night at Kamaliʻi Elementary: that was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, has been rescheduled, and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23 instead from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is due to Tropical Storm Ana.
- County of Maui Emergency Preparedness Training: that was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17 at the Kalana o Maui Building has been cancelled due to the possibility of inclement weather. The exercise will be rescheduled for a later date.
- University of Hawaiʻi Maui College: due to the anticipated severe weather caused by Hurricane Ana, all classes and activities that were scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 and Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at UH Maui College and its Education Centers in Hāna and Lahaina and on Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi are canceled. All campus operations are expected to resume on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.
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Festivals of Aloha Parade Day event: scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, has been formally cancelled. Please note that the event has been CANCELLED, not postponed. Organizers say permits (with deadlines that passed weeks ago) have a strict adherence to the date as it pertains to the important facets of the parade. That means the closure that was planned to accommodate the parade on the Hāna Highway, will not be allowed to be moved. Please note also that the Play Day event for Sunday, Oct. 19 is ON and scheduled to run, weather permitting. A followup meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 15 to reassess Sunday’s Play Day event.
- Obstacle Z: which was scheduled for this weekend, is now postponed to Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at Keopuolani Park in Kahului. First Wave starts at 8 a.m. with adult wave to follow. For more information and to register, visit runnersparadiseinc.com. On site registration on Sunday, Nov. 2 will also be available.
- Valley Isle Timing Association has cancelled It’s Drag Race Event: that was to be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 due to the closure of Maui Raceway Park due to impending storm conditions.
- 5th annual OktoberFEST: That was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18th at Ocean Vodka Farm in Kula, has since been rescheduled and will take place instead on Sunday, Oct. 26. Event organizers say they will have the same great bands, delicious food and refreshing beverages provided by Maui Brewing Company and Ocean Vodka. All proceeds go to the Pacific Cancer Foundation. For more information visit the Pacific Cancer Center website.
Starry Night Cinema at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center: was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, featuring “Despicable Me.” The free screening has been rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 1, at the same time (5 to 9 p.m.), same place (MACC lawn). Gates open at 5 pm for preshow fun and keiki activities, and the movie starts at 6:30 pm. Food vendors will be on site selling goodies and drinks will be available for purchase at the Pavilion bar. Sorry, no coolers or outside food/beverages allowed. Call the box office for more information at (808) 242-SHOW.
- Maui FilAm Heritage Festival: that was scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 18, has been moved to Saturday, Nov. 1, the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced. The event will still be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maui Mall in Kahului, and all festival events will remain the same.
Pacific Media Group Job Fair: In order to allow families, Maui residents, and job seekers to prepare for the impact of Tropical Storm /potential Hurricane Ana, Pacific Media Group has decided to postpone its Holiday Job Fair (that was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 18. The event has been postponed and will take place instead on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center.
- 5th Annual North Shore Town Cleanup: which was scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 18, has been postponed to Saturday, Nov. 1 at Baldwin Beach from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A partnership between Mālama Maui Nui, the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter, and Positive H2O, this annual beach cleanup is part of “Get the Drift and Bag It” campaign, a month-long marine debris and shoreline cleanup effort that engages people across the state to remove litter from coastlines and waterways. For more information, call (808) 877-2524 or email [email protected].
- Habitat for Humanity’s Golf Extravaganza 2014: which was originally scheduled for Saturday Oct. 18, will be postponed to Saturday Nov. 22 at 7 a.m. due to Hurricane Ana. For more information, please contact Habitat for Humanity’s office at (808) 242-1140.
- Carden Academy of Maui Fall Festival: that was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come join the fun with Three’s bar and Grill Food Truck, Brenton Keith magic show, family rummage sale, local vendors, face painting, pumpkins, games with prizes, fun activities, and crafts. Same festival… new date. For more information visit the Carden Academy website or call (808) 573-6651.
- 19th Annual Stand for Children Rally and Celebration: planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Lahaina at The Outlets of Maui, is cancelled due to Tropical Storm Ana. The annual event allows community partners from across Maui to come and share about their programs and services, raising awareness of parents and families of the services that are available to them in the community. Organizers with Maui Family Support Services will provide an update to advise the public on when next years event will take place.
- Līpoa Street Farmers Market: in Kīhei will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 18, due to the approaching storm. The event will reopen on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 a.m. This is the second time this year that organizers will be cancelling the Līpoa Street Farmer’s Market due to the approaching storms. Organizers plan to be back next week with Organic Produce and Fruits from Maui.
- Upcountry Farmer’s Market: in Pukalani will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
- Wailuku Hongwanji Mission 115th Anniversary: Committee announced that, due to Hurricane Ana expecting to impact Maui County this weekend, its 115th Anniversary Special Commemoration Service and Celebratory Brunch scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 is postponed until Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Due to the expected storm, there will be no service in the temple on the morning of Oct. 19, 2014. For more information, call 244-0406.
- Upcountry Little League Registration Postponed: Due to the storm, Upcountry Little League will move its scheduled registration day of Oct. 18 at the Pukalani Pool Room to Oct. 26 at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone with questions can call Lianne Ventura at 214-4501.
- Kahului School has postponed the PTSA Cookie Fundraiser: pickup was initially scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, but the pickup has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 25.
- Lānaʻi Mouflon Sheep Rifle Hunt: that was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, has been cancelled for public safety due to the approaching tropical storm Ana. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources issued the cancellation today. For further information, contact the Hawaii DOFAW office at (808) 974-4221 or Maui DOFAW office at (808) 984-8100.
- Fall Harvest Festival: a fundraiser for Haku Baldwin Center’s non-profit therapeutic programs that was scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 444 Makawao Avenue, has been cancelled. The center is switching focus from event planning to emergency preparations. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time. Proceeds from the annual event traditionally support programs for children with special needs, military veterans, seniors, and patients of all ages. Questions can be directed to Chrissy Stout at [email protected]. Updates for future events will be posted on hakubaldwincenter.org and the center’s Facebook page.
***If you have closure or cancellation information, please send to [email protected].