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Maui Closures due to Madeline.

Maui Closures due to Madeline.

*Below is a list of closures associated with Madeline and Lester for Maui County.  The list is updated regularly to reflect the most current updates and information.  Please check back frequently for the latest.

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Cancellations/Postponed Events/Closures:

DLNR State forest areas on Maui reopen: All forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves and Na Ala Hele hiking trails will be opened at noon today, with the EXCEPTION of the Lanai GMA, which will remain closed. There will be a makeup Lānaʻi mouflon sheep rifle hunt on Oct. 29-30, 2016 for those hunters impacted by this cancellation. The public is advised to use extreme caution due to heavy rainfall and other weather-related hazards.

Haleakalā National Park Partial Closure: As of 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016; the backcountry area of Haleakalā National Park reopened at the Summit. Visitors should expect rainy, wet and possibly windy conditions. Park closures at this time are limited to the Pools at ʻOheʻo in the Kīpahulu District of the park. Full details:


Haleakalā National Park Partial Closure

Hāna Bay will be closed for the rest of the day today (Firday, Sept. 2) and tomorrow, (Saturday, Sept. 3). Anyone with questions or concerns may call the Hāna office at 357-8125.

Maui County Parks/Pools/Facilities: Maui County parks, beach parks, pools and other facilities will remain open this weekend, weather permitting, with the possible exception of Baldwin Beach Park, which may require closure due to erosion that has already damaged the pavilion area and Hāna Bay which is closed through Saturday. Park maintenance crews will evaluate the status of Baldwin Beach on Saturday morning and determine whether the park will open or close.

Maui DOE Schools to Close at Noon on Friday, Sept. 2:


All Department of Education schools and offices in Maui County will be closing at noon on Friday, Sept. 2, due to preparations for Hurricane Lester. All after-school activities are cancelled and parents are advised to make necessary arrangements.  Further details are posted at the following link:

Maui County School Closures Due to Lester

Charter School Info: There are two charter schools in Maui County.   Kualapuʻu Public Conversion Charter School on Molokaʻi will be closed on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016; and Kīhei Charter School will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

Private School Early Closures: Seabury Hall will close at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.  School administrators say lunch will be served and buses will depart at 12:30 p.m.  All afternoon and weekend activities, including athletics are cancelled for Seabury Hall.  The Christ The King Child Development Center will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Also on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016: St. Anthony Preschool- children will be released at noon; St. Anthony School grades 6-12 will be released at 12:45 p.m.; and St. Anthony Grade School will be releasing their children at 1:15 p.m. St. Anthony administrators say parents are asked to pick up their children in a timely fashion as our faculty will be released soon after to take care of their families. All after school care, athletics and events are cancelled. Noah’s Ark Early Childhood Center in Kahului is closing at 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. St. Joseph E.L.C. Makawo Maui will be closed on Friday, Sept. 2 due to hurricane Lester.  Classes at St. Joseph will resume on Sept. 6thFull details at the following link:


MIL Sports: All MIL sports scheduled for this weekend will be postponed until a later date. There will be no practices nor will other activities be allowed once school is out on Friday, Sept. 2. All student athletes should go home after being released from school on Friday. The football game between Kekaulike and Lahainaluna scheduled for Friday night will be played on Monday, Sept. 5, at Kekaulike High School at 6 p.m. The football game between Baldwin and Maui scheduled for Saturday night will be played at the War Memorial stadium on Monday, Sept. 5, at 3:30 p.m. (JV) and 6 p.m. (Varsity). All other sports will be rescheduled next week.

UH Closures in Maui County Ahead of Hurricane Lester: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College and all other UH facilities in Maui County will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, and all events and classes are cancelled tomorrow after noon and Saturday ahead of Hurricane Lester.  The facilities that will close include: UH Maui College; Hāna Education Center; Lānaʻi Education Center; Lahaina Education Center Molokaʻi Education Center; All UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources facilities in Maui County; and all UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy facilities in Maui County. Events cancelled include:* Maui Swap Meet on the UH Maui College campus.  Updates, if any, will be sent to the UH community via UH email and/or UH Alert text message. Full details are posted at the following link:

UH Closures in Maui County Ahead of Hurricane Lester

Maui County Courts to Close Due to Projected Severe Weather Conditions: State courthouses and judiciary offices in Maui County will be closing at 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, due to severe weather conditions being projected by the National Weather Service. These closures include district courts on Molokai and Lanai, as well as the Children’s Justice Center, Office of the Public Guardian, and the Driver’s Education Office. The Chief Justice issued an order extending deadlines for any Maui County court matters with a filing or hearing date of Friday, September 2, 2016. Additional details are available at the following link:

Maui County Courts to Close Due to Projected Severe Weather

STATUS OF SHELTERS: Shelter locations have been placed on standby, and will be opened if needed. If there is a need to open shelters, locations will be announced and available at

Maui Bus Routes: Regular MauiBus routes that include shelter locations will be run on a normal daily schedule on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016; riders needing Para-transit may make same-day reservations.  Maui Bus expects to continue its routes will operate on a regular schedule throughout the day unless road conditions are unsafe or road closures are in effect.

Landfills: All Maui County landfills will operate today and through the weekend on a normal schedule.

Maui County Employees to be Released Early: As a precaution, County of Maui employees will be released at noon on Friday, Sept. 2, in conjunction with the early release of State employees, including DOE teachers and staff. County essential employees and those assisting with emergency management operations will continue to monitor and respond as needed. The Department of Water Supply Cashier’s Window in the County Building will close at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

Public Urged to Take Final Precautions in Advance of Hurricane Lester

Hawaii Ports: Currently (as of 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016) all commercial ports are open throughout the main Hawaiian Islands. Note: There are no anticipated port closures at this time, however port closures are subject to change depending on the path of the storm. Full details are available at the following post:

Coast Guard Continues to Monitor Hurricane Lester

LANAI FERRY CANCELLATIONS:   Expeditions’ Lānaʻi Ferry has canceled the 6:45 a.m. boat from Lahaina and the 8 a.m. boat from Lānaʻi for Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.  Cancellations for Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 include the 5:45 p.m. ferry to Lānaʻi and the 6:45 ferry to Maui.  Cancellations for Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 include the 6:45 a.m. ferry out of Lahaina and the 8 a.m. ferry out of Lānaʻi.  Additional cancellations may be added to the list as the company assesses forecasts and storm updates.   *Please check back for updates to this post as new information surfaces.

MAUI VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic is Closed at Noon on Friday, Sept. 2:  To ensure safety of Maui Veterans and staff, the Maui CBOC will close at noon on Sept. 2.  If you have an urgent need, please call the VA Call Center 1-800-465-8387.   All appointments which have been cancelled will be rescheduled for as soon as possible.

The Kalakupua Playground in Haʻikū is postponing their volunteer workday scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 2nd.  The next workday will be Saturday, Sept. 17 from 2-6 p.m. Questions? Call Jen Livingston at 268-7913. Also, if you see anything that needs repair on the playground, let the Haʻikū Community Association know by emailing [email protected] or calling 268-7913.

State Park Camping/Lodging Closed to Overnight Use: Due to the uncertainty over the track of approaching Hurricane Lester, all Hawai‘i island, Maui, and O‘ahu State Park camping and lodging areas will be closed to overnight use beginning Friday, Sept. 2 and will remain closed — at minimum through Monday, Sept. 5 — until conditions warrant allowing these activities.

DLNR Forestry Closures: Division of Forestry and Wildlife forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Nā Ala Hele hiking trails, forest campgrounds and game management areas, will remain closed until further notice. Camping permits for this weekend are cancelled until further notice. For public safety, DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife is canceling the following scheduled weekend hunts for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, 2016.  Full details are posted at the following link:

DLNR Keeps Areas Closed in Anticipation of Hurricane Lester

Lānaʻi Mouflon sheep rifle hunt – There will be a makeup hunt scheduled for Oct. 29-30, 2016 for those hunters impacted by this cancellation. For further information, contact the Maui DOFAW office at (808) 984-8100.

Boys & Girls Club: Upcountry and Central, plus Kīhei Youth Center are all closed for after school care.

80s Night: This event was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, at the Maui Beach Hotel, but is cancelled.  The next one is not until Sept 23, 2016.

HawaiiUSA FCU To Close Maui Branches as Hurricane Lester Approaches

Wailuku First Friday, Sept 2 Edition Cancelled: This event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Lester.  Makaha Sons was scheduled to perform, but has been notified of the cancellation.

CANCELLED: Makaha Sons Headline Festivals of Aloha Edition of First Friday in Wailuku

Upcountry Farmers Market: regularly held in the Parking lot by Longs at Kulamalu, has been cancelled for Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 due to Hurricane Lester.

Kēōkea Homestead Event Cancelled: Due to expected Inclement weather, Kēōkea Homestead Farm Lots Association has decided to cancel its upcoming 3rd Annual Kēōkea Ho’olaule’a on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Everyone will receive a full refund of booth fees to the address shown on check that was sent with their application. Organizers will keep participants in the loop, should they decide to do the event on another weekend. Full details are posted at the following link:

30th Anniversary of Maui’s Only Agricultural Homestead

15th Annual Chow Fun Fundraiser Postponed: Haleakala Lions Club, Maui Lions Club, and the Maui High School HOSA club would like to announce that the 15th Annual Chow Fun Fundraiser that was scheduled for this weekend, Sept. 3, has been postponed due to the hurricanes.  The fundraiser has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The chow fun may be picked up at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission, 1828 Vineyard street, Wailuku from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. For more information, contact Frank Hamasaki at 283-9691.

ILWU Labor Day Celebration Cancelled: The ILWU on Maui has cancelled its Labor Day celebration that was planned for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. due to the impending tropical storm and hurricane and concern for the public safety the ILWU Local 142 has canceled the event.

MAUI Nui Botanical Gardens: Has cancelled its Kalo ʻAi a Koʻu Mauka event that was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 with Nameaaea Hoshino.

I Ka Nani O Lele:  has been re-scheduled for Sat, Oct 22, 2016. This event was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Lahainaluna High School.  I Ka Nani O Lele is the Lahainaluna PTSA’s 1st Annual Festival.

Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce workshop: The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce’s business meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m. at Tante’s Island Cuisine will be postponed to another date.  Chamber officials announced they are finding a new date in September are notifying their membership and those registered/interested the event.

Workshop: Business Trends, Post-Sugar on Maui

Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament Postponed Due to Approaching Storms:  Maui Electric and Kā‘anapali Golf Courses will be postponing the 8th Annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament scheduled on Sunday, September 4, due to approaching storms Hurricane Madeline and Hurricane Lester. Participants were notified earlier today and will be contacted again as updated event information becomes available.

Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament Postponed Due to Approaching Storms

Maui County Libraries’ Programs Cancelled Aug. 31-Sept. 2:  Due to Hurricane Madeline, all Hawaii Island public libraries will be closed and programs cancelled Wednesday, Aug. 31 – Thursday, Sept. 1.  In addition, all Maui County public libraries’ programs will be cancelled Aug. 31 – Sept. 2.

EAS Siren Warning Test Cancelled:   After consultation with the four counties, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency cancelled the Sept. 1 Outdoor Warning Siren Test. The combination of the World Conservation Congress with delegates from 170 countries, a visit by President Barak Obama and the approach of two powerful hurricanes has emergency management officials concerned the siren testing may result in public confusion.  In lieu of this cancellation, the coordinated test of the Emergency Alert System for broadcasting stations in Hawaii AKA the “Required Monthly Test” is rescheduled to next Friday-6/9/16 at 11:15 a.m..  The next monthly Outdoor Warning Siren Test and test of the Emergency Alert System in Hawaiʻi will as scheduled on Oct. 3, 2016.

Maui Tree-Planting in Honor of Senator Daniel K. Inouye to be Rescheduled:  This event, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, is being postponed to a future date, to be announced.  It is being rescheduled for a later date due to the inclement weather forecast in association with approaching hurricane systems Madeline and Lester.

Maui Tree-Planting in Honor of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Haleakalā NP Closures: Friday‘s closures, Sept. 2, 2016The only closure at this time are the Pools of ʻOheʻo and all campgrounds in both the Summit and Kīpahulu districts. Tonight’s closures: Haleakalā National Park, Summit District will be closing at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 until further notice. This closure includes all backcountry areas and sunrise operations for the morning of Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The park will re-open when it is safe to do so. Please check the following for the latest updates regarding park operations, as conditions may change at any time: Park Closure line: 808-572-4400, option 2.

HawaiiUSA FCU Branch Closures: As Hurricane Lester continues on its track, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union has decided to close its Kahului and Kīhei Branches on Maui on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Full details at the following link:

HawaiiUSA FCU To Close Maui Branches as Hurricane Lester Approaches

Young Brothers Sailing Schedule Changes on Maui:  All Young Brothers port operations and sailings are subject to port closures and other direction provided by the USCG, Captain of the Port, as well as the DOT. Updates will be issued on operations for each port of call as they may be affected by the storm.  Scheduled changes can be found at the following direct link:

YB Shipping Schedule Changes Due to Hurricane Lester

Hawaiian Airlines offers reservation change waivers for Big Island travel due to Hurricane Madeline:  Guests are advised to check for the latest updates on scheduled flights. Effective immediately, guests holding tickets for travel to/from/via the Island of Hawaii—Kona (KOA) and Hilo (ITO)—on Hawaiian Airlines flights between Aug. 31, 2016, through Sept. 1, 2016, will be permitted a one-time reservation change with waiver of change fee under certain guidelines.  Details are posted at the following direct link:

Hawaiian Airlines Offers Madeline Reservation Change Waivers for Big Island Travel

Island Air Travel Period Extended: Airline Waives Change Fees During Lester:  Island Air has extended the travel period for customers needing to change their travel plans due to Hurricane Lester. Effective immediately, customers ticketed for travel on Island Air from Aug. 31, 2016 through Sept. 4, 2016 will be permitted to change their reservations without charge to ticketed flights through Sept. 10, 2016. Changes must be made prior to the original departure date and ticketed on or before Sept. 4, 2016. Changes must be made by Island Air personnel through the reservations department, or at the airport. Normal refund rules will apply.  Additional information is available at the following direct link:


Island Air to Waive Change Fees During Hurricanes Madeline and Lester

Maui Electric Urges Public to be Prepared Ahead of Hurricanes: As Maui Electric employees prepare for potential impacts from approaching Hurricanes Madeline and Lester, Maui Electric wants to remind customers that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted, especially during an emergency situation. Learn more at the following link:

Maui Electric Urges Public to be Prepared as Storms Approach

Power Restored to 7,817 Customers in Upcountry and Nāpili

Click Here for Big Island Closures Due to Approaching Hurricanes.


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