Hurricane Lane

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As Hurricane Lane approached the islands, West Maui residents prepared for wind and rain. Instead, they were awakened by three brush fires that burned more than 2,000 acres. Since then, the community has come together to help the hardest-hit families rebuild.

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It’s been a little more than a week since Hurricane Lane passed by Hawaii. The storm brought torrential rains to some parts of the state—especially certain areas of Hawaii Island. The Kona districts were fairly unscathed, while districts from South Kohala through Ka’u were hit hard--especially in East Hawaii. The recovery has begun, but it’s moving in stages.

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Hawaiʻi Island is still drying out from record-breaking rainfall it received during Hurricane Lane. But as HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports prolonged wet weather could have a lasting impact on Big Island farmers.

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The day Hurricane Lane was set to hit Oahu we brought a cross-section of people on our show to talk how to keep our residents and visitors safe. One of those guests was Dennis Hwang, a Sea Grant specialist who co-authored a book on Disaster Preparedness that includes new guidelines to help determine if your house is strong enough to withstand tropical or hurricane force winds.



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Lessons from Lane


Among the many businesses impacted by Hurricane Lane is a used bookstore and music owner. Royce Wilson is grateful for his friends who have come to his rescue and who are starting a go fund me page as the shop owner and his landlord do not have flood insurance. Wilson is frustrated that he can’t stop the water seeping through concrete walls in the building. His landlord has sump pumps going and the Fire Dept has helped to reduce the flooding but he is frustrated that he can’t file a claim for damages just yet.

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  Bernice, Emmett and Lonesome George were treated to a downtown Honolulu stay thanks to Hurricane Lane. Not a big deal--but we are talking snails. Endangered ones.

We talked with a Kapaa Hee who works with the state’s endangered snail program who was preparing to spend the weekend snail sitting.


Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Parts of the state are still recovering from Hurricane Lane, which is now a tropical storm. Hawai‘i residents spent several days holed up in their homes anticipating the hurricane’s arrival. As HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports, some residents found a creative way to wait out the storm.

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All tropical storm warnings and watches been canceled for the state.

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Across the islands, residents and visitors are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Lane. Fire and rain have forced evacuations across the Big Island and Maui overnight. Tourists are scrambling as airlines have canceled some flights. There are pockets of power outages across various islands due to the gusty winds even though the Hurricane has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm. Hurricane Lane’s advance has slowed to 2 miles an hour.

Billie Hiraishi

The dangers of a powerful hurricane making landfall in Hawaiʻi are real for everyone. But the state’s homeless community is left especially vulnerable to the uncertainties of Hurricane Lane as it makes its final approach toward the islands. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.

Below you will find a list of emegency shelters open on each island. If you choose to relocate to a shelter, don't forget to bring a 3-day supply of medications and pet food. In some cases, the shelters do not provide food or water - so intend to bring your own. You should also take with you your own bedding and other emergency supplies. Shelters in bold are pet friendly, those with pets must have them in a pet carrier or cage for safety.


Prepare, prepare, prepare. You can’t stress that enough according to Lily Bui. She works with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center and is studying the resiliency of island communities like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.

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How do sick and injured people get help during a storm? It’s a matter of life and death for some patients riding out the storm in hospitals, long-term care facilities or at home.

Maintaining the healthcare system during an emergency is the job of Chris Crabtree. He’s the Director of Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management.

NOAA National Weather Service

The effects of Hurricane Lane are being felt on the Big Island and has prompted State and County leaders to take immediate action.


The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has been tracking Hurricane Lane and has been issuing updates throughout the day. HPR’s News Director, Bill Dorman,  joined us to talk about the latest developments.  The Hawaiian Islands continue to remain vulnerable as Category 4 Hurricane Lane passes south of Hawaii Island. You can track the system online at  

State and Counties Brace for Hurricane Lane

Aug 21, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The State and Counties are preparing for Hurricane Lane, which is moving toward the island chain.