MAJOR hurricane heading toward Hawaii

Aug 7th, 2009, 08:33 AM
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OH goodness... hoping all our fodorties on the islands are going to be safe and that this passes over...
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Aug 7th, 2009, 12:59 PM
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I live on Oahu and I'm not at all concerned about the looming storm coming our way. I welcome it! We need the rain and the wind! Cools things down, cleans things up and makes it all green again.

As for doing things in the rain - well, it's always raining somewhere on these islands so you just sort of plan for it. I would LOVE to do Haleakala in the rain. It would be beautiful to see it like that.

RebeccaNJ - thank your lucky stars that rain is coming for the road to Hana - it will make the dozens of waterfalls that much more spectacular. No rain lately, so they are not really as beautiful as they are after a good rain!

That being said - if we do get a lot of rain, stay out of the ocean. Storm run-off is not good to swim in and can bring out the predators in murky water. And stay out of rivers as well - flash floods can hit and sweep you out to sea. This happens a lot here.

Check with this local news station for good updates: http://www.kitv.com/index.html
They keep up to minute with the news more than the Honolulu Advertiser does.

Again, I wouldn't be too concerned. It will probably be stormy and rainy but that does bring a whole new way of seeing things here.

Aloha!
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Aug 7th, 2009, 08:47 PM
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I am also leaving for Maui this Sunday and was looking forward to snorkeling, luau, Road to Hana, and Haleakala. I'm slightly irritated right now because of this. But it's a good thing I got a heads up by checking out the weather online. I'm hoping it won't be as bad as the weather forecasts...but still! =\
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Aug 7th, 2009, 09:55 PM
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If it keeps going toward Big Island, Big Island will be the only island really affected. The other islands may get a little needed rain. The massive Big Island mountains will knock the hurricanes winds down fast.

If it veers south of the Big Island then any island could get hit if it then takes a northern track after passing Big Island as Iniki did.

If it veers north of the Big Island, then it will be in cooler water & weaken & just bring needed rain to all islands.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 05:17 AM
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I follow the weather forecasts of Glenn James, whose website is recommended above by martym. His latest word is that Maui will get a good soaking Monday and Tuesday, with fair weather expected to return by Wednesday. Good news for me, since I'll be arriving on Aug 18th for a short stay. The rain is good news for Maui, though. I have never seen things so brown and dry as on my last visit in January.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 05:31 AM
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We leave tomorrow for Kauai - Poipu to be exact - I don't know with it being the farthest north if there will be less impact. Just not looking forward to being stuck in a hotel room with a 7 & 4 year old.

I agree about being irritated - this is our "big" trip for the summer and when have been looking forward to it since school got out in May. However we have spent the last 2 summers in Costa Rica during the start of their rainy season and were even impacted a bit by Hurrican Dean, but it never kept us from doing what we wanted to.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 06:15 AM
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We were in Princeville in Dec of 91 when a 'weak' tropical storm hit, it killed 5 due to flooding. Iniki deaths were limited to 6 partially because people were prepared and remembered what happened just months earlier. Anyways the main road washed out and trapped people on both sides, the Princeville resort(Class Act) allowed people to sleep in their lobby that night and the next.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 06:20 AM
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I have been following the weather reports of Glenn James, too, all day yesterday and today. I have not cancelled yet, but will most likely do so. My flight is tomorrow, and I was supposed to be in Maui until Thursday. I am thinking that I will be stuck in the hotel until Wed and that the ocean will be too rough all week to ever get in it. I have been looking forward to this trip, as well. I am hoping to take the plane credit and use it to go to Hawaii another time. However, for me, that won't be until at least April or maybe next summer (sigh). I would rather go when I can see the Maui I've been dreaming about. Anyway, my husband had already asked for the time off, and this is it, our vacation time, so now we are scambling to figure out where we can go. We live in NJ and would like to drive somewhere. We have already explored New England thoroughly, and are thinking of just getting in the car and driving south. We have never seen the beaches of either North or South Carolina and really want to do a "beach" somewhere! Anywhere! Is it just too crazy hot down South this time of year? Always wanted to see Charleston and the Sea Islands. I want to see something "different" than NJ, as much as I like the Jersey Shore. Trying to make the best of the situation, lemon out of lemonaid. I am glad the people of Hawaii will be safe.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 06:26 AM
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Bummer Rebecca - can you rebook for the islands? Shorter flight for you - some great deals on hotels I keep seeing down there!
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Aug 8th, 2009, 06:35 AM
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I truly wish I were getting on a plane to Maui tomorrow morning. From what I've read the storm is weakening and not expected until mon/tues and may have weakened to a tropical depression by then.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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By the islands do you mean the Caribbean? I thought about that, but would rather save the plane "credit" to go to Hawaii later (I paid a lot). It looks like we will be doing a "road trip", which we haven't done since we were in our early twenties (we are late thirties now. It is a strange situation, we can basically drive anywhere, we basically have a wide open free 10-12 days, which never happens, and I guess the open road. Don't want to waste the time, want to see something, anything! Want to feel like I got out of NJ this summer (love NJ, but have wander lust)
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Aug 8th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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I think we're just gonna suck it up and go. We've been looking forward to this trip (five of us) and we've booked our luau and everything. So why the heck not, right? We'll be there 'til the following Monday so hopefully we can make up some lost time from the rain.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 02:00 PM
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safe journey isabeiny! I would go in a heartbeat. The storm is likely to just be a bit of weather. There may or may not be some big rain. But rain and paradise are a requirement to make rainbows and waterfalls. I was sad to hear people canceling their dream vacation. But then I adore weather and some require that the long journey guarentees sunshine and swimmable beaches.

I wish you grand adventures and fond memories in the making. such an exciting time to visit the islands, all wet and lush and rejuvinated.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 02:15 PM
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Gyppie,
You are right about the waterfalls and rainbows. We caught a heliocopter ride after the storm past...WOW!! N shore Kauai waterfalls like that are a once in a lifetime sight
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Aug 8th, 2009, 03:18 PM
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Don't cancel your trip!!!! Just got back from 3 weeks. 2 weeks on Kauai and 1 week on the big island. Weather or no weather it is beautiful. We were on Kauai where it rained for 15 hours straight on north and east side as well as inland. Headed to the west shore beaches and had a great day. Beautiful rainbows and waterfalls. The storm will be over before you knoiw it.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 05:09 PM
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Thank you very much! I am really excited now that the weather isn't as bad as I imagined it would be. You're right; without rain, we'd have no rainbows and waterfalls!

P.S. I do hope the Road to Hana would be safe to take, yes?
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Aug 8th, 2009, 05:43 PM
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You can check Maui road conditions online or by telephone while you are on the island. The Maui News (daily paper) will have info, also. I would wait a couple days after major rainfall and/or windstorm to do the drive. It is not uncommon for overflowing streams to lead to bridge closures and mud or debris on road. Give crews a chance to clean things up, then go enjoy those beautiful waterfalls.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 06:58 PM
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party on Isabeiny! Check the locals for road conditions, but a bit of rain is normal or rather hoped for on the road to Hana. Hope you have grand adventures. I just cannot imagine cancelling a trip under these conditions. But then again, I am from New England where weather changes like the weather!
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Aug 8th, 2009, 07:01 PM
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and please, please, please

don't turn your back on the ocean and respect its power, and when hiking on slippery slopes protect your head if you should fall

other than that

enjoy!
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Aug 8th, 2009, 07:52 PM
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Thanks for the tip, gyppie!
I just checked KITV and got this:

http://www.kitv.com/severeweather/3533440/detail.html

Still trying to stay positive. We're arriving Sunday night so we should be (hopefully) comfy in our condo before it hits. Gaaah.
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