Hurricane Lane

Note from 8/25: Although Lane is no longer a Hurricane, we will continue to update this page with road and harbor information as we receive it.

Latest department news release on Tropical Cyclone Lane

UPDATE for Airports, Harbors, Highways statewide at 5 p.m. Aug. 25, 2018 here.

Airport statewide are in full operations. Ticketed and confirmed passengers are reminded to check their flight status with their airline before heading to the airport. Please be patient and expect crowds at airports as airlines make up for earlier cancellations.

Harbors statewide have been returned to “Hurricane Season Preparedness” as the harbor of Kaumalapau, Lanai was taken out of “Zulu” as of 11 AM 8/25. Normal operations resume with caution thanks to the efforts of the USCG, HHUG members and Captain of the Port Michael Long.

NCL’s Pride of America is expected to arrive early Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Confirmed passengers are asked to check with NCL prior to coming to Honolulu Harbor by calling 1-800-327-7030.

Highways Updates:

‪Update 7:20 AM 8/29 – #Kauai update  Hanalei Bridge is open. Kūhiō Hwy through Hanalei town is open. The Kūhiō Hwy convoy from Waikoko to Wainiha is closed as crews continue to clean the road. #hitraffic #hiwx‬

Update 6:30 AM 8/29 – #Kauai #hitraffic update Our crews have cleared Kuhio Highway at Hanalei Bridge and will be opening soon. There is still ponding on the road so access in the area will be limited to a single lane. We will be working on clearing mud and debris on the road between Waikoko and Wainiha and will make an announcement on the convoy operations soon.

Update 2:00 PM 8/28 – (Kauai) Significant flooding has been reported on Kuhio Hwy in Wainiha. The Kuhio Hwy convoy operations from Waikoko to Wainiha remain on hold until conditions subside and the roadway is cleared.

Update 10:40 AM 8/28 – (Kauai) Roads are experiencing ponding at the following areas: Nawilili Rd at Lala Rd; Halewili Rd at Kaumualii Hwy; Kuhio Hwy near Wailua Golf Course. The roads are open, but drive with caution.

Update 6:00 AM 8/28 – (Kauai) Kuhio Hwy at Hanalei Bridge is closed due to the rising river. There is debris on the highway between Waikoko and Wainiha at MM 5 and also before Hanalei Bridge at MM 1. Convoy operations are on hold. Avoid the areas. #hitraffic #hiwx

Update 6:30 PM 8/25:  (Maui) Kahekili Highway is clear. Landslide over both lanes of Honoapiilani Highway at MM 38.

Update 5:45 PM 8/25: (Maui) Hana Highway is clear as of 5:45 PM 8/25. Motorists are asked to continue to use caution as the adjacent slopes are saturated.

Update 5 PM 8/25: (Hawaii Island) The rock has come down on Highway 19 near Kaawali Gulch. We will let traffic through intermittently while we clear the debris from the road.

Update 4 PM 8/25: (Hawaii Island) Crews are working to remove unstable material from slope above Highway 19 at Kaawali Gulch. Road is closed until further notice.

(Maui) Crews responding to landslide on Kahekili Highway at mile marker 4. Avoid the area.

Update 3 PM 8/25: (Oahu) Fallen tree removed and right hand lane of Pali Highway townbound has been reopened.

Update 2 PM 8/25: (Maui) Large tree down on Hana Highway at mm 8 and multiple slides.

Update as of 11 AM Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 – (Hawaii Island) Hawaii District crews are setting up a single lane closure on Highway 11 at mile marker 30 of cleaning and inspection. Please use caution if driving in the area (Volcano) and continue to check Hawaii County’s map for county road closures.

Update as of 7 AM Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 – (Oahu) Fallen tree blocking both lanes of Pali Highway Honolulu bound by the reservoir. HDOT crew and HPD are on the way. The Kailua bound direction of Pali Hwy remains closed as a precaution. Some debris came down in that direction as well and HDOT crews will clear and inspect the slopes near the tunnels.

Update as of 7 AM Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 – (Kauai) Convoys to and from Wainiha/Haena for residents will run on the Sunday/Holiday schedule today (8/25) weather permitting. The Sunday/Holiday schedule is on our website at: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/08/13/updated-schedule-for-limited-local-access-to-wainiha-haena-via-kuhio-highway-effective-august-15/

(Hawaii Island) Hawaii County reporting all major roads open with the exception of parts of Highway 11. An interactive map of road closures related to Lane can be found at https://hawaiicountygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=da4344d7a9994d2581f071b57a36f8fd

Update as of 6:30 AM Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 – (Maui) Hana Highway is clear. All previously reported landslides and fallen trees, including the landslide at mile marker 23.5 at 4:40 AM have been cleared. Mahalo to our Kahului and Keanae crews!

(Molokai) Molokai crew clearing debris in fords on Kamehameha V Highway between mile markers 10 and 27.

Update as of 11:45 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Traffic signal is back up at Piilani Highway and Kilohana Drive. Hana Highway is passable at mile marker 17 and crew has cleared mile marker 14, headed to mile marker 9.5.

Update as of 11:25 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Hawaii Island) Both lanes of Highway 11 are CLOSED between the 58 and 62 mile markers in Kau due to flooding in the Kawa area as reported by HPD around 11 PM.

(Maui) Avoid Hana Highway. Multiple landslides at mile markers 14, 20.5, 21.5 and 22.5 and water topping the road at the bridge at mile marker 17. Crews are also responding to a traffic signal outage at Piilani Highway/Kilohana Drive Intersection in the Kihei/Wailea area. Treat as a four way stop if you need to be out there.

Update as of 7:54 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Power out to seven intersections on Honoapiilani Highway from Dickenson to Kapunakea. Estimated to be out overnight.

Update as of 7:25 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Crews responding to landslide at mm 20.5 and fallen tree at mm 22 on Hana Highway

Update as of 6:55 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Hana Highway cleared.

Updates as of 5 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

(Hawaii Island)

  • Bayfront Highway in Hilo remains closed due to flooding on the road.
  • Kohala Mountain Road opened as of 11:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
  • Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) north of Hawi was closed due to a landslide involving several 20-30-foot tall trees. Road was opened early today; however, a second landslide blocked access at MM 25 at 8:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, this second landslide was cleared as of 4:39 p.m.
  • Highway 19 near Honomu experienced more than 14 landslides causing four complete road closures. The road is limited to single lane emergency access from mile marker 0 to mile marker 32.
  • Saddle Road/Daniel K. Inouye Highway between mile markers 8.9 and 11.1 were closed due to water and debris crossing the road. The road was reopened to single lane guided access as of 6:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 and fully reopened as of 4:40 p.m.

(Maui)

  • Honoapiilani Highway and Kahekili Highway in West Maui were closed due to the Lahaina and Kaanapali fires. Honoapiilani Highway was reopened Friday morning. Kahekili Highway in West Maui remains closed. Kahului crews are assisting with water tankers.
  • Kahului crews cleared fallen trees and branches on Honoapiilani Highway, Kula Highway, Kekaulike Avenue and Crater Road.
  • Due to power outages, signals were out along Haleakala Highway, Kula Highway and Honoapiilani Highway. Signals on Honoapiilani Highway at Leialii Parkway (at the Civic Center) and lower Honoapiilani Highway Road remain out.
  • Landslides on Hana Highway mile markers 10, 15, and 20 were cleared; however, a fallen tree has blocked the highway again at mile marker 20.

(Oahu)

  • Kailua/Kaneohe bound lanes of Pali Highway closed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 and will be opened following post storm assessments.
  • Left lanes of the H-3 Freeway at the Harano Tunnels have been closed for equipment staging and will remain closed until equipment is deployed or no longer needed.
  • Oahu District crews responded to fallen trees on Ala Moana Boulevard, Likelike Highway, H-1 westbound at School Street, Kamehameha Highway at Ehukai Beach, and Farrington Highway at Hakimo Road. Crews also responded to a utility pole fire near Ulehawa Beach Park and debris on Likelike Highway before Kahekili Highway.
  • Eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of Farrington Highway at Kahe Power Plant reopened following fire.

(Kauai)

  • Maintenance crews staging at state baseyard.
  • HDOT inspected Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 and following consultation with Kauai Emergency Management Agency will run the convoy for limited local access on the Sunday/Holiday schedule until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Determination on access for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 will be made after assessment of the route.
  • Wailua contraflow will not run on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

Update as of 2:30 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Landslide blocking both lanes of Hana Highway at mile marker 20.

Updates as of 2 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

(Hawaii Island) Crews continue to work on clearing the subsequent landslides on Akoni Pule Highway at mile marker 25. Saddle Road/Daniel K. Inouye Highway is open with contraflow. Bayfront Highway remains closed. Highway 19 at mile marker 3.47, 6, 19, 21.76 closed due to multiple landslides; mile marker 11 open with large potholes in both directions; Hakalau Bridge and Kaawali remain closed.

(Maui) Hana Highway in Kaupo at mile markers 10 and 15 have landslides blocking one lane. Traffic signals out on Honoapiilani Highway and the bypass.

(Oahu) Farrington Hwy near Kahe Power Plant – eastbound lanes open, one westbound lane open. Road closed earlier due to brush fire; crews will shelter-in-place at baseyards around the island.

(Kauai) Limited local access to Wainiha and Haena via Kuhio Highway to close after 4 pm Wainiha to Hanalei trip. Wailua contraflow on Kuhio Highway will not run on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Update 10:10 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – Please avoid unnecessary travel!

(Hawaii Island) Heavy rains causing potholes on HWY 19 at MM 11.

(Oahu) Crews responding to reported debris on Likelike Highway past Kahekili Highway. All other routes are open aside from the planned closures of Pali Highway Kailua bound at the tunnels and the left lanes of H-3 at Harano Tunnels.

Update 9:40 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Honoapiilani Highway southbound opened.

Update 8:50 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Hawaii Island) Landslide on HWY 19 at MM 3.8 blocking one lane. Landslide on Akoni Pule (HWY 270) at MM 25 blocking both lanes.

Update 7:25 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Hawaii Island) Akoni Pule (HWY 270) north of Hawi open to local traffic; trees of concern above slopes have been removed. Kohala Mountain Road remains closed. HWY 19 closed at mile markers 2, 6, 15, 19. Saddle Road above Hilo open with contraflow; approximately 2.3 miles of the shoulder has been eroded.

Update 7:00 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Kauai) Kuhio Hwy from Waikoko to Wainiha will reopen with a Sunday/Holiday convoy schedule until noon today. Further assessments will continue throughout the day. The convoy will continue if weather and conditions permit. Drive safe. For more info and the convoy schedule click here.

Update 6:40 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Kauai) HDOT crews are inspecting Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha to determine if we can resume the escorted convoys this morning. Please keep in mind, even if the Highway is reopened, crews will be continuously evaluating the route and could close at a moment’s notice is conditions warrant.

Update 6:20 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Hawaii Island) Saddle Road in the area of the 10.5 mile marker above Hilo is alternating traffic with a pilot car due to a landslide and large rocks on the road. HDOT crews are on scene and working to remove the debris.

Update 6:10 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Hawaii Island) Highway 19 at mile marker 6 (Puueo-paku) is closed due to a landslide. No alternate route at this time. Avoid the area.  http://nixle.us/ACJ5C

Update 6:05 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Oahu) Likelike Highway is open. All trees and debris have been removed and lanes are clear. Drive safely.

Update 5:45 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Oahu) Crews responding to a fallen tree on the shoulder of the H-1 westbound near the School Street exit. Reporting that Likelike Highway should be clear shortly.

Update 4:30 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Oahu) Kailua bound lanes of Likelike Highway blocked by fallen tree before the tunnels. Likelike Highway Kailua bound is closed at Nalanieha Street.

Update 3:30 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Kahekili Highway Lahaina bound is also closed due to the Lahaina fire.

Update 2:50 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Honoapiilani Highway reported closed between Carl’s Junior in Maalaea and Shaw Street in Lahaina by Maui County due to a fire.

Update as of 12:45 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Fallen tree on Kula Highway at mile marker 9 cleared.

Update as of 12:20 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Oahu) Utility pole on fire due to sparking wires at 87-1648 Farrington Highway by Miles Bakery (across from Ulehawa Beach Park). HECO is responding.

Update as of 12 AM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 – (Maui) Crews working to remove fallen trees at Honoapiilani Highway and Aholo and on Kula Highway at mile marker 9.

Update as of 11:50 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – (Oahu) Fallen tree on Kamehameha Highway at Ehukai. Crews addressing now. (Maui) Crews removing hanging traffic signal at Lahaina Bypass/Hokiokio Place. Electricity to signal at Honoapiilani Highway and Dickenson Street still down.

Update as of 10:55 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Lahaina bound lanes of Honoapiilani Hwy at Aholo blocked due to fallen tree.

Update as of 10:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Kohala Mountain Road at MM 13 closed due to fallen tree.

Update as of 9:15 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Kekaulike Avenue has been cleared.

Update as of 8 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – News release here.

For Hawaii Island: Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi cleared for emergency use. Bayfront Highway remains closed. Saddle Road above Hilo at MM 10.5 closed due to landslide and rockfall.

For Maui:  Maui District reporting to tree down on Kekaulike Avenue in Kula. Road is currently blocked.

For Oahu: Kailua bound lanes of Pali Highway closed as a precautionary measure due to past rockfalls in the area. Left lanes of H-3 at the Harano Tunnel closed for equipment staging.

For Kauai: Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha to close after 11 PM convoy.

Update as of 4 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 Crews are working to clear one lane of Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi (approx. MM 24) for emergency purposes. There are undermined trees above the road so it will not be opened to the public until arborists determine it is safe.

Update as of 12:45 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Akoni Pule Highway (Route 270) north of Hawi at MP 24 on Hawaii Island remains closed. The area is too dangerous to work at this time. Crews will reassess when wind and rains die down. The route will remain closed until further notice due to potential for additional tree falls.

Update as of 8:37 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Akoni Pule Highway (Route 270) north of Hawi on Hawaii Island is being closed due to multiple landslides and flooding.

Update as of 8:30 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Landslide on Hana Highway on Maui at MP 16.8 cleared, but there are many low hanging branches on the route. Use caution.

Update as of 8 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Reported landslide on Hana Highway on Maui at MP 16.8. One lane open. Fallen trees at MP 11 and 13.5 have been cleared.

Update as of 7:30 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Hana Highway on Maui is passable; however blockages remain at MP 11 and 13.5. HDOT Keanae Crew working to clear. Bayfront Highway in Hilo remains closed; Highway 19 in Honomu on Hawaii Island is passable, but HDOT recommends motorists follow Hawaii County Civil Defense recommendations to avoid unnecessary travel.

Update as of 7 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Hana Highway reported closed at Waikamoi (MP 10) due to fallen tree.

Hawaii Island update as of 3:55 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 – Landslides on HWY 19 at MM 13 (near Honomu). Road is closed right now, crews working to get a lane open. One lane is blocked on HWY 19 at MM 6. Bayfront HWY remains closed due to flooding.

Highways update as of 9:15 PM Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 – Click on link for full update.

Commercial Harbors Division

As of 2 PM, August 22, 2018

Honolulu and Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbors are the critical lifeline for the State of Hawaii. Residents and visitors rely on the harbors to deliver the critical supplies that feed each island. It is incumbent upon every harbor user to do their part in protecting our infrastructure. Vessels must leave the harbors, so we can properly protect the piers and ensure vessels have a safe port to which they can return and begin to supply the state as quickly as possible.

In anticipation of severe weather associated with the arrival of Hurricane Lane, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has implemented “Condition X-Ray” for Honolulu County as of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018. At that time, the Harbors Division ordered the mandatory evacuation of all vessels in Honolulu Harbor and Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor.

All vessels that have not already received permission by the Harbors Division to remain in port, are hereby ordered to depart Honolulu Harbor and Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on or before the setting of “Condition Zulu”. Failure of any vessel owner or agent to comply with this official order, may be subject to fines and penalties per the authority granted to the Harbors Division under the Hawaii Revised Statutes and the Hawaii Administrative Rules.

Once the harbors are reopened, vessel owners and agents can begin planning for return. This process will also require all vessel owners and agents to make proper bookings and arrange for required services ahead of time.

The Harbors Division will continue coordination with the USCG regarding condition levels. Harbor access may be restricted at the remaining commercial ports in the state during the weather event.

Airports Division

As of 2 PM, August 22, 2018

The 15 airports located throughout the state and their associated runways will remain open and accessible, barring infrastructure damage or debris to the facility that makes flight operations unsafe. State firefighters stationed at the airport facilities are ready to respond to situations as necessary. Plans are in place for emergency heavy duty equipment to be secured at designated locations around the facility to provide safe haven for all equipment that would be needed to work on the airfield after the storm.

Airports will open an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to serve as the consolidated and centralized command and control point. The EOC works with the airlines to ensure equipment is secured or stored and emergency protocols are followed. In the event of high winds, passengers and employees will seek shelter inside the airport buildings as far away from windows as possible.

As a reminder, the Federal Aviation Administration operates the air traffic control towers, which directs the aircrafts in flight. It is up to the airline and individual pilots to determine if conditions are safe enough to fly. Passengers should consult their airline for current flight information before leaving for the airport. In emergency situations airlines may waive fees associated with changing reservations because of a natural disaster.

Highways Division

As of 2 PM, August 22, 2018

The HDOT Highways Division is urging the public to monitor conditions and stay off the roads during the anticipated arrival of high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge associated with severe weather. All special use and contraflow lane operations on state roads, including the Zipper lane, will not be running from tomorrow, Thursday, August 23 until further notice. For a full list of the special use lanes, see http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/special-use-lanes/

Roadways may be closed at any point for the health and safety of the public. Actions being taken to prepare state roads for the storm include:

Hawaii Island

HDOT crews are pre-staging equipment and supplies at baseyards around the island, working to clear gulches on the Hamakua coast, and are asking motorists to use caution on coastal roads such as Akoni Pule Highway (Route 270) in Kawaihae. Hawaii District staff has also snaked drains on Bayfront Highway (Highway 19) in Hilo in advance of the effects of Hurricane Lane.

Maui County

Maui District staff are preparing and prestaging on the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. For the island of Maui, state crews have cleared storm drains on Hana Highway (Route 36) in the vicinity of Kahiapo Place (MP 12) and are urging motorists to avoid travel on Hana Highway on Thursday, August 23, and Friday, August 24. To further inform the public electronic message boards are going up on Hana Highway (Route 360) at Twin Falls (approximately MP 3) and Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) at Maalaea to advise the public of potential dangers. Temporary bulka bags have been placed on Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) at Ukumehame and Olowalu to protect against expected storm surge.

Oahu

Oahu District maintenance crews are clearing streams and culverts ahead of the storm and will be monitoring areas that have historically suffered storm related damages. Areas that have already been cleared as of Wednesday morning include: Kalihi, Niu, Pokiwai, Waihole, and Waikane Streams and spots of Nimitz Highway and Dillingham Boulevard. An HDOT Contractor is currently clearing debris from Old Pali Road to make room in case heavy rains bring down additional material. HDOT will close off Pali Highway Kaneohe-bound lanes from 8 p.m. Thursday as a protective measure.

HDOT Highways Division Oahu District is coordinating with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management on staging of equipment at the H-3 Harano Tunnels. This will involve closure of the left lanes of both directions of the H-3 Freeway starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, through Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, or until the all clear is given. During staging at the Harano Tunnels the right lanes in both directions will be accessible. HDOT asks the public for their cooperation and patience as we work with our partners to prepare for Hurricane Lane. Please drive safely through the area.

Kauai

HDOT Highways Division Kauai District is leveraging resources with the County of Kauai and has an agreement to clear roads regardless of jurisdiction based location of crews and equipment and prioritization. Priority is given to roads leading to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, airports, and harbors. HDOT is also staging equipment in Lumahai and Wainiha and will close off the limited local access to Wainiha and Haena after the last convoy at 11 p.m. Thursday. Convoys for Thursday will run on the Sunday/Holiday schedule.

General advice for motorists includes:

  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full in case you need to evacuate or move to higher ground.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and use your headlights if you are driving in rainy conditions. Turning on your headlights increases your visibility and helps make other drivers aware of you.
  • Do not drive through fast moving water or water of indeterminable depth. You could stall out your car or your vehicle could be washed away. As little as 24-inches of moving water could possibly wash away a vehicle.
  • Do not drive in high winds, especially in high profile vehicles as you risk your vehicle being pushed by winds or rolled over.
  • Following high wind events be cautious on the road as debris and live electrical lines could cause damage to you and your vehicle.

Please continue to follow news reports for the latest on Hurricane Lane. Information on state routes will also be posted over HDOT’s social media accounts, https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDepartmentOfTransportation/ and https://twitter.com/DOTHawaii using the hashtags #hiwx #hitraffic and #Lane.