HONOLULU, Hawaii – While a tropical storm watch and flash flood watch remain in effect for both Hawaii and Maui Counties, all islands should be prepared for heavy rainfall and high surf from Wednesday, Aug. 5 through Thursday, Aug. 6. As a precaution, the National Park Service has provided the following updates:
• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: All backcountry areas of the park as well as the Mauna Loa Road from Kipukapuaulu to Mauna Loa Lookout and the Namakanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins will be closed as of 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 4 until it is deemed safe to reopen. The visitor centers, restrooms, lava tube, front-country trails, steam vents, and other popular features will remain open.
• Haleakala National Park: The backcountry areas of the park will close at noon tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 5 and will reopen for hiking, camping and cabin use once the park deems it is safe to do so.
For official updates, we recommend regularly checking the following websites, as well as tuning in to local broadcasts for information and instructions on Guillermo:
• Central Pacific Hurricane Center
• Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
We advise all of our industry partners to check that your crisis plans are current to ensure the safety of our visitors as well as your employees.
For travel safety tips, please visit the HTA’s Travel Smart Hawaii website and download the Travel Safety Brochure, which is available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. We recommend familiarizing visitors with this information.
The HTA will continue to provide any storm-related updates that may impact visitors.