Update 5:45 p.m. Public schools closed for rest of week; mall closes Wednesday-Thursday

Kealia Pond, C-SPAN bus events, Waianapanapa State Park closed too

Maui County hunkered down, closing facilities and canceling services and events, as Hurricane Lane was expected to begin making its presence felt Thursday.

All public schools closed Wednesday for the rest of the week. All sports and after-school activities also have been canceled until Monday.

Seabury Hall will be closed Thursday and a decision on whether to conduct classes Friday will be made no later than 3 p.m. Thursday. Kamehameha Schools will be closing its Pukalani campus, preschools, community education programs and offices through Sunday.

The University of Hawaii Maui Campus closed Wednesday and will remain closed until further notice.

All county offices closed Wednesday for the rest of the week. This included the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing, Real Property Tax and senior services.

All county parks and pools closed Wednesday and won’t reopen until at least Saturday, when a storm damage assessment will be done.

The Maui Bus and Maui Economic Opportunity’s paratransit will stopped running Wednesday night until further notice.

Trash will not be picked up Thursday. Those with Thursday pickups should put their bins out Saturday. Department of Environmental Management officials will be doing a storm damage assessment and will pick up the trash if things are safe.

All county landfills were closed Thursday and expected to reopen Friday, pending a storm damage assessment.

Nonessential state workers in Maui County were given administrative leave from Wednesday to Friday by Gov. David Ige. State offices on Maui will be closed.

The state Judiciary and state courts in Maui County were closed from Wednesday to Friday. The Hawaii Supreme Court issued an order extending court matters for filings or hearings during the closure to Monday.

Mail will be delivered, but all post offices will be closed Thursday, and there will be no mail pickup from blue Postal Service mail boxes.

Haleakala National Park Summit and Kipahulu districts closed Wednesday afternoon through at least Friday evening. There will be no sunrise viewing Thursday and Friday mornings. Park managers will assess the situation Friday evening.

The Kipahulu and Hosmer Grove campgrounds closed and hiking in the backcountry halted Wednesday. The issuance of backcountry camping permits was stopped and all cabin reservations were cancelled.

State forest reserves, natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, public hunting areas and Na Ala Hele trails were closed Wednesday. They will remain closed until further notice.

Night camping and lodging in state parks also were halted.

The county water department urged customers to conserve water. The hurricane could disrupt power supply to water sources that run on pumps and motors.

Irrigation systems and other nonessential uses of water should be shut off until further notice, the water department said.

Upcountry farmers who use water from the Kula Agricultural Park are being asked to conserve water until Lane passes, the county said. The irrigation ditches used by the park are being emptied in preparation for the storm.

HMSA and Kaiser Permanente are helping patients get their prescriptions filled ahead of Lane.

HMSA will allow early refills of maintenance medications on all islands. Members should call for approval at (855) 479-3659 for Medicare Part D, (855) 479-3656 for HMSA QUEST Integration, (855) 298-2491 for HMSA commercial plans

Kaiser Permanente adjusted its prescription refill timeline restrictions. Members should be able to refill most medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone at (808) 643-7979 (TTY 711) and online at kp.org/pharmacycenter or through the KP mobile app. Controlled substances still are subject to approval by a physician and pharmacist.  

A list of other events and facilities affected by Lane follow:

Government

– County Council’s Planning Committee meeting set for Thursday morning has been cancelled.

– Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge coastal boardwalk and visitor center was closed Wednesday and Thursday. The plan is to reopen the South Maui refuge Friday if circumstances allow.

– Lanai mouflon hunt set for Saturday and Sunday has been cancelled, said the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife. The Lana`i Cooperative Game Management Area is closed until further notice. Hunters holding permits for the mouflon hunt will be notified of opportunities to reschedule their hunts. For more information, go to the state’s hunting web page at dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting/.

– Maui Redevelopment Agency meeting set for 1 p.m. Friday has been cancelled.

– Waianapanapa State Park in East Maui was closed due to the possibility of landslides on Hana Highway. The park closed at 10 a.m. Wednesday after all campers and cabin users checked out.

Businesses

– American Savings will be closing its six Maui branches and one Molokai branch Thursday and Friday. Remote, online and ATM services will be available.

– All 12 branches of Bank of Hawaii in Maui County will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

– Seven Maui branches of First Hawaiian Bank and the one on Lanai will close Thursday and reopen when conditions are safe.

– Maui Grown Therapies, a marijuana dispensary, will be closed Thursday. After a post-hurricane assessment Thursday evening, Friday reopening plans will be posted on the company website at www.mauigrown.com

– Queen Ka’ahumanu Center closed Wednesday afternoon and will be closed Thursday. Mall management will be announcing a reopening date when a hurricane assessment is complete. The Maui Bus stop was suspended until further notice. The state Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Fair and Hot Rods & Classic Car show Saturday have been postponed with new dates to be announced.

– Servco Lexus and Subaru Maui will be closed Thursday.

– Zippy’s in Kahului closed just before midnight Wednesday and will remain closed until conditions are deemed safe. Zippy’s Restaurants President Paul Yokota said the restaurant wanted employees to be able to tend to family matters. In addition, many use public transportation, which will not be operating.

Events

“A Starry Night in Kula” at St. John’s Church set for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday has been postponed until Nov. 3. Those who have purchased tickets may call 878-1485.

– C-SPAN bus has cancelled the rest of its Maui visit Wednesday and Thursday. The bus parked Tuesday at the county building and Queen Ka`ahumanu Center as part of a 14-month “50 Capitals Tour.” The Hawaii segment is set to air in October.

– Henry Kapono & Friends show Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center has been rescheduled for Sept. 16. Tickets already purchased may be used for the new date. Those unable to attend may receive a full refund by returning their tickets to the MACC box office. Those who have purchased tickets but have not yet picked them up need to contact the box office for a refund at 242-7469. All refunds need to occur before Sept. 16.

– A concert by Jeff Dayton at UH-Maui College on Thursday has been cancelled. Unfortunately, it cannot be rescheduled.

– Kihei First Friday community party at Azeka Mauka has been cancelled.

– Meadow Gold Mall Walkers Maui Program event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center is cancelled. The program will resume with its regular schedule Tuesday. A partnership of Meadow Gold Dairies Hawai’i, Hui No Ke Ola Pono and the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, the free program offers eight-week quarterly sessions to motivate individuals to walk for their health on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other facilities and programs

– Akaku Maui Community Media closed Wednesday and will reopen Monday.

– The offices of the nonprofit Child & Family Service on Maui and Molokai closed Wednesday and will remain closed through the rest of the week.

– All Kaiser Permanente Clinics Maui clinics will be closed Friday and some will close Thursday. Kihei and Lahaina Clinics will close Thursday; Maui Lani Medical Office, Maui Lani Elua Clinic and Wailuku Medical Office will close at noon Thursday. For more information, call the public information line at (808) 432-7297.

– Maui Economic Opportunity sites on Maui, Molokai and Lanai, including administrative offices, Kahi Kamalii, MEO Head Start Centers and MEO Transportation will be closed Thursday.

– Maui Ocean Center will be closed Thursday.

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