Life gets back to normal with storm’s passing

As Tropical Storm Iselle passed, life in Maui County slowly returned to normal Friday.

The Queen Ka’ahumanu Center reopened at 11 a.m., and the Maui Bus returned to service at 3 p.m., officials said.

At the shopping center, the farmers market and weekend stage events were canceled.

All Maui County and state offices – with the exception of the Office of the County Clerk – were closed Friday. Government offices are expected to reopen Monday, unless Hurricane Julio begins to threaten the islands.

The Maui County Clerk’s office was open until 2 p.m. Friday to receive absentee ballots.

U.S. Postal Service facilities in Maui County were shuttered, with no deliveries to residents and businesses. The Honolulu District’s Emergency Management Team was assessing the impact of the storm on Maui, Lanai and Molokai to make a determination when to reopen.

“The safety of our employees, customers and the mail is our foremost priority,” said USPS Emergency Manager Chuck Lum. “We will resume our normal operations whenever and wherever we can as soon as we determine that it is safe for our employees to do so.”

All airports in the county were open for travelers, although Kalaupapa Airport was without power Friday morning. Airlines began resuming flights, and Island Air announced that its flights would resume at 6 a.m. today.

The Molokai ferry was scheduled to resume trips Friday afternoon after operations were suspended Thursday night through Friday morning.

All Hawaii ports remained closed Friday. There was no immediate word on when ports would reopen.

Haleakala National Park will stay closed through this morning’s sunrise, park officials said. The situation was to be reassessed today and the park reopened once it is safe. There was no power, a tree down on the road before the park summit entrance and no visibility Friday, said Polly Angelakis, park spokeswoman.

Kaiser Permanente reopened its Maui Lani Medical Office at 10 a.m. Friday. All other Maui facilities were set to resume normal operations today.

Maui Medical Group remained closed Friday, but it would be open for regular hours today at its Wailuku and Pukalani clinics, and possibly at its Kihei and Lahaina clinics as well.

Bank of Hawaii, American Savings and First Hawaiian banks remained closed Friday, but bank officials announced that they would return to regular hours today.