Public and private schools will be closed today and Friday, and most state and Maui County offices will shut their doors as Hurricane Iselle, or whatever remains of her, approaches and begins to impact Maui, Molokai and Lanai with strong winds and heavy rain. Here's a rundown of what's closed, canceled, postponed or otherwise affected by the approaching storm:
All Maui County public schools will be closed, with several being used as storm shelter sites.
The University of Hawaii Maui College and its education centers in Hana and Lahaina and on Molokai and Lanai will close as of noon today and all day Friday. Weekend operations will be suspended.
Kamehameha Schools educational programs and offices on Maui and Molokai will be closed today, including the campus at Pukalani, Kamehameha Schools preschools on both islands, and the Resource Centers in Wailuku and at the Kulana 'Oiwi Complex on Molokai.
Maui County Catholic schools will be shut down today and Friday. Those schools include St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, St. Anthony Grade School and St. Anthony Preschool, all in Wailuku. Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina and Christ the King Child Development Center in Kahului will be closed both days. A decision had not been made whether to reopen on Monday.
Emmanuel Lutheran School will be closed today and Friday in Kahului, possibly Monday as well, depending on the impact of Hurricane Julio.
Government offices and services
Most state and county offices will be closed beginning at noon today, with Maui County offices to remain closed as least until Friday morning. The Maui County Clerk's Office will continue walk-in voting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on the seventh floor of the Kalana O Maui Building in Wailuku and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the state building on Molokai. After noon, walk-in voters at the County Building will need to enter through the building's bottom-floor entrance.
There will be no curbside garbage collection on Friday morning. So residents are asked not to put out trash bags and carts tonight to prevent them from becoming air-borne missiles in high winds.
Maui and Hawaii county libraries will be closed today. For more information, go to www.librarieshawaii.org.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will close its offices on Maui and the Big Island today. For other information, go to www.oha.org.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Hawaii Hunter Education Program classes scheduled for today and Saturday have been canceled. Pre-registered students will be re-registered in September and October classes. For more information, call (800) 353-4868.
The county Liquor Control Adjudication Board and Salary Commission canceled meetings this morning and Friday, respectively.
A state Department of Transportation meeting scheduled for this evening at its Maui District Office will not be held. It had been set for public comment on the department's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. There were no plans to reschedule the meeting.
Parks and recreational areas
Maui County parks and recreation facility closures include: all swimming pools, the Waiehu Golf Course, community centers and other parks facilities, from noon today until further notice. County campsites will be closed today through Sunday. County beach parks will be shuttered all day today until further notice; and all permitted commercial activities at county parks are canceled today and Friday and until beach parks reopen.
Haleakala National Park's crater and Kipahulu districts will shut down as of noon today. The park's entrance gates will be locked, and the park will not be open for sunrise viewing on Friday morning. The Kipahulu and Hosmer Grove campgrounds will shut down at noon today. Back-country hikers have been notified that they will need to leave the park before 3 p.m. Camping and cabin permits are being canceled through the weekend.
Polipoli State Park and all land managed by the state are closed. The closure includes forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, Na Ala Hele hiking trails and game management areas, including one on Lanai.
Maui Bus service
Some Maui Bus service will be suspended today and Friday as a precaution. All Maui Bus fixed routes will be suspended some time between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, depending on the route. Maui Bus Commuter service will operate as normal today, but it will be shut down temporarily on Friday. All Maui Bus services will be suspended Friday morning, until there's an all-clear notice is issued.
Queen Ka'ahumanu Center will close as of 3 p.m. today. And, Friday's regularly scheduled farmers' market and all weekend stage events have been canceled.
Maui County Council candidate Joe Blackburn has postponed a campaign event that had been scheduled for today. Blackburn is seeking the council's Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency seat.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Maui Calls fundraiser has been postponed. It had been set for Friday evening. It will be rescheduled. Ticket holders have been or will be notified.
The Maui Visitors Bureau will not hold its annual meeting and marketing update on Friday morning.
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center canceled its open studio classes on Friday.
Second Friday activities in Lahaina were canceled. These included activities at Campbell Park, the Summer Block Party from Papalaua Street to Lahainaluna Road and the 2015 Lahaina poster contest reception at the Old Jail gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
The Lanai Slack Key Festival was postponed until October.
Imua Family Services' E Holomua Kakoa event, which had been set for Saturday, has been canceled.
The Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club's laulau plate fundraiser has been postponed until further notice. Pickup will not happen Saturday at Hoaloha Park.
Young Brothers is only accepting containerized cargo. It is not taking less-than-container-load cargo or livestock, hazardous cargo, explosives or vehicles (other than emergency response or public safety vehicles).
Maui News offices will remain open, although likely with a skeleton staff, Publisher Joe Bradley said. Newspaper deliveries will continue, but there may be delays to areas most affected by the storm, he said. Residents may follow news developments on the storm by visiting the newspaper's website at www.mauinews.com or by going to its Facebook page.