Honolulu prepares ahead of storm, TheBus express service announced

City departments are adjusting their plans as Iselle approaches.

Ten evacuation shelters will be opening at 10 p.m. Thursday. For those who decide to leave and go to an evacuation shelter, special evacuation shuttles will offer free rides, there will be an evacuation sign on these buses.

“We have regular bus service that will continue to tomorrow (Thursday), up until the last stop at night. On Friday, there will not be bus service, but we will have emergency bus service taking people to the shelters around the island,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Shuttles will run until one hour before the outer edges of the storm reach Oahu.

McKinley High School at 10 p.m. Thursday
McKinley High School at 10 p.m. Thursday. Click here for a full list of evacuation shelters.

As for Handi-Vans, many regular users have been told to cancel appointments for Friday, as the Handi-Van will only pick up patients for emergencies.

“We’re not going to be accepting reservations for social or medical appointments,” said Roger Morton, Oahu Transit Services. “We’re going to monitor and see exactly what the dialysis centers are going to be doing. We’re not sure yet exactly what the status of those centers will be.”

On Friday, August 8, TheBus will operate one-way express bus service to downtown Honolulu and Waikiki from 4:30-7:30 a.m. to provide employees the ability to get to work prior to when the storm is anticipated to make landfall on Oahu.

All of the express buses will service the Waikiki area, including those that don’t normally serve Waikiki.

The decision was made mainly to help hotel workers get into Waikiki, so they can take care of the thousands of tourists who will be riding out the storm.

Officials say there are about 95,000 tourists staying in Waikiki hotels, so it’s critical to have workers there Friday morning before the storm hits.

“To get folks into Waikiki to help operate and make sure things run smoothly and then that bus service is going to stop and the bus drivers are going to return to the bus barns to be safe,” said Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Hotel officials say getting the buses rolling during those early hours will help keep the hotels running and help guests feel safe and comfortable.

“It’s amazing how many of our employees take the bus,” said George Szigeti, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. “That’s why it’s so critical that this is reinstated I think it’s going to be a big percentage.”

All Commuter Express buses will travel to Downtown Honolulu via regular route to King/Punchbowl, then will continue in-service along King Street, right Kalakaua Ave, right Ala Moana Boulevard, left Kalia Road, left Saratoga Road, right Kuhio Ave, right Kapahulu Ave, left Kalakaua Ave, left Monsarrat Ave to the terminus. Click here for the updated schedule.

  • Routes W1, W2, and W3 will remain on regular route.
  • Riders may board and disembark along the entire route from Downtown to Waikiki.
  • Routes 80A, 85, & 85A will not go to University of Hawaii, but will instead go to Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.
  • All PH Express Routes are canceled, due to Pearl Harbor closure.

The city is also closing all parks at 4 p.m. Thursday, including Hanauma Bay. They will be closed until further notice.

Trash Pickup Service

Trash pickup will be done as scheduled for Thursday, however the Department of Environmental Services will NOT be collecting trash on Friday, August 8.

Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill, convenience centers, transfer stations, and H-POWER will be closed to all public and private vehicles.

Residents are asked to bring in bulky trash and trash cans back to their property and hold them until the next collection date.

If homeowners are unable to wait until their next scheduled collection date, they may drop off their waste at one of the city’s six convenience centers (Ewa, Laie, Wahiawa, Waianae, Waimanalo and Waipahu) when they reopen.

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