Officials update employees, airports, harbors and election

Honolulu International Airport

More school campuses are being closed and government workers are being told to stay at home.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says it’s about the health and safety of the people of Hawaii. Standing with members of his administration, he made it clear: “All campaign hats are off.”

He’s been working with county agencies, non profits and the military to keep the state safe.

A decision has also been made about state workers. “For the employees who are on the Big Island or Maui County, they should report to work tomorrow, Thursday. If that changes, they’ll be informed between now and then, but as of now, report to work tomorrow Thursday, and then at noon time, state employees will be released,” said Barbara Krieg, director of the Dept. of Human Resources Development. Those workers should stay at home on Friday.

Non-emergency Maui County employees are also being sent home at noon Thursday, with the possible exception of county elections employees, which would be determined by the state Office of Elections.

Maui County emergency personnel, such as police, fire, road crews and those working in the Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center will continue to work throughout the duration of the storm.

Here is the latest on the airports:

  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL): Thursday, August 7, 3:30 p.m., the airport is open
  • Kahului Airport (OGG): Thursday, August 7, 3:30 p.m. the airport is open. Last scheduled flights are at 9 p.m.
  • Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA): Thursday, August 7 3:30 p.m. the airport is open
  • Lihue Airport (LIH): Thursday, August 7, 3:30 p.m. the airport is open
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO): Thursday, August 7 no scheduled flights after 5 p.m. The airfield will remain open for emergencies.
  • Molokai Airport (MKK): Thursday, August 7, 3:30 p.m. the airport is open. No scheduled flights after 6 p.m.
  • Lanai Airport (LNY): Thursday, August 7, 3:30 p.m. the airport is open. Last scheduled flights at around 6 p.m.

Travelers are advised to check with air carriers on flight schedules before going to airports. Several flights have already been canceled.

As for the Big Island, “we’ll be closing some of our beach parks along the shoreline and coastline areas beginning tomorrow (Thursday) morning,” said Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Public schools in Hawaii and Maui counties will be closed Thursday and Friday and so will UH campuses on Maui and the Big Island. The state has not reported any other school closures yet.

As for Saturday’s primary election, it will continue as planned. The state may consolidate some of the polling places if needed, since some locations also double as emergency shelters.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says things will run as normal Thursday and he’ll make a decision around noon, whether workers need to report to work on Friday.

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