Honolulu mayor gives all-clear, county services to resume as normal

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has given the all-clear for Honolulu. All Oahu emergency evacuation shelters will close Friday.

“We dodged a bullet,” he said from the Emergency Operations Center in the Fasi Municipal Building in downtown Honolulu.

Caldwell gave residents the green light to return to their normal lives at around 3:30 p.m.

“I think we sped it up a bit. Some people would like to have had us wait until 5 or 6 (p.m.) but after talking to the National Weather Service and looking at the most recent results, we’re confident that the worst is over,” he said.

TheBus has returned to full service with its normal weekday routes. Saturday and Sunday service will be provided this weekend.

“They started rolling the buses out and the buses basically go to the scheduled routes and they look at the times, so they’re not in service and they link up the time with the next transit stop that they find,” said Mike Formby, director of the Department of Transportation Services.

The all-clear also means polling places and parks will open Saturday morning, and city workers can return on their next scheduled day.

Lifeguards and parks staff will make a recommendation about re-opening Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve after reviewing conditions Saturday morning.

Trash pickup will also continue. “For those that didn’t get their trash picked up today, the convenience centers and transfer stations will be open tomorrow (Saturday) so they can take their trash there or just hold onto it,” said Lori Kahikina, director of the Department of Environmental Services.

But not everyone waited for the all-clear. Some hit the beach Friday morning, taking a chance on Mother Nature. Others didn’t let didn’t let this storm ruin their perfect day — a wedding on the beach.

“No hurricane, no tropical storm is going to stop me from marrying my beautiful wife here,” said the groom.

Tourists ignored closed gates at the Pali Lookout while other visitors ventured out with a poncho and rain gear.

“I am prepared because I want to protect the equipment and also in case it rains, but it’s beautiful,” one tourist said.

Oahu shopping centers are expected to reopen Saturday and Island Air, which suspended flights Friday, will resume flights Saturday morning.

The city says there were no reported sewer spills or damage to city property.

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