Maui Hurricane Updates

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UPDATES AS OF 1:30pm Thursday August 6th, 2019

Erick fizzled out as it passed us, only bringing rain and windy conditions. Hurricane Flossie was downgraded significantly to a Tropical Depression and also passed us without much more than lots of wind and rain due to its more northern and direct approach compared to Erick. We’re all very grateful for it having not been a danger.

Like we have in the past, we’ll give live updates direct from Maui on this page.  If we haven’t updated for a bit, it’s because we’ve lost power or connection to phone/internet.  For live video, check out these Maui webcameras.  We’ll embed a few here too once they get closer. See the current position of the storms here.


Lahaina Live video feed

If this video is blank, then the power is out on the west side of Maui. Feed provided by Honua Kai Rental.


tropical storm winds


Do you remember the last Hurricane Flossie in July of 2013?

Thankfully, Flossie didn’t live up to expectations (shown in the graphic below.)

But seriously, folks, get prepared for the worst!  You never know.




Hawaii Hurricane-History

Hurricane Olivia – Our Previous Storm

Tropical Storm Olivia crossed over us. We’ve had flash flooding, storm surges, large waves, fires, land slides, and damage from high winds.  Please stay safe and always be more prepared than you need to be.

Tropical Storm Olivia animation

Theanimation of Tropical Storm Olivia above is from Thursday September 11 – 13, 2018.  You can check out all storms around the Hawaiian Islands.  Also, see windspeed possibilities.  This image shows the entire Pacific Ocean in more detail.


500 AM HST Thu Sep 13 2018
Location: 19.5N 162.2W
Max sustained: 35 MPH
Moving: WSW at 18 MPH
Min pressure: 1008 MB


Hurricane Lane – Our Previous Storm

Hurricane Lane turned into a tropical storm before it came too close to Maui.  We’re so grateful it didn’t hit us square on.  That being said, plenty of damage resulted from flash flooding, storm surges, large waves, fires, land slides, and other damaging weather.

Keep this page bookmarked for future Hurricane coverage.  We’ll give realtime updates directly from Maui, set up live webcams around the island, and share pertinent safety information. 

We’ve personally been reporting in Haiku, north Maui, for the entirety of this storm.  Just down the road at Ulumalu quite a bit of damage has been done:

This is the worst Hurricane lane damage I’ve seen on Maui so far!!

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The Lahaina fires have been 100% contained, though not before they claimed approximately 2,000 acres of land, 22 structures (13 being homes), and around 30 vehicles.  At least 13 families have been displaced. Our prayers are with those families.

Lahaina fires

These photos were taken by Angelina Hills.  

  • started around 1 am
  • reports of over 2,300 acres burned
  • main highway Honoapiilani reopened
  • Fire jumped the highway and is near Dickensen, the main downtown area.
  • around 4000 people in west maui are without power.
  • evacuated over 100 homes
  • Lahaina Intermediate School hurricane shelter was evacuated to the Lahaina Civic Center.  About 500 people there so far.
  • A second fire in Ka’anapali began early on Friday.
  • reports of several houses burning

hurricane lane animation

The graphic share almost 3 days of Hurricane Lane movement.  If you want to see any current storms on the region, go to NOAA.

Tropical Storm – winds 39-73 mph (34-63 kt)
Category 1 – winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt)
Category 2 – winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt)
Category 3 – winds 111-129 mph (96-112 kt)
Category 4 – winds 130-156 mph (113-136 kt)
Category 5 – winds 157 mph and up (137+ kt)


Hurricane Lane Evacuation Shelters

The list of Maui shelters locations are as follows:

  • Hana High School
  • Lahaina Civic Center
  • King Kekaulike High School
  • Molokai High School
  • Maui High School (pet friendly)
  • Lokelani Intermediate (pet friendly)
  • Lanai High (pet friendly)

Bring whatever they need to make themselves comfortable at the shelters (food, water, blankets, books, medication, pillows, etc…) For more information call Red Cross hotline at 357-3387. Or Call Maui Emergency Management Agency for more information at 270-7285 or visit

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