Looks like the county is closing up shop on just about everything it does tomorrow because of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio:
“In preparation for Tropical Storm Iselle, all non-emergency County personnel will be sent home at noon tomorrow (Thursday, August 7) with the possible exception of County elections employees,” stated a county news release sent out earlier today. “Determinations regarding County elections employees and walk-in voting services will be made by the State Office of Elections as needed.
“County offices to be closed include all Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing offices, planning and permitting, water bill processing, parks permitting, Liquor Department testing and other offices that interact with the public on a regular basis. County offices will remain closed on Friday morning as county officials evaluate the situation.”
All county parks, community centers, camp sites and swimming pools will close tomorrow at noon as well. Beach parks will be closed all day on Thursday. All will remain closed “until further notice,” according to the news release.
“Mayor Alan Arakawa has declared an official state of emergency for the entire County of Maui, effective 11:10 a.m. on August 6, 2014 and extending until further notice or automatically terminating 60 days after this issuance,” stated a separate county news release.
All courts throughout Maui County will also close at noon on Thursday, but are “expected” to reopen on Monday, according to a statement released this afternoon from the Hawaii State Judiciary. All state offices in the county will close at the same time. State libraries will also be closed on Thursday and likely Friday.
In addition, the University of Hawaii will close its Maui campus and its education centers in Maui County Thursday at noon. They will remain closed at least through the weekend.
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii also sent out a notice this afternoon stating that their Maui health centers would not be open on Friday. “Weather permitting,” they would reopen on Monday.
Stay safe, people.
Photo of Hurricane Iselle from Aug. 4: NASA/Wikimedia Commons
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Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He started work as MauiTime's Editor in 2003, took a couple years off starting in 2008, then returned to the staff in 2011. He's the author of "Stealing Cars With The Pros," a 2013 collection of his journalism and the Maui novels "Small Island" (2011) and "The Dead Season" (2012)–all of which were published by Event Horizon Press. In 2014, his one-act play "War Stories" won second place in the Maui Fringe Festival.