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Downed trees, utility lines and debris from high winds cause road closures *UPDATED*

Hawaii County Civil Defense 8 p.m. update on phone and power outage

  • HawaiianTel fiber-optic cable cut knocks out phone, internet service until tomorrow
  • Power lines are down in several areas, county and HELCO crews working to clear debris and repair lines


UPDATED (5:17 p.m. on 2/14/2015)

Police report Pohoiki Road is completely blocked due to downed trees. Motorists should use Highway 132/Highway 137. Kahakai Blvd remains blocked, Railroad Avenue alternate access is open for detoured traffic.

3:15 p.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015 wind advisory and road closures update

Hawaii County Civil Defense update message

  • Highway 132 between Pahoa and Kapoho limited to one-lane only
  • Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) 55-56 mile markers in Waimea is closed
  • Kahakai Blvd mauka of Keonepoku school is closed, Railroad Ave alternate route open as a detour
  • Kamehameha Park in Kohala is closed and all planned sporting events in the area are cancelled



Kahakai Blvd road completely blocked above Keonepoku school Hawaiian Beaches/Shores, due to down trees and utility lines from high winds.

The Railroad Ave alternate route access road is open for motorists to detour through.


This is a Wind Advisory, road closure and traffic information update for Saturday February 14th at 12:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Police Department reports that Highway 19 or the Mamalahoa Highway between the 55 and 56 mile marks in the Waimea area is closed to all traffic due to a downed tree. Highway crews are responding however it is unknown at this time when the highway may be reopened. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible.

The National Weather Services has extended the High Wind Advisory for parts of Hawaii Island through 6:00pm tonight. Reports of downed trees and power lines as well as power outages are occurring in areas of Puna through North Kohala. Sustained winds of 30 to 35 miles per higher with higher gusts area expected. HELCO crews are working to restore power to affected customers and power outages and downed lines can be reported to HELCO at 969-6666. Everyone is asked to take necessary precautions with the expected high winds and to remain off roadways if possible.

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