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Public schools reopen Friday on Hawaii Island

Public schools to reopen on Friday, Sept. 2

As Tropical Storm Madeline moves past the State, all Hawaii Island public schools will reopen Friday (Sept 2). Schools on Hawaii Island were closed on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for the storm. The schools that were activated as shelters on Wednesday closed sheltering services at 6 a.m. today.

All after-school activities remain cancelled through Friday.

“We assessed our school campuses this morning and no damages were reported,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We will remain vigilant as Hurricane Lester makes its way towards the islands and continue to keep everyone informed of the affects it may have on our schools.”

All public charter schools on Hawaii Island will also open tomorrow.

On Maui, Hana High and Elementary School was closed today following heavy rains that created dangerous conditions. Hana School will also reopen tomorrow.

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Private Schools

  • Christian Liberty Academy – Open Friday (website)
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy Open Friday (website)
  • Kamehameha Schools – Hawaii Island Closed Friday due to staff inservice (website)
  • Makua Lani Christian Academy Closed to students Friday (website)
  • Mauna Loa School Open Friday (website)
  • Parker School Open Friday (website)
  • St. Joseph School Closed Friday due to staff inservice (website)

UH Closures in Maui County ahead of Hurricane Lester

University of Hawaii Maui College and all other UH facilities in Maui County will close tomorrow at noon and all events and classes are cancelled tomorrow after noon and Saturday ahead of Hurricane Lester.

The National Weather Service placed Maui County and Hawaiʻi County under a hurricane watch.

The facilities that will close include:

  • UH Maui College
  • Hāna Education Center
  • LanaÊ»i Education Center
  • Lahaina Education Center
  • MolokaÊ»i Education Center
  • All UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) facilities in Maui County
  • All UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) facilities in Maui County

Events cancelled include:

  • Maui Swap Meet on the UH Maui College campus

No events or classes at the UH campuses and facilities in Hawaiʻi County, Honolulu County or Kauaʻi County are cancelled at this time.

It is expected that Honolulu County will also be placed on a hurricane watch later today and possibly Kauaʻi County tomorrow. Lester is moving towards the island chain but it is still not clear what effects it will have on the state.

Please follow the National Weather Service (, other official agencies and local media for the latest weather news.

Updates, if any, will be sent to the UH community via UH email and/or UH Alert text message.

UH students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for UH Alert to be informed via text message about emergency situations affecting our 10 campuses

Notifications affecting UH campuses and storm preparation information can be found at

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