Hawaii is in the clear and open for business post-hurricane, says HTA

Hawaii is in the clear and open for business post-hurricane, says HTA

HONOLULU — Assessments are ongoing on the islands of Hawaii and Kauai to determine any recovery efforts that are still needed post-Hurricane Lane but for the most part it’s business as usual across the entire Hawaiian island chain, says the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The HTA took part in a conference call with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to get an update on the aftermath of the storm system that brought unusually heavy rainfall to the state over the past week.

Hurricane Lane was on its way to Hawaii last week when strong wind shear and trade winds steadily weakened it from a category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm over a three-day period before finally pushing it away from the islands Aug. 31.

Currently, Post-Tropical Cyclone Lane is continuing to move in a westward direction far away from the Hawaiian Islands and is no longer a threat to residents and visitors, says the HTA.

The remnants of the storm brought excessive rainfall and flash flooding to localized areas around the state, most notably on the islands of Hawaii and Kauai.

However the State of Hawaii “is fully open for business” and travellers “should not be dissuaded at all from making or planning trips to our beautiful island home,” says the HTA.

All airports, resorts and hotels, activities, restaurants, retail operations, beaches and publicly accessible roadways are open, as well as most forest lands and state and county parks.

For the latest updates and information, agents and clients are asked to refer to the special Alert page on the HTA’s website or see www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/alerts/.

“To prospective travellers and anyone interested in Hawaii, please know this. The weather is beautiful today, sunny, warm and inviting, exactly what everyone expects when being in the Hawaiian Islands,” said George D. Szigeti, President and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority.