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Hawaii Island hurricane shelters


A number of facilities on Hawaii Island are designated as hurricane shelters. In case of a hurricane, announcements will be made listing which shelters are being opened. Residents should identify two to three shelters within close proximity of their home. Evacuation sites include:

North Kona

- Holualoa Elementary School, Kahakai Elementary School (special health needs shelter), Kealakehe Elementary School (special health needs shelter), Kealakehe Intermediate School (special health needs shelter), and Kealakehe High School (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter).

South Kona

- Hookena Elementary School and Konawaena High School (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter).

Ka‘u

- Ka‘u High and Pahala Elementary schools (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter).

Puna

- Keaau Elementary School, Keaau Middle and Keaau High schools (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter), Keonepoko Elementary School (special health needs shelter), Mountain View Elementary School (special health needs shelter), and Pahoa Elementary, Intermediate and High schools (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter).

Hilo

- E.B. de Silva Elementary School, Hilo High School (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter), Hilo Intermediate School (special health needs shelter), Kaumana Elementary School (special health needs shelter), Waiakea Waena Elementary School (special health needs shelter), Waiakea Elementary School (special health needs shelter), Waiakea Intermediate School (special health needs shelter) and Waiakea High School (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter).

Hamakua

- Honokaa High and Intermediate School (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter) and Kalanianaole Elementary School (special health needs and pet-friendly shelter).

North Kohala

- Kohala High and Elementary School (special health needs shelter) and Kohala Middle School (special health needs shelter).

South Kohala

- Waikoloa Elementary School (special health needs shelter), Waimea Elementary and Middle schools (special health needs shelter), and the Waimea state office building (special health needs shelter).

Evacuation site openings will be posted on West Hawaii Today’s website at westhawaiitoday.com/hurricane. Residents should evacuate to the nearest shelter if they live in low-lying coastal areas, ridge lines exposed to strong winds, low-lying areas subject to flooding, and in wooden or lightly constructed buildings, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense.