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Hawaii Hurricanes

More Frequent And More Frightening Storms On The Horizon

More Frequent And More Frightening Storms On The Horizon

Hawaii has been hit directly by a hurricane or tropical storm five times since 1950. Three of those direct hits came in the last four years.

How The Ala Wai Canal Puts Honolulu’s Most Valuable Real Estate At Risk Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How The Ala Wai Canal Puts Honolulu’s Most Valuable Real Estate At Risk

Congress has authorized $345 million to strengthen the aging canal to protect against flooding in Waikiki and nearby neighborhoods.

Most Of Oahu’s Shelters Are A Long Way From Hurricane Ready Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Most Of Oahu’s Shelters Are A Long Way From Hurricane Ready

The state is assessing the conditions of shelters and retrofitting some, but the work is expensive and slow.

Turning The Lights Back On Is Tough In Oahu’s Rugged Terrain Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Turning The Lights Back On Is Tough In Oahu’s Rugged Terrain

Maintaining electricity in the wake of a major storm is also key to keeping the water supply flowing.

If The Big One Hits, Honolulu Harbor Is A Fragile Lifeline Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If The Big One Hits, Honolulu Harbor Is A Fragile Lifeline

The isolated islands would rapidly burn through food and supplies should the port close. Plan B is to bring limited goods through Pearl Harbor.

Researchers Evacuated From NW Hawaiian Islands As Storm Nears AP

Researchers Evacuated From NW Hawaiian Islands As Storm Nears

Walaka is expected to continue weakening as it veers southwest of the atolls.

No Danger Of Flooding At Nuuanu Dam, City Says Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

No Danger Of Flooding At Nuuanu Dam, City Says

UPDATED: Heavy rains had raised the reservoir level to within about 1.5 feet below the spillway, causing officials to consider evacuations.

Hawaii Escapes Relatively Unscathed From Tropical Storm Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Escapes Relatively Unscathed From Tropical Storm

UPDATED: Oahu’s shelters go mostly unused, and no widespread damage has been reported despite heavy rainfall.

Weakening Olivia Passes South of Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Weakening Olivia Passes South of Oahu

UPDATED: Hawaii is no longer under a tropical storm warning, although the storm is still dumping rain.

Hawaii Hurricanes