Hawaii Island and Maui County UH campuses closed due to hurricane

University of Hawaiʻi
Dan Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
Spokesman, Director, UH Communications
Posted: Aug 21, 2018

The State of Hawaii announced on August 21 at 5:20 p.m. that all government offices and facilities in Maui and Hawaii Island (Big Island) counties are closed starting Wednesday, August 22, due to the threat of Hurricane Lane, a category 4 storm currently on track to move dangerously close the islands. That means all University of Hawaii campuses and non-essential university operations on Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai will be closed starting tomorrow morning until further notice. Please stand by for updates as UH campuses and non-essential operations on Oahu and Kauai may also close as the storm approaches. Residence halls at UH Hilo will remain open for student residents.

Hurricane Lane could make landfall on any or multiple islands, and may bring strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, high surf and storm surges. All students, faculty and staff are asked to keep informed of the latest developments and prepare for the possibility of the need to shelter in place or move to a public shelter. Prepare yourself and your families for the potential effects of the storm. Officials recommend a 14-day emergency supply.

Students in residence halls will receive more specific communications and instructions from their respective student housing office. However, please do not hesitate to contact them with any questions or concerns at UH Manoa: (808) 956-8177; UH Hilo: (808) 932-7403.

Please follow the National Weather Service (http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/), other official agencies and local media for the latest weather news.

All members of the UH community are urged to sign up for UH Alert to receive emergency text alerts:  http://www.hawaii.edu/alert. If you have already signed up, log in to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date: http://www.hawaii.edu/alert

Notifications affecting UH campuses will be posted on the Emergency Information webpage, as well as on social media:




Please stay informed and updated:

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency:


National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office:  


The Pacific Disaster Center's Disaster Alert app