Wailuku – Due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Darby, Maui County will be closing all outdoor park facilities tomorrow (Saturday) morning. This includes all campsites, pools, fields, beach parks, pavilions, stadiums and the golf course.
All Department of Parks & Recreation programs, community classes and other activities held in these areas are likewise canceled until further notice. Community centers and gymnasiums will remain open for the time being.
The county also asks that as a precaution, businesses and residents should try to conserve water during the storm. This includes turning off the tap while washing your hands and brushing your teeth, flushing the toilet less frequently and making sure to turn off any outside sprinkler systems.
Finally, police and fire department officials ask that motorists keep all non-essential travel down to a minimum during the storm. Please stay indoors and leave the roadways for emergency personnel use.
Mayor Alan Arakawa has signed an emergency proclamation. The proclamation authorizes the expenditure of County monies for quick, easy and efficient relief of disaster-related damages, losses and suffering resulting from the storm.
Gov. David Ige has also signed a pre-landfall emergency proclamation as the state prepares for Tropical Storm Darby.
“Our top priority is to protect the health, safety and welfare of Hawai’i’s residents and visitors. I urge residents and businesses to follow emergency instructions, prepare for the storm and take steps to protect your families, employees and property. The state is standing by to assist the counties — particularly Hawai’i and Maui counties — which are expected to be the first to feel the impact of Tropical Storm Darby,” said Governor Ige.
The disaster emergency relief period begins today and continues through July 29, 2016.