The Hawaii Tourism Authority has met 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.
To recap, Hurricane Lane was approaching Hawaii last week until 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 last Friday.
No longer a threat
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.
"Hawai‘i is most definitely open for business," said Colin Wood, account director, Hawaii Tourism. "All the islands are doing well, and Canadians shouldn’t hesitate to feel confident in planning and booking their future vacations."
The remnants of the storm, however, brought excessive rainfall and flash flooding to localized areas around the state, most notably on the island of Hawaii and Kauai.
Assessments are ongoing on each island to determine any recovery efforts that are still needed to address the impacts of this rare and abnormal weather system.
Say aloha to Hawaii
Despite the rain, Hawaii is open for business.
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.
Maui’s Hana Highway, Oahu’s Pali Highway and Kauai’s Kuhio Highway between Wainiha and Haena on the north shore were previously closed in anticipation of the hurricane. Travellers can check out the most up-to-date road conditions here.