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Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Today marks the official end to what’s been a busy hurricane season in Hawai‘i. It’s been a record-breaking year for the islands, with a total of 15 tropical cyclones formed in the Central Pacific. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

NOAA
NOAA

We’re halfway through Hawai‘i’s hurricane season and we’ve already seen nine tropical cyclones. Fortunately, none have posed a serious threat to the islands and no tropical storm or hurricane warnings have been issued so far. But state officials worry not only about the rest of the season - but also about fatigue and a dangerous complacency. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Rich Wlosinski
Rich Wlosinski

With an active hurricane season expected this year, communities in East Hawai‘i are once again focusing their efforts on the invasive albizia tree. Last year’s Tropical Storm Iselle toppled many of the trees, downing power lines, blocking roads and damaging homes. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many are worried the next big storm could bring similar results.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For residents in Hawai‘i, the start of summer also means the beginning of hurricane season. State and county officials have wasted no time preparing for what’s predicted to be an above average year. All week they’ve been conducting an annual hurricane exercise called Makani Pāhili, which means ‘strong wind.’ HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

Meteorologists with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are predicting a busy storm season. In their pre season press conference officials predicted 5 to 8 tropical cyclones could form in the central pacific basin this year.  The busiest months for hurricanes are July thorough October, and models point to a 70% chance for an above normal season because of El Nino conditions. Tom Evans is the acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.  He says it only takes one storm to produce devastating results.  

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai'i residents and visitors were spared a direct hit by a hurricane this weekend. Ana has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is continuing to move on its westward path, away from the islands. HPR's Molly Solomon has more.

NASA
NASA

Tropical Storm Ana continues to churn towards Hawai’i. Its name was selected from a list, reserved for storms formed in Hawaiian waters. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look at the history behind the naming of Hawaiian hurricanes.

What’s in a name? In the case of Hawaiian hurricanes -- quite a lot. Robert Ballard is with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. “If the disturbance or tropical depression develops into a named storm between 140°W and the dateline, then it gets a central pacific name.”

  For years we were warned that Hawai‘i was due for a hurricane. Tropical Storm Iselle made that warning real. Now after a few weeks, and as Big Island districts dig out, how would you grade Hawai‘i’s response before, during and after the storm? Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and State Emergency Management Agency Executive Director, Vern Miyagi join other TBA panelists to consider that question…and how Hawai‘i preps for next time.  

Flickr / wallyg
Flickr / wallyg

Hawai‘i is bracing for the landfall of Hurricane Iselle this afternoon on the Big Island. Hotels across the islands are working to make sure a back-up plan is in place and that travelers stay safe and informed. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more…

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

As Hawai‘i waits for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio to make landfall in the islands, many residents living in condominiums are asking how they can get prepared. That was the focus of a packed presentation in Waikīkī, where more than 100 residents gathered on Tuesday. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Here’s a list of supplies for your disaster supply kit. It should contain enough of the following items to last for 7-days:

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