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Friday
Dec082017

High Surf, High Wind Advisories in Effect for Friday December 15 at 10:30 AM

This is a High Surf and High Wind message for Friday morning, December 15 at 10:30.

The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory for the East facing shores of Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo and Puna through tomorrow.  A High Surf Advisory means there is a threat to life and property from the surf. The highest threat will coincide with the high tides, which occur at 1 PM today and 2:30 AM tomorrow.

Due to the High Surf Advisory, the following are in effect:

  • Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.
  • Boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property before nightfall.
  • Closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice.

The National Weather Service has also issued a High Wind Advisory for the summit areas of Hawaii Island through today. A High Wind Advisory for the summit areas means objects that are outdoors should be secured and caution should be taken if driving near the summit regions.

This message will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety. Thank you. Have a safe day, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.

 

Text Message:

Civil Defense Update for Friday, December 15 at 10:30 AM: High Surf Advisory in effect for East facing shores of Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo and Puna through tomorrow. High Wind Advisory in effect for summit areas.  For more information, go to www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts

 

Thursday
Dec072017

No Tsunami Threat Statement for Thursday, December 7 at 2:45 PM

Civil Defense Message: Thursday, December 7 at 2:45 PM. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred at 2:23 PM today off the Republic of Palau did not cause a TSUNAMI THREAT for the Island or State of Hawaii. NO TSUNAMI THREAT to Hawaii.  

Tuesday
Nov282017

Siren Warning System Change to Occur December 1, 2017 at 11:45 AM

This is a Civil Defense message. Starting December 1, 2017, the County of Hawaii along with State of Hawaii are coordinating a plan to address a nuclear threat.

It is essential that Hawaii Island residents take time to become familiar with the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency guidance for nuclear threat at their website: http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/  Then, take time to develop or update your family emergency plan based on this information.

Beginning with the December 1 siren test at 11:45 AM, the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency will introduce the nuclear attack wailing tone in addition to the normal steady siren tone. This new tone will be used in the unlikely event of nuclear attack. The sequence will be the normal one-minute steady tone, with a 10-15 second pause, followed by a one-minute wailing tone. During this siren test, local radio messaging will provide information on the meaning of each tone.

Additional information can be found at the County of Hawaii Civil Defense web page: www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense

Click on the link below for a livestream of a Press Conference happening today, Novmeber 28, 2017 at 11 AM.

http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/press-conference-livestream-announcement-of-warning-attack-siren/ 

Thank you. Have a safe day, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Thursday
Nov162017

Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) Deep Well Message for Thursday, November 16 at 3:15 PM

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) has issued a Deepwell breakdown message for today, November 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
At this time, the HOVE Deepwell in Ocean View, Kaʻū is down. Troubleshooting is being done to further analyze the problem, determine the needed repairs, and develop an estimated repair timeline. DWS is monitoring consumption and tank levels.
Due to this breakdown, the following are in effect:
1. The drinking water spigots remain open for community access. While water spigots remain open for general community access, users are asked to limit their consumption to potable needs only. Your cooperation extends current water availability in the reservoir.
2. The standpipe facility for water haulers is closed until repairs can be completed. Water haulers will be able to access standpipe facilities in Nāʻālehu for their water hauling needs.
Again, the HOVE Deepwell in Ocean View, Kaʻū is down. The drinking water spigot station remains open for community access. The standpipe facility is now closed to water haulers. Troubleshooting the repair continues. Updated information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.
The Department requests your cooperation, patience, and understanding during this emergency. If you need additional information, please contact 961-8790.
Thursday
Sep072017

North Kona Emergency Proclamation 

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County of Hawai’i.

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawaii County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai’i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13-23 of the Hawai’i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and

WHEREAS, on January 12, 2017 the County of Hawai’i Department of Water Supply (“Department of Water Supply”) issued a Notice of Water Restriction for North Kona asking users to reduce consumption by 25% due to four wells being under repairs or offline; and

WHEREAS, on February 17, 2017 the Department of Water Supply issued a Water Restriction Notice Reminder, and also the Keopu Deepwell had failed after being initially repaired; and

WHEREAS, on June 26, 2107 and again on August 3, 2017 the Department of Water Supply posted a FAQ’s for North Kona Water Restriction on the Department of Water Supply’s website which included a warning that should another well source fail that rotating water shut-offs could occur; and

WHEREAS, although the Department of Water Supply issued repeated Notices asking for reduction in use and warning of loss of water supply there has not been significant reduction in usage; and

WHEREAS, on August 13, 2017 the Honokohau Deepwell failed increasing the lack of available water supply; and

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of imminent disaster due to property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of the District of North Kona, Hawai’i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Chapter 7, Hawaii County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawaii, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due threat of imminent disaster in the District of North Kona, Hawaii Island, effective September 6, 2017, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my handnd caused the Seal of the County of Hawai’i to be affixed. Done this 6th day of September 2017 in Hilo, Hawaii.

HARRY KIM Mayor County of Hawaii 

Please view the Original Emergency Proclamation

Sunday
Sep032017

Highway 19 Now Open, Update for Monday, September 4 at 11:30 AM

This is a Civil Defense Update: Hawaii Police Department reports Highway 19 is now open to all traffic in the Honomu area. For more details, go to www.nixle.us/9KFYZ 

Tuesday
Aug012017

Emergency Proclamation Hale Kikaha Project

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County.

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawaii County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai’i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13- 23 of the Hawai’i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and

WHEREAS, homeless individuals have established an encampment at the County of Hawai’i’s Old Kona Airport Park, District of South Kona, County and State of Hawai’i; and

WHEREAS, the homeless individuals at the Old Kona Airport Park were removed from the park grounds; and

WHEREAS, these homeless individuals could be temporarily sheltered at the grounds of the Hale Kikaha Project located in the District of North Kona County and State of Hawai’i; and

WHEREAS, these unsheltered homeless individuals are without access to adequate bathroom, shower and living facilities; and

WHEREAS, these unsheltered homeless individuals require health and social services in order to maintain themselves safely and in reasonable health; and

WHEREAS, the lack of secure, safe and sanitary shelter, and adequate health and social services for these homeless people is endangering the health, safety and welfare of these people and pose a threat to the environment and public health, and demands emergency action to prevent or mitigate suffering, injury, loss, or damage to persons and property; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to section 127A- 13( b)( 1) Hawai’i Revised Statutes the Mayor has the authority to relieve hardships and inequities, or obstructions to public health, safety or welfare found by the Mayor to exist in the laws of the County and to result from the operation of federal programs or measures taken under Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes, by suspending the county laws, in whole or in part, or by alleviating the provisions of county laws on such terms and conditions the Mayor may impose; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to section 127A- 13( b)( 2) Hawai’i Revised Statutes the Mayor has the authority to suspend any county law that impedes or tends to impede or to be detrimental to the expeditious and efficient execution of, or to conflict with emergency functions, including the laws by which Chapter 127A Hawai’ i Revised Statutes, specifically are made applicable to emergency personnel; and

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of threat to the environment and public health to residents of the District of South and North Kona, Hawai’i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes, and Chapter 7, Hawai’i County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawai’i, do hereby proclaim and declare that an emergency contemplated by section 127A- 14, Hawaii Revised Statutes has occurred in the County of Hawai’i and hereby proclaim an emergency for the purposes of implementing the emergency management functions as allowed by law, effective August 1, 2017, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

I FURTHER DECLARE, that pursuant to sections 127A- 13( b)( 1) and ( 2) the following County laws are suspended during the emergency period as they relate to the grounds of Hale Kikaha Project located in the District of North Kona, County and State of Hawai’i:

  1. Chapter 5 Building Code.
  2. Chapter 25 Zoning Code.
  3. Chapter 26 Fire Code.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai’i to be affixed. Done this 1st day of August, 2017 in Hilo, Hawai’i.

Signed Harry Kim Mayor, County of Hawai’i

Please view the Official Emergency Proclamation in our Public Documents.

Friday
Jul282017

Department of Health Advisory for Kohanaiki Beach Park in Kona

Department of Health Clean Water Branch reports water samples from Kohanaiki Beach Park, Kona exceed normal water quality levels for enterococci (364 per 100 mL). Posted advisories remain in effect until results no longer exceed 130 enterococci per 100 mL threshold.

For more information, go to http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/cwb/wqd/viewer/ 

Friday
Jul282017

Water Restriction Remains in Effect

The Dept. of Water Supply mandatory Water Restriction remains in effect for North Kona. Due to on going well repairs, customers are required to reduce water usage by 25%. For up-to-date well repair information and suggestions to reduce water use, go to www.hawaiidws.org

 
Thursday
Mar022017

PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR HAKALAU BRIDGE

    WHEREAS, Act 111 of the 2014 Hawai‘i State Legislature provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief, with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County; and

 

            WHEREAS, Act 111 of the 2014 Hawai‘i State Legislature and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i County Code, establish a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai‘i, and prescribe said agency’s powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Act 111 of the 2014 Hawai‘i State Legislature and Section 13‑23 of the Hawai‘i County Charter empower the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has determined that one of the bridge abutment footings for the County’s Hakalau Stream Bridge over Old Māmalahoa Highway, Bridge No. 001290001100003, 29-3 has been undermined by scouring; and

 

            WHEREAS, the FHWA has communicated to the County that the scouring has undermined the abutment to severely compromise its integrity and stability, which may affect the bridge’s ability to safely carry vehicular loads and creates an imminent threat of the bridge suddenly collapsing; and

 

            WHEREAS, the bridge is open to and traversed by the public for vehicular and pedestrian access; and

 

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of Hawai‘i Island, and the need for government agencies and/or representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a local state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Act 111 of the 2014 Hawai‘i State Legislature and Chapter 7 of the Hawai‘i County Code.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a local state of emergency exists on Hawai‘i Island, effective February 9th, 2017, to authorize the County’s Department of Public Works to take whatever actions are necessary and/or appropriate to address this local state of emergency, to continue for 60 days or until further act by this office.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed this 9th day of February, 2017, in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.

 

                                                            HARRY KIM

                                                            Mayor, County of Hawai’i

Official Copy of Proclamation