The official Hawaii hurricane season began June 1 and runs until December. The last hurricane to hit Hawaii was 22 years ago when Hurricane Iniki decimated the islands, primarily Kauai. Even after two decades, hurricanes in Hawaii are something those of us here always keep in mind.
2017 Hawaii Hurricane Predictions
The 2017 Hurricane Outlook from NOAA predicts a normal to somewhat above normal season. This follows last year’s most active season on record. That resulted in 26 named storms of which 16 were hurricanes due a strong multi-year El Nino event.
Hawaii Travel Checklist For 2016 Pacific Hurricane Season
- First aid kit. Always good to travel with one no matter the season. This is a great one for under $10.
- Essential medications with a supply that’s adequate should something unforeseen occur which extends your Hawaii vacation.
- Water and non-perishable food on hand during your trip. Stores can be depleted of products almost immediately if the possibility of a hurricane occurs.
- Hawaiian Airlines and other carriers may permit you to change your Hawaii vacation plans.
- Travel insurance is always something to at least consider because you can obtain protection for substantial, non-refundable expenses. Hawaii travel insurance must be bought prior to the development of a specific hurricane to be in effect.
Here’s a reminder to ourselves and others who live here in Hawaii.
- Car gas tank kept at one-half or more. Propane tanks kept towards full.
- Plastic tarps and plywood for emergencies.
- Clean unused trash cans for drinking water storage.
- More food supplies than normal.
- An electric generator that is tested.
- Extra batteries and a working radio.
- Current first aid and medical supplies on hand.
- Cash for emergencies.