Hawaii Island public schools and certain charter schools will close Wednesday and Thursday in anticipation of the Hurricane Madeline.

The Hawaii State Department of Education announced Tuesday afternoon that it will close public schools on Hawaii Island on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1. “Closures are being made in anticipation of severe weather,” the department said. “All other schools in other counties will remain open until further notice. ”

Additionally, all Hawaii Island inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hawaii County has designated the following schools as activated shelters starting today at 5 p.m.:

  • Hilo High
  • Honokaa High
  • Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate
  • Kau High
  • Keaau High
  • Kealakehe High
  • Kohala High
  • Konawaena High
  • Laupahoehoe Public Charter School
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Pahoa High
  • Waiakea High
  • Waikoloa Elementary
  • Waimea Middle

The Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission​ also announces these closures:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

  • ​Connections Public Charter School
  • Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science PCS (HAAS)
  • Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo
  • Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century PCS
  • Kaʻu Learning Academy
  • Ke Ana La`ahana PCS
  • Kua o ka Lā New Century Public Charter School
  • Na Wai Ola Public Charter School
  • ​West Hawaii Explorations Academy(WHEA)

Thursday, September 01, 2016

  • Connections Public Charter School
  • Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century PCS
  • Kua o ka Lā New Century Public Charter School
  • Kaʻu Learning Academy


Friday, September 02, 2016

  • Kua o ka Lā New Century Public Charter School