This is a Brush Fire and Road Closure information update for Sunday August 9th at 9AM.

The Hawaii Fire Department reports that the brush fires in the Kawaihae area continue to burn out of control.  Due to gusty wind conditions and heavy smoke the following area  evacuations remain as a precaution:

  • Spencer Beach Park
  • Kawaihae Village area

The Evacuation Center at the Thelma Parker Gym has been moved to the Waimea Community Center and will remain open until further notice.

In addition, the following road closure is in effect:

  • Kawaihae Road is closed from the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway to the  Akoni Pule Highway Junction at the Kawaihae Harbor.  Kohala traffic on Akoni Pule is being detoured through the Kohala Ranch Subdivision.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible.

Audio From Hawaii County Civil Defense