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Posted on: March 8, 2021

Maui flooding update: Hana Highway reopens; Mayor Victorino surveys area impacted by flooding

Hana Highway reopened this evening after flooding closed the roadway from Peahi Road to Keanae. Motorists are asked to exercise extreme caution on the roadway and watch out for debris and possible landslides.

Kaupakalua Road is closed, and other nearby roads may be shut down as needed.

An evacuation of residents remains in effect in the vicinity and downstream of Kaupakalua Dam in Haiku. A map of the area can be found online at 

https://goo.gl/maps/wSjwGRcqRi2c19ci7

The breach was reported at 3:21 p.m. today. Emergency evacuations were ordered for everyone downstream of the reservoir dam in the Haiku area makai of Kaupakalua Road. People near heavily flowing streams were advised to evacuate or seek higher ground immediately.

Evacuation shelters were opened at: 

  • Paia Community Center, 252 Hana Highway, Paia
  • Eddie Tam Memorial Center, 932 Makawao Ave., Makawao; 
  • Hana High School, 4111 Hana Highway, Hana

Mayor Michael Victorino surveyed the flooding in Haiku and reported that Kaupakalua Road was impassible in some areas and approximately a half dozen homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. There is also evidence of landslides. He urged residents to remain vigilant.

The Maui Fire Department reported it received more than a dozen calls for help from residents who were trapped in their homes because of rising flood waters. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for all Hawaiian Islands through late Tuesday night.

“For the safety of evacuees and emergency personnel, I urge everyone to stay away from the Haiku area,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “MPD and Maui Fire and Rescue personnel are assisting those needing help. Please stay home, off the road, and away from streams, rivers, culverts and drainage ditches even if they are currently dry. Visitors and residents should understand this is life-threatening flooding.”

All Maui County parks on the island of Maui are closed due to heavy rain and flooding and will remained closed until further notice.

For emergency information, contact the Maui Emergency Management Agency at (808) 270-7285.

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