Storm forces closure of all public schools, offices on Friday


Public schools and offices will be closed Aug. 8 due to severe weather associated with Hurricane Iselle. Employees also will not report to work so they may prepare for the storm.

​​​​​​HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will close all public schools and DOE offices statewide on Friday, Aug. 8, in addition to today’s closures on Hawaii Island and Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai). Closures are being made in anticipation of severe weather. Additionally, all inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled until schools reopen.

Per Governor Neil Abercrombie’s emergency declaration, DOE employees will not be reporting to work.

“We have been advising our schools to prepare for the worst and will assess any potential damage to our facilities once we receive the all-clear,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We will continue to monitor both storms and will make another announcement regarding whether school will be in session on Monday.”

“I want to thank our principals for their leadership as well as our students’ families for their patience and cooperation during this emergency,” Matayoshi said.

Updates on DOE school closures are available at For information on public charter schools, please visit

Many DOE schools serve as emergency shelters. At this time, County Civil Defense agencies have activated the following DOE campuses as shelters:

Hawaii County designated shelters:

  • Laupahoehoe Public Charter School
  • Kohala High & Elementary
  • Kealakehe High
  • Konawaena High
  • Hilo High
  • Waiakea High
  • Keaau High
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate
  • Honokaa High & Intermediate
  • Kau High Waikoloa Elementary

Maui County designated shelters:

  • ​Baldwin High
  • Lokelani Intermediate
  • Kekaulike High
  • Hana High & Elementary
  • Molokai High
  • Kilohana Elementary
  • Lanai High & Elementary 

Oahu designated shelters: 

  • Campbell High
  • Kaimuki High
  • Kaiser High
  • McKinley High
  • Castle High
  • Mililani High
  • Pearl City High
  • Waialua High & Intermediate
  • Nanakuli High & Middle

Kauai designated shelters: 

  • Hanalei Elementary School - in case of flash flooding only
  • Kapaa High School - pet friendly
  • Kalaheo Elementary School - pet friendly
  • Waimea High School - pet friendly
Please check with State or County Civil Defense for more information on emergency shelters.

Contact Information

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232


2030 Promise Plan community feedback


Ho‘oha‘aheo newsletter cover

The Department's primary publication featuring successes across our public schools.

View all Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletters