As 2 hurricanes approach, meteorologists predict impacts worse than Iselle – by News Now


Updated: Tuesday, August 30th 2016, 11:27 am HST

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

National Weather Service forecasters say Hurricane Madeline could come dangerously close to the Big Island on Wednesday and may have impacts worse than Tropical Storm Iselle in 2014.

“This looks like potentially the strongest tropical cyclone, which includes hurricanes and tropical storms, to approach very close to the coast in the past several years,” said Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Chris Brenchley.

Tropical Storm Iselle toppled hundreds of albizia trees on the Big Island and caused an estimated $79 million in damage.

“The time is now to prepare,” said Brenchley.

On Monday night, federal, state and county agencies on the Big Island gathered at Hilo’s Emergency Operations Center to discuss preparedness plans.

“We’re thinking things in the worst-case scenario,” said Ed Teixeira with Hawaii County Civil Defense. “We all have a tendency to think that the storm is going to weaken and old timers believe our mountains are going to be a buffers.”

Meanwhile, residents and businesses aren’t taking any chances.

KTA Super Store in Hilo was packed with shoppers stocking up on food and water.

“I just want to be prepared in case electricity and water are out for a couple days,” Karen Tonita said.

On Oahu, the City Mill in Kaimuki set up a table filled with hurricane preparedness tools.

“When we get a hurricane warning, you tend to see a lot of people come in and immediately grab the flashlights,” said employee Jessica Varin Swiss.

City officials say they are monitoring trouble-prone areas, mainly those close to streams.

In July, Tropical Storm Darby flooded several roads and properties when the Kalihi stream overflowed.

“We’ve been engaged in preparing our base yards, vehicles and equipment to be able to respond to any issues as they arise,” said Ross Sasamura, Director of the Department of Facility Maintenance.

With Hurricane Lester on Madeline’s heels, officials say this a fair warning for everyone to be prepared as the holiday weekend approaches.

“Take your preparations very seriously,” Teixeira said.

Hurricane Lester will mark the seventh system to enter the Central Pacific basin this hurricane season.

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Hurricane checklist link:

By Eileen Nishihara, HR:

In Oahu, hurricane should be approaching as early as Wednesday and then on Saturday.

Consumers should phone their case managers or the CER office if they have questions or concerns about the storms.

Hawaii Disability Rights Center (HDRC)


Hawaii Disability Rights logoThe Hawaii Disability Rights Center is the designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) for Hawaii’s estimated 180,000 residents with disabilities.  P&A systems are authorized by Congress in each state and territory of the United States to defend and enforce the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities and to protect them from discrimination.

It is the policy of HDRC to advocate for as many people with disabilities in the State of Hawaii, on as wide a range of disability rights issues, as resources allow; and to resolve rights violations with the lowest feasible level of intervention; but, if necessary to also provide full legal representation to protect the rights of people with disabilities, consistent with authorizing statutes and Center priorities.

HDRC has the authority to represent individuals when:

The individual has a disability, as defined in the CAP or P&A programs; the individual meets the eligibility criteria as defined in the CAP or P&A programs; and the individual has a problem that has resulted from or is related to the disability; and the individual’s problem is within HDRC’s current Client Services priorities.

HDRC has organized it’s “universe” of issues in which they may protect and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities to: Care and Treatment, Citizenship, Education, Employment, Freedom of Association, Housing, Justice, as well as Programs and Services.  HDRC develops annual Client Service Priorities that are issues that are given preferences in our application, screening and selection process.

HDRC programs Include:

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR)

Protections and Advocacy for [Individuals in Need of] Assistive Technology (PAAT)

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)

Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA)

More information can be found at Hawaii Disability Rights Center‘s website


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Aloha United Way 211 Resource


UnitedWay_logoFor 96 years, Aloha United Way has mobilized the caring power of our community to make a difference in Hawaii by helping our community identify and work together to solve our most pressing problems. Aloha United Way’s work is about improving the lives of the people in our community. We collaborate with businesses, government and nonprofits to take a collective approach to addressing community issues.

As an efficient, effective fundraiser for hundreds of local nonprofits, Aloha United Way provides those who want to support collective and sustainable impact with a trusted, transparent and meaningful way to invest in addressing critical issues in our community. Aloha United Way monitors the community impact goals, progress and financials of its partner agencies to ensure dollars are invested wisely to create sustainable and scalable impact.

Aloha United Way has created a 211 line to help consumers search through available statewide resources in Hawaii.  These categories of resources include:

Food, Clothing, and Household Goods, Housing and Shelter, Housing Expenses, Utilities, and Transportation, Health Care and Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse , Children/ Youth/ Teen and Family, Employment, Training, and Commerce, Education, Disaster/ Emergency, Legal, Victim Services, Government Services, Seniors, Disabilities, Military and Veterans, Donations and Volunteer Opportunities , and Recreation

You have the ability to customize your search based on your location, age, and gender in order to find resources that are most relevant.  You are also able to look up specific agencies and services through this portal as well.

These services are available on Aloha United Way‘s website.

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Check Out the Adult Mental Health Division of Hawaii!


Round_Color_logo   WHAT IS THE AMHD?  The Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) is one part of the Hawaii State Department of HealthState of Hawaii. The Mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve health and the environment for all people in Hawaii.  The AMHD strives to provide a comprehensive, integrated mental health system supporting the recovery of adults with severe mental illness.  The AMHD provides services to approximately over 14,000 adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Services are provided in State owned and operated facilities (Community Mental Health Centers located statewide and Hawaii State Hospital on Oahu) and through State developed contracts with private providers.

   WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE?  They believe that everyone has access to effective treatment and supports essential for living, working, learning and participating fully in the community.

   HOW MAY SOMEONE GET IMMEDIATE HELP?  The AMHD Crisis Line of Hawaii Program provides a team of trained and experienced professionals to provide help to you or a family member in times of mental health crisis. They are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On Oahu, contact them at 832-3100. On the neighbor islands, call toll-free at 1-800-753-6879.  A call can be made by a family member, health professional, medical insurance company, court ordered treatment, or you can go to the nearest Community Mental Health Center or clinic during clinic hours.

   WHO QUALIFIES FOR HELP?  Adults residing in the state of Hawaii who have persistent and serious mental illness, are in a state of crisis and need help for a short time, are victims of natural disasters and terrorism, or are ordered by the courts for treatment are eligible to receive services through AMHD.  If the individual is not at least 18 years or older, they can be referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD).

   CAN PERSONS WITH PSYCHIATRIC CHALLENGES BE EMPLOYED?  Persons in recovery from a mental illness who have received certification by the State of Hawai’i, Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) are awarded the title of Hawai`i Certified Peer Specialists (HCPS).  Individuals are given certification only after attending the HCPS Training, and successfully passing both oral and written examinations. HCPS promote self-determination, personal responsibility, and community integration for consumers of the AMHD. HCPS instill hope in others by serving as role models and champions of recovery. The HCPS program was modeled after Georgia’s Certified Peer Specialist Project.

   WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFO?  Further resources for both consumers and providers can be found through the AMHD website at :

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