After spending a few minutes this morning doing yoga stretches in the calm breezes of the tradewinds on West Maui, I went for a nice hour long swim in the calm waters of the Pacific. It’s hard to imagine there is not just one storm but two coming when I just enjoyed another morning in Paradise!

The good news is both systems are expected to be downgraded before impacting the islands.  In the meantime, following is an update along with two links we recommend you check regularly.

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Hawaii County at 11 a.m, August 5, 2014.

The storm is currently forecast to make landfall in the Hawaiian Islands as early as Thursday afternoon through late Friday with the possibility of flash flooding, high winds and coastal inundation. We will continue to monitor updates on tropical storm watches for the remaining islands as well as conditions that may extend beyond Friday.

For official updates, check the following websites:

Central Pacific Hurricane Center:
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency:

Visitors currently in the Hawaiian Islands or traveling to the Hawaiian Islands in the coming days are advised to continue to monitor weather reports on the news and follow up with their accommodations and airlines for status.

For travel safety tips, please visit the HTA’s Travel Smart Hawaii website and download the Travel Safety Brochure, which is available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. We recommend familiarizing visitors with this information.

The HTA will continue to monitor updates from the National Weather Service and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and will provide updates as they become available.

So, stay tuned! We’ll keep you updated on the current conditions affecting our beautiful island and hope this is the only weather “event” of the year!


Syed Sarmad, Principal Broker for Advantage Vacation