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Hawaii safe for travellers as hurricane passes

The Hawaiian Tourism Authority has confirmed that Hawaii is back in business after narrowly avoiding a category 5 hurricane last week.

Hurricane Lane was approaching Hawaii last week until strong wind shear and trade winds steadily weakened it from a category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm over a three-day period before finally pushing it away from the islands last Friday.

Currently, Post-Tropical Cyclone Lane is continuing to move in a westward direction far away from the Hawaiian Islands and is no longer a threat to residents and visitors.

The remnants of the storm, however, brought excessive rainfall and flash flooding to localized areas around the state, most notably on the island of Hawaii and Kauai.

Assessments are ongoing on each island to determine any recovery efforts that are still needed to address the impacts of this rare and abnormal weather system.

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater in Honolulu, Oahu island, Hawaii, USA

However, the State of Hawaii is fully open for business travellers should not be dissuaded at all from making or planning trips to our beautiful island home.

All airports, resorts and hotels, activities, restaurants, retail operations, beaches and publicly accessible roadways are open, as well as most forest lands and state and county parks.

For the latest updates and information, please refer to the special Alert page on the home page of HTA’s website or by clicking here.

Prospective travellers and anyone interested in Hawaii can rest easy, according to the tourism authority.

“The weather is beautiful today, sunny, warm and inviting, exactly what everyone expects when being in the Hawaiian Islands,” it said in a statement.

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