Hurricane Lane Falls Short of Honolulu

Just about everything in Honolulu was shut down on Friday, August 24 in preparation for Hurricane Lane. In the end, the gigantic storm was downgraded from a deadly CAT 5 to Tropical Storm status as wind shear tore in apart between August 23 and 24.

Businesses, schools, parks and other institutions on Oahu were closed on Friday. People stocked up on supplies a few days before. Staples such as bottled water, canned food, non-perishable packaged snacks, and fuel were among the many items snatched off the shelves by hoards of shoppers who went into a panic buying binge.

Honolulu escaped major damage. There was no significant rainfall or strong winds to be had.

The islands of Maui and Hawaii suffered the most as rain dumped more than 30 inches on the Big Island and a huge brush fire near Lahaina attributed to strong winds and downed powered lines destroyed several homes and vehicles there.

Hawaii Hurricane HolidayWinds were not very significant.

Friday afternoon video that I compiled from August 24.

Hawaii Hurricane Holiday
Do these X’s on windows really work?

Hawaii Hurricane Holiday
WalMart was one of the few retailers open on Friday, August 24.

Check our Hawaii Files Channel compilation playlist for Hurricane Lane.

Last Sunset Before Lane
The sunset on August 23 was spectacular. Low level clouds lit the early evening sky.


Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.