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Post-Storm Supplies Available at Centers Around East Hawai’i

August 11, 2014, 4:07 PM HST
* Updated August 12, 1:26 PM
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Supplies are being distributed to storm-affected residents via Community Assistance Centers around East Hawai’i.

The locations are: Hawaiian Shores, Nanawale, and Leilani Estates, in Hawaiian Paradise Park at Connection Point Church on 32nd between Paradise and Maku‘u, and at Mountain View Gym according to county Civil Defense.

Supplies include water, ice (for preserving food), and other supplies and services.

The centers will continue to offer supplies while they last, say officials. People able to acquire supplies from retail stores are encouraged to do so and leave assistance center supplies for those who cannot.

The Community Assistance Centers will close at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 but will re-open on Tuesday. Sites for Tuesday will be announced after assessing the areas of highest need (check back with Big Island Now for times and locations).

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The Pahoa Pool and Community Center remain open for showers and cell phone charging. The pool is not open for swimming.

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The Hawaii Red Cross shelter at Aunty Sally’s Kaleohano’s Luau in Hilo will be transitioning to a new location at the Pahoa Community Center at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 to support the individuals and families impacted by the storm. No pets are allowed.

Civil Defense advises that HELCO crews are working in Puna subdivisions and energizing lines as possible. The public is asked to treat all power lines as live. Civil Defense is also working with AT&T to restore cellular service in some areas of Puna that are not operational.

Uniformed Hawai‘i National Guard personnel are patrolling the affected areas in official National Guard vehicles, along with police and Community Emergency Response Teams to ensure public safety.

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The following county parks are still closed due to storm damage:
-Hilo Trap & Skeet Range
-Isaac Hale Beach Park
-Ahalanui Park
-Punalu’u Beach Park
-Whittington Beach Park
-Kolekole Beach Park.

All other county parks are open, but exercise caution as storm debris may still be in the area.

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