Kona Low Day 2: What you need to know

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Upper Cane Haul Road in Kaʻū was closed Friday, Feb. 17, because of water flowing over it from flooding in Kaʻalāiki Stream caused by heavy rain in the area from a Kona Low moving over the Big Island. The storm continues its trek today, causing additional flooding, road closures and other impact. Photo by Bob Martin.

This story was updated at 7:11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

As a Kona Low continues its trek, heavy rainfall continues for much of the Big Island. The second day of severe weather is once again leading to road closures and bus route cancellations, among other impacts today (Saturday, Feb. 18).

Hawai’i County Civil Defense reports multiple roads are closed because of flooding, ponding and landslides.


Closures include Highway 11 at Kawa Flats in Kaʻū, near the 60-mile marker, and Upper Cane Haul Road (Kaʻalāiki), between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu; Wood Valley Road in Kaʻū; and Old Māmalahoa Highway near Honomū.

The National Weather Service reports that Kahikopele Street in Eden Roc is closed. Highway 130 in the Puna-bound direction is also closed between mile markers 2 and 3.

These roads will likely remain closed tonight and until rain stops and water levels subside. Additional road closures could occur without warning.


Do not attempt to cross flowing water in your vehicle or on foot; turn around don’t drown. Civil Defense requests that the public avoid driving until conditions improve.

Hele-On, the provider of public transportation on the island, also canceled several bus routes because of the severe weather and safety concerns for the public and the agency’s staff. The following routes were canceled today:

  • Route 1 (Hilo to Kona).
  • Route 2 (Hilo to Kona via Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road).
  • Route 12 (Volcano to Ocean View).
  • Route 60 (Hilo-Honokaʻa-Waimea).
  • Route 75 (North Kohala-Waimea-South Kohala resorts-Kona).
  • Route 80 (Hilo to South Kohala resorts).
  • Route 90 (Pāhala to South Kohala resorts).
  • Route 301 (Waimea circulator).
  • Route 401 (Hawaiian Beaches/Nānāwale/Seaview).
  • Route 402 (Hawaiian Paradise Park/Orchidland/Hawaiian Acres/ʻĀinaloa).
  • Route 403 (Fern Acres/Fern Forest/Eden Roc).

Route 10 (Hilo to Ocean View) started and ended in Pāhala. All other bus routes ran regularly. Transportation delays, re-routing and cancellations could still occur based on road conditions.


All Hele-On riders should plan for alternate transportation in the event services are interrupted. For more information, call 808-961-8744, extension 1, or visit the Hele-On website.

Hawaiian Electric is reporting no active power outages at this time. For the most recent outage information, follow the utility on Twitter.

The National Weather Service forecasts rain and flooding conditions to continue through Sunday. For more about the weather, including any warnings, click here.

For those who might have sustained flood damage to their property, visit the Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense website “Request for Damage Assessment” page.

Nathan Christophel
Nathan Christophel is a full-time reporter with Pacific Media Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism as a reporter, copy editor and page designer. He previously worked at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in Hilo. Nathan can be reached at [email protected]
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