FINAL UPDATE: Fortunately, West Oahu was spared any serious storm impacts from Hurricane Lane as it ended up getting broken apart from the wind shear and weakening condition. We are certainly grateful for that. While we had made extensive preparations for strong storm conditions, we were happy that no impacts were felt on West Oahu from this storm system. It is important to take all tropical storms and hurricanes seriously as their predicted tracks can change as weather patterns shift and any storms expected to pass close to the Hawaiian Islands should be monitored to ensure everyone is kept safe. Watch for future blog updates on any additional storm systems that require our attention.
8/24/18 2:30 PM UPDATE (by Munro Murdock): We continue to monitor the progress of this very slow moving hurricane storm system. The good news as of this afternoon is that the wind shear (cross-directional winds from lower and higher altitudes) are really helping to break up the core of the hurricane system. Based on recent news updates (tune into The Weather Channel #1121 on Spectrum cable) the hurricane has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm and may end up being downgraded yet again to a tropical storm strength by the time it reaches Oahu, though that is yet to be seen.
Even with the weakening of the storm there is still a very high likelihood of heavy rains and wind, along with powerful surf, strong tides and potential storm surge. As such, there could be flooding and flash flooding occurring in some areas. All residents and visitors are encouraged to use caution as we await the passing of the storm.
Since the storm is moving so slow some people may be getting a little stir-crazy, so to speak, and will want to get out and do something. We urge extreme caution in going outdoors, to the beach or other areas where you could be exposed to weather-related risk factors should the weather deteriorate quickly, which could certainly happen until the storm system has moved beyond the Hawaiian Island chain.
8/22/18 10:00 AM UPDATE (by Munro Murdock): Please continue to watch the news updates and stay informed. THIS LETTER was just released to all Love Hawaii Villas Owners and Guests and Beach Villas management by our Team. CLICK HERE to download the Beach Villas at Ko Olina emergency preparedness document, which has useful information for all Guests in Hawaii. As you can see we are being cautious and proactive and encourage all Owners and Guests to stay safe during the storm and we are optimistic that everything will work out well if we are smart about how we approach this storm. Mahalo!
8/21/18 PM UPDATE (by Munro Murdock): The hurricane has strengthened to a Category 5 and is expected to be a 1-2 category storm by the time it reaches the vicinity of Oahu. Check the news frequently for updates.
8/20/18 UPDATE (by Munro Murdock): Our Team at Love Hawaii Villas is keeping an eye on the weather and the updates on the tracking of Hurricane Lane in the Pacific. There are many variables that factor into the track the storm will take and it is still too early to tell what type of effects from the storm will be felt in Hawaii and, specifically, on West Oahu, where our vacation rental properties are located.
All storms of this size should be taken very seriously, of course, and we always encourage Guests to remain informed and to follow the guidance, as given, by State, County and Local officials on matters of emergency preparedness.
**Scroll to the bottom of this article for a list of links to various weather / hurricane preparedness related online resources**
The word of the day is: PREPARE
At the very least, visitors in the Islands during a time such as this should ensure they have plenty of food and water on hand, as well as flashlights, in the event of a power outage. Most hotels and vacation properties should have emergency preparedness procedures/documentation that they recommend be followed, when needed.
Common sense should be applied carefully during times of storm warnings or hurricane watches. Since weather can be somewhat unpredictable and there are always variables that cannot be fully isolated and accounted for, any storm system projected to pass near the Islands should be taken seriously and the necessary steps taken to be prepared.
The founders of Love Hawaii Villas actually experienced first-hand Category 5 Hurricane Ivan while living on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands in September 2004. You can learn more about their unique experience on the following YouTube video they compiled after the ordeal: Watch the Video on YouTube.
Due to the Murdock’s first-hand experience with the raw power and aftermath of a major hurricane more than a decade ago, they take emergency preparedness seriously and are firm believers in maintaining a good food and water supply for a time when it might be needed. The time to prepare is BEFORE the storm, because once the storm is affecting the local area, additional preparations cannot be made.
Purchase Travel Insurance to Protect Your Travel Investment
Due to the unexpected impact from storms and the inability to predict when they may occur, we strongly encourage all our Guests to purchase travel insurance so that the investment dollars for the Hawaii vacation time can be protected in the event a covered incident prevents them from traveling as planned.
Most vacation rental properties, including those managed by our Team, do not allow for any refunds for cancellations that occur after the final balance is paid on a reservation. At that time the booking typically becomes non-refundable.
Guests can learn more about the benefits of adding travel insurance by reviewing the information on the page linked below. We have partnered with Red Sky Travel Insurance so that our Guests have an option to add excellent plan coverage that also includes MUCH more besides just protections against cancellation for unforeseen events. Click here to learn more about Travel Insurance.
Typically insurance can be added to any reservation up until the time that the final balance payment is made in full. If Guests wish to ADD travel insurance an existing reservation they can contact our Reservations Manager, Amber Schoneberg, at 844-577-8800 Ext. 1 or by email at Stay@LoveHawaiiVillas.com.
If any Guests with an existing reservation with Love Hawaii Villas have any general questions they can reach our Team at 844-577-8800 (phone or text) Ext. 3 or by email at GuestServices@LoveHawaiiVillas.com.
Be Informed; Stay Informed
There are a variety of local news sources and apps to keep up with the weather and news alerts. Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star Advertiser are good places to start.
Be safe and use prudence and caution during storm conditions and mahalo for choosing to stay with Love Hawaii Villas.
Resource Links We Have Compiled For Your Convenience
Hawaii News Now Hurricane Resource Center. This page has a resource side bar with numerous links to other sites.
Central Pacific Hurricane Center
National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service
Ready.gov – Hurricane Resources
Watches vs. Warnings: What to Do When?
Hurricane Wind Speeds
Hurricane Hazards & Safety Actions
Hurricane Evacuation Shelters for All the State of Hawaii, by Island, from the Red Cross
Statewide Evacuation Shelters
Emergency Kit Supply List
Disaster Preparedness for Pets
A Natural Disasters Safety and Readiness Guide for Seniors in Hawaii
Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Planning and Operations Guidelines
NOAA Weather Radio Numbers
Protecting Your House
Check for Hazards When Returning Home
(If you have any additional resources you’d like to see added to this list please email us at Aloha@LoveHawaiiVillas.com)
About Love Hawaii Villas
Our growing Team at Love Hawaii Villas specializes in Ko Olina Resort vacation rentals, with dozens of properties under management and millions of dollars in rental revenue generated annually for our Owner clients. Contact us today to learn more about our range of services! We coordinate 500+ reservations each year and serve more than 4,000 Guests annually.
View our exclusive portfolio of West Oahu vacation rentals located in the Ko Olina Beach Villas oceanfront resort community, Ko Olina Kai Golf Estates & Villas and Coconut Plantation. We are also seeking additional vacation properties to manage in Kai Lani, Ko Olina Hillside Villas and Ko Olina Fairways.
Call 808-492-6242 or email Aloha@LoveHawaiiVillas.com to learn more about our Ko Olina Resort management services.