Hawai­ian waives change fees for Kauai fly­ers af­fected by flood­ing

The Maui News - - COUNTY -

Hawai­ian Air­lines is waiv­ing reser­va­tion change fees for cus­tomers hold­ing tickets to travel to and from Lihue from Satur­day through Mon­day be­cause of heavy rain and flood­ing on Kauai over the week­end, the air­line an­nounced.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the one­time reser­va­tion change waiver, a pas­sen­ger must have been booked for travel be­tween Satur­day and Mon­day. Changes must be made for the same class of ser­vice and places of de­par­ture and des­ti­na­tion for new flights no later than April 23.

For changes af­ter April 23, the change fee will be waived by an ap­pli­ca­ble dif­fer­ence in air­fare will be col­lected. Nor­mal re­fund rules ap­ply.

All changes must be made by call­ing Hawai­ian Air­lines’ Reser­va­tions Depart­ment at (800) 367-5320.

Trav­el­ers should check www.Hawai­ianAir­lines.com for the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on sched­uled flights.

On Sun­day, Gov. David Ige is­sued an emer­gency procla­ma­tion for Kauai af­ter Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ports of nearly 27 inches of rain in 24 hours in Hanalei.

He­li­copter search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tions were launched Sun­day. About a half-dozen peo­ple were trapped by ris­ing wa­ters in Hanalei.

The Kauai Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency re­ported there had been tor­ren­tial rain­fall in north and east Kauai and that Kuhio High­way would re­main closed in the vicin­ity of Hanalei Bridge un­til dam­age can be in­spected and it can be de­clared safe for ve­hi­cles to cross. It said com­mu­ni­ties west of Princeville had been cut off from the rest of the is­land, and sev­eral roads from Hanalei to Haena were washed out.

Ige and Kauai Mayor Bernard Car­valho con­ducted a video tele­con­fer­ence Mon­day morn­ing from Kauai Emer­gency Man­age­ment’s op­er­a­tions cen­ter.

Ige pledged con­tin­ued state sup­port for search-and-res­cue ef­forts.

“The Hawaii Na­tional Guard was de­ployed yes­ter­day, and I am com­mit­ted to iden­ti­fy­ing and mo­bi­liz­ing ad­di­tional state as­sets needed to keep the com­mu­nity safe,” he said. “Now that the weather ap­pears to have cleared, our top pri­or­ity is to get to peo­ple who need med­i­cal at­ten­tion and re­lief sup­plies. Once that is taken care of, we will as­sess the dam­age and de­ter­mine how to quickly re­store ser­vices. Ac­cess con­tin­ues to be a chal­lenge given the num­ber of land­slides in the area.”

The state Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ Divi­sion of State Parks re­ported that flood­ing from the rain­storm closed the Na­pali Coast State Wilder­ness Park, Haena State Park, Poli­hale State Park and por­tions of the Wailua River State Park.

There were an es­ti­mated 30 campers stranded in the Kalalau sec­tion of the Na­pali Coast wilder­ness area, the depart­ment said.

Parks of­fi­cials said they ex­pected the Haena and Na­pali Coast ar­eas to re­main closed in­def­i­nitely be­cause of ex­ten­sive storm dam­age to ac­cess roads.

Ige and Car­valho took an air tour with emer­gency per­son­nel to in­spect flooded ar­eas aboard a Hawaii Na­tional Guard Black Hawk he­li­copter.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment: “Com­mu­ni­ties on Oahu and Kauai are start­ing to clean up the dam­age done by the flood­ing this week­end, but they need as much help as they can get. I have reached out to the ap­pro­pri­ate fed­eral agen­cies . . . and let them know where we stand. They are ready to an­swer the call once Gov. Ige, Mayor (Kirk) Cald­well and Mayor Cravalho re­quest as­sis­tance.”

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