Hawaiian Airlines have issued a travel waiver for all flights to/from/within the Aloha State scheduled between Dec. 5-7, 2021 due to a low-pressure system sweeping across the islands.
Passengers traveling through Hawaiian airlines have been given the following waiver options:
Rescheduling flights at no additional cost – the airline will waive any applicable fare difference on the same city pair and the same cabin of service for flights scheduled between Dec. 5-7, 2021. Tickets must be rescheduled by Dec. 14, 2021.
Canceling flights and using the money as credit for a new trip – Travelers can also opt to cancel their flights now and keep the unused cost of their ticket until it expires, which is around a year after the original purchase date. There will be no change fees. However, a fare difference may apply.
Meanwhile, Mayor Rick Blangiardi issued an emergency proclamation last night for the City and County of Honolulu as torrential rains, heavy winds, and flooding continue to batter the island presenting a significant risk to residents, travelers and property.
The proclamation gives the mayor power to “suspend county ordinances to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents in Honolulu,” reads the statement.
“This is a very serious storm,” the Mayor said at a press conference Monday afternoon, urging citizens to be cautious.
On Sunday, firefighters attended 47 storm-related calls, including damaged roofs and fallen trees and at least 19 people on Oahu had to look for emergency shelters.
Hundreds of businesses, government buildings, and homes in downtown Honolulu and Chinatown lost power. Hawaiian Electric told to customers to expect a long outage.
By midnight, the rain had started to reduce in intensity across the eastern half of Oahu, but it was still falling on the western side. Flooding remained a concern for the island due to ongoing runoff.
The Kona storm has caused significant problems across the state, but the most affected until now appears to be Oahu.