Hurricane Lane (2018): Difference between revisions

Power restoration was initially complicated by debris-covered roads and burned areas made off-limits. The Maui Electric Company contracted workers from the Hawaiian Electric Company to expedite repairs. Six poles providing electricity to Lahaina needed to be replaced.<ref name="MauiNews1"/> The Hawaii County Council reallocated $10&nbsp;million from its budget toward repairing county facilities. Repair costs for damaged roads and bridges across eastern areas of the island reached an estimated $35&nbsp;million.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=Honolulu Star-Advertiser|date=September 21, 2018|accessdate=July 24, 2019|title=Hawaii County delays transportation projects to pay for Hurricane Lane repairs|url=|archive-url=|archive-date=July 24, 2019|url-status=live}}</ref> Five sections of embankments along the Belt Road needed to be reinforced with masonry. One landslide near mile marker 7.1 prompted the creation of a [[Mechanically stabilized earth|mechanically stabilized wall]]. Crews also stabilized the foundation of the Kapue Bridge. Excessive rainfall runoff damaged drainage systems along [[Hawaii Route 200|Route 200]]. Rehabilitation of damaged roads was completed in April&nbsp;2019.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=Honolulu Star-Advertiser|date=April 1, 2019|accessdate=July 24, 2019|title=Big Isle highway repairs wrap up after Kilauea Volcano eruption and Hurricane Lane|url=|archive-url=|archive-date=July 24, 2019|url-status=live}}</ref>
In Maui, the fires proved to be the most damaging resultconsequence of the hurricane. On August&nbsp;30 the Maui County Federal Credit Union opened disaster relief programs to fire victims in Lahaina.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=The Maui News|date=August 30, 2018|accessdate=May 4, 2018|title=Credit union to aid Tropical Storm Lane, fire victims|url=}}</ref> The Maui division of [[Habitat for Humanity]] assisted residents with rebuilding homes by purchasing appliances and providing vendor discounts, namely with lumber.<ref name="Fire2019"/> Several local businesses sent monetary donationsdonated to the agency.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=The Maui News|date=January 27, 2019|accessdate=May 4, 2020|title=Grants|url=}}</ref> Two restaurant groups, Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu and Old Lahaina Lu’au, donated $50,0000 and $10,000, respectively.; Thethe former group also held a fundraiser on October&nbsp;13 during which 20&nbsp;percent of sales from four restaurants would be donated to Habitat for Humanity.<ref>{{cite news|newspaper=The Maui News|date=September 30, 2018|accessdate=May 4, 2020|title=Restaurant group, Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu, aids hurricane victims with donation, fundraiser|url=}}</ref> A resident of [[Honokowai]] organized a Facebook fundraiser that received more than $150,000 in donations. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs approved $35,000 in funds for 20&nbsp;families—$2,000 each to 11 families and $1,000 each for 9 others. However, none of the aid had been distributed one year after the fires.<ref name="Fire2019"/> A benefit concert on October&nbsp;21 raised $50,000, distributed evenly to ten families who did not have insurance or other means of financial assistance.<ref name="Kauaula"/> Of the eleven homes destroyed in Kauaula Valley, only one was rebuilt by August&nbsp;2019. Other residents remained in the care of relatives or at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola homeless shelter.<ref name="Fire2019"/>
The combination of Kīlauea's eruption and Hurricane Lane negatively impacted tourism. Although visitor numbers were up from 2017, continuing a long-term trend, the 1.4&nbsp;percent increase was the lowest since May&nbsp;2016.<ref name="Tourism1">{{cite news|first=Brian|last=Perry|newspaper=The Maui News|date=September 29, 2018|accessdate=May 4, 2020|title=Hurricane Lane dashed some travel in August|url=}}</ref> In Maui, hotel occupancy fell 4.1&nbsp;percent and overall visitor spending fell 2.6&nbsp;percent during August&nbsp;2018 compared to August&nbsp;2017.<ref name="Tourism1"/><ref name="Tourism2">{{cite news|first=Lee|last=Imada|newspaper=The Maui News|date=September 25, 2018|accessdate=May 4, 2020|title=Hurricane Lane impacted August tourism on Maui|url=}}</ref> The island's tourism returned to normal levels by the start of September.<ref>{{cite news|first=Brian|last=Perry|newspaper=The Maui News|date=September 2, 2018|accessdate=May 4, 2020|title=Officials: Hurricane, fire tourism impacts appear slight|url=}}</ref>