Maui Electric Company's Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Action
The Hawaiian Islands sit in the midst of storm tracks. Historically, as many as 13 storms form during Hawaii's hurricane season, which normally runs from June through November. Storms are also known to appear outside this seasonal window. Ranging from tropical depressions to full blown hurricanes, these systems form off the coast of Baja California and Central America and move in a westerly direction between 10 degrees to 20 degrees North latitude.
Later in the season, some storms also form south of Hawaii below the equator. Most of the storms dissipate before getting close to the Hawaiian Islands, but if one maintains its intensity as it moves past the Big Island at 19 degrees North, it will tend to curve poleward to the northwest. While there have been numerous near misses, two hurricanes did make landfall...Dot in 1959 and Iniki in 1992. And in November 1982, Hurricane Iwa packing marginal winds brushed the islands of Kauai and Oahu causing over $234 million in property damage.
Other related sites:
Pacific Disaster Center
Federal Emergency Management Agency
On-line Storm Track Map
Western Visible Satellite Image - GOES West
We acknowledge the assistance of the Hawaii Civil Defense and the National Weather Service in this project.