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Following is an update on Flossie. The information was gathered from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and from the Governor's Tourism Liaison after their discussions with State Civil Defense.

  • On August 12, 5:00 p.m. HST, the center of Hurricane Flossie was located 665 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii and about 875 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Flossie is moving toward the west-northwest at approximately 14 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.  Maximum sustained winds are 135 mph at this time.

  • Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

  • The current forecast calls for tropical storm force winds for the southern part of the island of Hawaii (Big Island) late Tuesday, August 14.

  • Although everyone on all islands is urged to continue monitoring the progress of Hurricane Flossie, the National Weather Service has indicated that the islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai have a low probability of being affected by the storm.

  • Flights to, from, and between all islands should not be affected.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates should there be a change in the course of Hurricane Flossie.

John Monahan
President and CEO

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Smoking Regulations in Hawai‘i

The Healthy Air & Workplaces Law

The State of Hawai‘i has enacted The Smoke Free Hawaii law, designed to protect the health and wellbeing of people who do not want to be subjected to secondhand smoke. It is not a ban. Smokers may still purchase and use smoke-producing tobacco products in areas other than those designated as smoke-free under the law.

The Healthy Air & Workplaces Law restricts smoking in certain areas statewide to protect the health of people who do not want to be subjected to secondhand smoke. The law is effective on Nov. 16, 2006.

Where is smoking prohibited under the law
  • In enclosed or partially enclosed facilities
    • owned by the state or the counties.
    • places that are open to the public, including private businesses.
    • places of employment, including private membership clubs if they are a place of employment.
  • In Hawai‘i airports, from cabin to curb.
  • Within 20 feet of doorways, windows and ventilation intakes in order to prevent secondhand smoke drifting into enclosed areas.
  • In the enclosed, partially enclosed and seating areas of sports arenas, outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters.
Smoking in Hotels:
  • Hotels and motels may designate and offer smoking in up to 20 percent of rooms. Visitors who smoke are urged to specify that they prefer a smoking room when making reservations.
How will the law be enforced:
  • Clearly legible signs with the words “Smoking Prohibited by Law” or the international No Smoking symbol must be visibly posted at the entrances to every public place and workplace that is designated as non-smoking.
  • Owners, managers, operators and employees of any establishment designated as non-smoking are responsible for informing violators of this law.
  • Individual violators of this law are subject to fines.
Questions, concerns, violations and complaints can be directed to the Department of Health at (808) 586-4613 or, in Hawai‘i, call the United Aloha Way Help Line at 211. Additional information and Business Resources can be found at www.hawaiismokefree.com.