Akoni Pule Closed at MM24

Akoni Pule Highway is closed in the Halaula area following a landslide amid heavy rainfall in North Kohala.

Hawaii Police say dirt and debris are blocking the roadway in the vicinity of mile marker 24, on the Pololu Valley side of Kalahikiola Congregational Church. It is unknown how long the roadway, also known as Highway 270, will be closed.

The landslide occurred amid heavy rainfall in North Hawaii that flood advisory has been posted for areas until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Honolulu-based National Weather Service forecasters said that at 8:36 a.m., radar indicated heavy rain over the northern slopes of the Kohala Mountains. The most intense rainfall was occurring from Hawi to Pololu Valley in North Kohala.

Forecasters cautioned that the band of heavy rain may spread southward into the Waipio Valley and Honokaa areas of Hamakua.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Pololu Valley, Waipio Valley, Kukuihaele, Kohala Ranch, Hawi, Kamuela, Kapaau, Waimanu Valley, and Honokaa.

Forecasters cautioned the people stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action. Do not cross fast-flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. The advisory may need to be extended beyond 1130 AM HST if heavy rain persists.

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