High Wind Warning for Hawai’i Peaks, gusts of 70 MPH possible

(BIVN) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high wind warning for the peaks of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island.

Forecasters say the warning will be in effect until 6:00 PM HST on Saturday.

Westerly winds of 50 to 60 mph, with localized gusts over 75 mph, are possible for the Big Island peaks.

“These strong winds can make driving and walking dangerous,” the National Weather Service said. “The wind can force open doors and damage hinges or slam doors, potentially causing injury.”

“Be prepared for road closures,” the forecasters said. “Postpone trips to the peaks until conditions improve.”

As of Friday afternoon, the Maunakea Access Road at the mid-level visitor information station was closed to the public “due to wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour,” park rangers said.

The National Park Service website shows that the summit of Mauna Loa is also closed to all-day hiking and camping due to high winds.