Red Cross Closes Hawaii Island Shelters

Red Cross volunteers help Hawaii residents after Hurricane Iselle
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Red Cross volunteers help Hawaii residents after Hurricane Iselle
Red Cross volunteers help Hawaii residents after Hurricane Iselle

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center closed on Monday, August 18th at 12 noon.  Red Cross client caseworkers are working with shelter residents who cannot return to their homes due to the storm, to help with alternative arrangements.

On Saturday night, there were 23 overnight residents at the shelter.  Since August 7th, there have been 2,463 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.


Volunteer Red Cross nurses and mental health professionals have helped 889 people with health assessments and emotional support. The Red Cross has over 200 workers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94% are volunteers.

At the Red Cross shelters and distribution centers, 3,986 meals and snacks were served and 13,146 relief items were distributed, including tarps, batteries, flashlights, water, ice, comfort kits, clean up kits, bleach, work gloves and trash bags to those in need thanks to corporate partners like Foodland, Walmart, Safeway, P&G/Durace​ll, Home Depot, Target, CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs and Chevron.

In the days following, the Red Cross will be continuing to distribute relief supplies to targeted areas.

Big Island Red Cross Caseworkers are also continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

Stay up to date with the latest information by following “Hawaii Red Cross” on Facebook and Twitter or by going to our website at Contact the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter by calling (808)-734-2101 or visit us at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.

How You Can Help

Donations to the Hawaii Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts are also being accepted at local Foodland stores and Malama Markets from now until August 30th.

Help people affected by disasters like tropical storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.