Travel warning issued for Aussies travelling to Hawaii

The Australian Government has issued a warning to all Australians travelling to Hawaii with two tropical hurricanes expected to batter the island over the next two days.

Hurricane Madeline and Hurricane Lester are expected to bring heavy rain and huge swell over the next 24 hours with people being told to make evacuation preparations and to stock up on food and water.

Hawaii Governor David Ige has declared a State of Emergency with schools in the area also closed.


The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a warning late Wednesday, advising all Australian travellers of the current conditions in the area.

“Hurricane Madeline is expected to impact the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island) from late 31 August,” a statement on the smartraveller website reads.

“Hurricane Lester could pass by all islands in the Hawaiian archipelago over the long weekend of 2-5 September. Tropical storm warnings and watches, high surf advisories and a flash flood watch have been issued for some counties, and a hurricane watch is in effect for Hawaii County (the Big Island).

“As changes to the forecast and local conditions are continuous, you should visit the National Hurricane Center for the latest updates.

“If you reside in or are travelling to the affected areas, you should monitor local news and weather reports, follow the advice of local authorities, and contact your travel agent or tour operator to determine whether the situation will disrupt travel arrangements.

Australians seeking emergency consular assistance in the area can contact the Australian Consulate-General Honolulu on 808 529 8100 or the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305.