Moku o Keawe —
(Kālepa Baybayan, July 28, 2013 5:46:33 PM HST)
Hōkūleʻa pulled anchor and departed Hoʻokena around 10P last night and was towed to Keauhou Bay and tied up to the finger pier until 4P. We shifted her to an offshore mooring ball where she will ride out Tropical Storm Flossie. Chadd Paishon, Kālepa Baybayan, Tava Taupu, Kala Thomas, and Atwood Makanani will post an all night watch.
Kawaihae is expected to take the brunt of the storm; Shorty Bertelmann and Kelii Mailua will look after the Makaliʻi there. In Hilo, where the winds will first touch shore, extra anchors were set off the bow of the Hōkūalakaʻi and additional lines was taken ashore to the Ironwood trees. Kaimana Barcarse, Ahlun Yung, and Kalani Kahalioumi took care of anchoring duties and will post the Hilo watch.
The Hoʻokela, escort vessel to Hōkūleʻa, is tied to a mooring buoy offshore at Keauhou and will stand by to assist Hōkūleʻa if needed.
Kawai Hoe and Kaʻiulani Murphy are stationed aboard the Hoʻokela.
[Note: The center of the storm has moved north of Moku o Keawe (Big Island) and is expected to make landfall on Maui today, Monday, July 29.]
Weakened but still bearing the promise of torrential rain, Tropical Storm Flossie spun slowly toward Hawaii on Monday. Photo: NOAA