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Isn’t this just great? Whether it happens or not, it seems every weekend the weather forecast in Hawaii involves some type of storm system that wants to rain on our gorgeous clear summer blue skies, turquoise ocean ‘n white sandy beach parade. Either a “front”, or “shear”, or “trough”, and now, a fah-riggin’ Hurricane threat… again!

Iselle is barrelling towards the state of Hawaii currently as a very serious Category 4 Hurricane, packing sustained winds at a roof-rippin’ 135 mph. Hopefully as meteorologists predict, a body of cool water in its path will reduce Iselle into a tropical storm, bringing much less mayhem then a full-blown hurricane. I’ll take depression. Anyone else in with me for depression?

And as if that isn’t enough, there’s another system right behind Iselle following the same path named Tropical Storm Julio.

Speaking of names, some folks online are commenting about the historical “wrath” of the letter I, with both Hurricane Iwa in 1982 and Hurricane Iniki in 1992, being Hawaii’s last most devastating systems to hit our islands. I personally experienced both, and let me say, it wasn’t “fun”.

So I went to the Iwilei Costco today to fill gas, and you know what? The line of cars trying to get in were so ridiculous, I passed on that, as I don’t have an extra hour after work sitting around idling and waiting. So I went on up to Tony’s Gas Station, and they’re closed now! Tony’s used to have somewhat competitive prices to the Iwilei Costco right down the road, but no more now. So I ended up paying full price at a gas station on King Street. Pffft. Whatevahz.

Anyways, I’m not trying to get too deep with this post. Just curious what you folks stock-up on for emergencies, such as we are now facing. Especially regarding grindz.

Da’ local ‘kine Hawaii grindz emergency preparedness checklist

Canned Meat Products
• Corned Beef
• Vienna Sausage
• Tuna

• Rice
• Saimin (dried ramen noodles)
• Soda Crackah (cracker)

• Shoyu
• Mayonnaise
• Ketchup

That’s it! We’re good! LOL!!!!!


24 thoughts on “Iselle

  • August 5, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Currently positioned approximately 1000 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Iselle continues moving west towards Hawaii this morning, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8 mph, slightly weakening to a still powerful category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.

    Hurricane Iselle 8.05.14 @ 2am - Sat

    Hurricane Iselle 8.05.14 @ 2am trajectory

  • August 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Emergency preparedness for us becomes real when the first dumb@ss traveling too fast for conditions takes out the only power pole on our street. Tends to happen in winter. Tends to happen when there is ice on the road. Tends to happen to 4 wheel drives. Because when it is icy, all 4 wheel drive means it that all 4 wheels go off the road.

    Anyhow….. Cases of bottled water (we are on a well so no water when power goes out, I have a generator but it is a PITA to hook up and get started, the longest we have been out of power was five days and I never had to start up the generator, took showers at the Y BTW). Cans of whatever we can cook on top of the woodstove (because no power means no electrics for heat). Soups, Dinty Moore beef stew. Nalley’s chili. Sometimes we get fancy and make grilled cheese sandwiches. Mostly canned stuff.

    • August 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm


      The stores here are getting completely wiped out of water, batteries, generators, and all other survival basics. People are going CRAZY over this. I heard the gas line at the Iwilei Costco early this morning was backed all the way up Alakawa street in both directions (Nimitz and Dilllingham). I have what need already stocked up.

  • August 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Iselle is currently approximately 900 miles east-southeast of Hilo, moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, making it a strong Category 2 hurricane. Hurricane force winds of 74 miles per hour or more currently extend 35 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds (39-74 mph) extend outward up to 115 miles.

    The Big Island is currently under a Tropical Storm Watch.

  • August 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    We keep a good supply of bottled water, batteries, TP, etc. so we haven’t made a special trip out to Costco, Longs, etc. We also have a few LED flashlights (a couple D Maglites) and a couple of wind-up flashlights and wind-up emergency radio (from living in the Bay Area). Let’s hope it weakens so all we get is a little wind and rain. But then Julio’s right around the bend. It’s gonna be a rainy weekend!

    • August 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

      As of 6am today, Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, Iselle is located approximately 700 miles east-southeast of Hilo, moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane. Hurricane force winds of 74 miles per hour or more currently extend 30 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds (39-74 mph) extend outward up to 140 miles. Additional weakening is forecast and Iselle may become a tropical storm later today or tonight.

  • August 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm


    For me you have to remember New England is in hurricane alley where I grew up. I’ve ridden out a number of CAT-3 hurricanes as a child into adulthood. Best hurricane experience was riding one out on a camping weekend in a 8’X8’ tent in VT (Hurricanes never hit VT except the weekend I camped there)! There have been 20 hurricanes or tropical storms that directly impacted RI in just the 20th century alone with the 1938 hurricane being the worst killing over 600 people in RI and putting the capitol city of Providence, RI under 25 ft. of water.

    I try to go on the presumption based on past experience I’ll have no water, electricity and may have to evacuate to an emergency shelter or live out of the car for at least 3-days or longer. I have 3-ea butane stoves and 1 baby weber grill and a filled backpack bug out bag.

    For my emergency food supplies staying in place or evacuating I have:
    Canned Meat Products:
    • SPAM, • Corned Beef, • Vienna Sausage, • Chicken, • Turkey, • Ham, • Mutton, • Potted Meat, • Beef, • Hamburger, • Sausage, • Cooked Bacon, • Bacon Jerky, • Beef Jerky, • Snail, • Dried Beef

    Canned Seafood Products:
    • Tuna, • Crab, •Shrimp, • Clams, • Oysters, • Sea Snail, • Sardines, • Anchovies, • Dried Salted Salmon, • Dried Salted Codfish, • Nori

    Starch and Protein:
    • Rice, • Powdered Potato (mashed), • Dried Potato (Hash Brown), • Potato (diced), • Potato (sliced), • Potato (whole). • Potato (chips), • Assorted Crackers, • Assorted Dried Pasta, • Freeze Dried Scrambled Whole Eggs, • Assorted Flours, • Dried Beans

    Microwave or Water-Boil Meals and Canned Meals, Soups, Stocks and Gravy:
    Assorted Hormel shelf stable Completes Meals • Assorted Soups and Chowders, Assorted Stocks and Gravies, • Tomato Sauce, • Beef and Bean Chili, • Beef Stew

    Canned Vegetables and Fruits:
    • Assorted vegetables, • Succotash, • Assorted Rotel Tomatoes, • Assorted Tomatoes, • Dried Mushrooms, • Assorted Fruits

    Milk and Juices:
    Shelf Stable Milk, Powdered Whole Milk, • Sweetened Condensed Milk, • Assorted Fruit Juices

    Breads (You can bake white bread in a pressure cooker) :
    • Canned Brown Bread, Flour Tortillas, • Corn Tortillas, Pita Bread

    Condiments (Large Household Containers and Single Serving Packets:
    • Shoyu, • Mayonnaise, • Ketchup, • Honey, • Coffee Syrup, • Assorted pickles, • Sweet Relish, • Mustard, • salt, •pepper, •Hot Sauce, •BBQ Sauce, • Maple Syrup, • Vinegar, • Shelf Stable Butter Flavor

    Drinking Water:
    • 2 Gallons stored in 24-22 oz. 30-year life cans, • 2 Gallons stored in 64-4oz. 5-year shelf life pouches, • 1.5 Gallons stored in 24-8.45 oz. 5-year shelf life beverage boxes, • 16ea.-12 oz. bottle water

    Rapid Evacuation Food:
    Freeze Dried Food Complete Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, Dessert including Ice Cream) 20-year shelf life small foot print very light weight for backpackers and campers same company that makes military MREs:
    • 6-weeks of daily 3-meals a day with Snack rotating menu (5-Breakfast, 24 Entrées for Lunch/Dinner, 4-Desserts for Snacks/Desserts) 2,200 calories a day 1-2 cups of water to rehydrate meal; place pouch in flameless (no external heat source required) heater oven to boil water and heat meal to 100 F degrees in 20 min: http://www.mountainhouse.com/

    If you purchase from company it will be MSRP or you purchase from local Sports Authority it will be MSRP + markup %. I purchased from Emergency Essentials which discounts below MSRP and has sales for even greater discounts: http://beprepared.com/#default

    • There are shelf stable (5-year shelf life for pre-cooked sandwich) assorted meat sandwiches turnovers and bread that can be heated in a microwave or hot water bath or just eaten cold originally made for military MRE: http://www.bridgfordfoodservice.net/ready_to_eat/

    • Also there are self-heating cans of Café Latte, Hot Choc, Tea & Milk or Mocha and Chicken soup, Mushroom soup, Tomato soup and Asparagus soup: http://www.hot-can.com/index2.html

    • Tracking Hurricanes I use U.S. Naval Research Laboratories Tropical website because they give bearing and distance to landmass points plus sustained wind speed and gust wind speed: http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/TC.html

    • Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) is a great Hurricane Tracking site because they superimpose the track on Google Earth so you can visually see (zooming in/out and panning across the ocean): http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/

  • August 6, 2014 at 8:06 am

    The folks at NOAA must have a good sense of humor. Check this out:

    At 5:00 AM HST, the center of
    Hurricane Julio
    was located at 15.2N 130.5W.

    1645 miles ESE of Hilo
    1705 miles ESE of Kailua-Kona
    1680 miles ESE of South Point
    1740 miles ESE of Kahului
    1795 miles ESE of Kaunakakai
    1770 miles ESE of Lanai City
    1840 miles ESE of Honolulu
    1935 miles ESE of Lihue
    1990 miles ESE of Niihau
    1725 miles SSW of Las Vegas NV

    Yup, Las Vegas is now officially Hawaii’s 9th island!

    • August 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Iselle is currently approximately 600 miles east-southeast of Hilo, moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane.

      Hurricane force winds currently extend 35 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds (39-74 mph) extend outward up to 115 miles.

      Forecasters at the CHPC say Iselle has not weakened over the past six hours and in fact appears to have strengthened a bit. A clearly defined eye feature has redeveloped in the infrared and visible imagery over the past 12 hours.

      On Oahu, the City will cancel TheBus and Handi-Van service on Friday due to the impending storm. Sounds like lots of folks won’t be showing up to work on Oahu that day.

  • August 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    As of this writing from KHON2

    “Iselle appears to be in a small region of relatively weak shear to the north of an upper level low. Stronger upper level northerlies between the Big Island and Iselle are expected to weaken somewhat over the next 36 hours. This will keep only weak northerly shear over Iselle until it gets close to Hawaii. Since Iselle is over marginal sea surface temperatures of about 26c and shear is expected to remain weak, only slow weakening would be expected until the hurricane is quite close to the islands.

    It is important to note that whether Iselle reaches the islands as a minimal hurricane or a tropical storm, significant impacts from wind, rain and surf can be expected.”

  • August 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Try shopping at Costco when getting supplies. I had someone took some things from my cart when not looking just few mins. It happen to last items. That happen also at Safeway when there were chicken sale and I got the last one someone took it from my cart. Bad shopper.

  • August 7, 2014 at 10:42 am


    Taking things from your cart? Totally disgusting. I was at the Kaheka Don Quijote yesterday afternoon, where every item remotely connected with camping and “survival” was completely wiped out, down to every last bottle of water. Not one BBQ grill, gas stove, bag of charcoal or propane or butane stove cartridges left. Coolers gone. Only the most expensive rolls of toilet paper were left. They had just dropped a new pallet of bottled water selling for $9/case (regular they’re about $5), and people swooped in like vultures putting them in their carts. Fortunately there was still plenty of beer and wine on the shelves. lol

    The current central Pacific storm positions…

    • August 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      So Don Quijote jacked the price up on the case of water? That’s not cool. On the news last night, they said that incidents like that should be reported to some local govt agency (I forget which one though). Maybe Dept of Commerce.

      • August 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm


        I should have clarified that $8.99 was the regular marked retail price of that particular bottled water brand they had just restocked, which when on sale, goes for around $4 to $5/case. So they weren’t price gouging, which is illegal. I think most commodity items remaining in stock at the stores right now are non-sale items, naturally. However those desperate enough will pay the full price for it.

        Don Quijote did have a sign by the bottled water that said NO RETURNS for that type of product, which is GOOD. Make inconsiderate hoarders think twice.

        • August 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

          Ah, I understand. I didn’t think a large store like Don Quijote would price gouge. That no returns policy is a good one as well. I wonder how Costco’s going to deal with all of its customers wanting to return everything that wasn’t used.

          Off topic but sometimes I think Costco’s return policy is too liberal. Here no Maui, I see tourists return snorkel and fins sets before they fly home. They fly in, buy the snorkel sets, use them for a few days, then take them back to Costco in used condition! And of course, Costco takes them back. But I guess that’s why people like shopping at Costco!

  • August 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Pomai, here here to beers and wines that left. I learn to watch my cart along were my sisters too so no one could steal from it. That happen long ago also to me. People behaving badly when there a sale and I got last item lucky but not so lucky when it taken from my cart.

    • August 7, 2014 at 11:49 am


      Eh, no take all da’ Blue Moon, eh? Leave one case for me, brah!

      Hawaii News Now live video stream from Hilo Bay, where it already look like the weather is beginning to deteriorate….


      Here in Honolulu the skies are still clear, however the wind looks to have picked up a bit, with trees swaying briskly.

  • August 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    When I first moved to Honolulu leeward side and experienced my first tsunami, I vowed to myself I would be better prepared next time for any emergencies. I have all my stay in place supplies good for two months and all my rapid evacuation supplies in a backpack are good for up to six weeks of standalone self-sufficient survival with 3-hot meals a day shelf life over 10-years without any type of heating stove require. My water supplies are packaged for 30-year shelf life and 5-year shelf life. Everything was purchased over a 1 ½ years from local Sports Authority stores and at discount from Emergency Essentials, UT (food is not MREs because shelf life is only 48 months in HI).

    • August 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm


      I’m curious what exactly you have in that rapid evacuation supplies backpack? Checklist, please. Your stay-in-place emergency supplies sounds much more sensible then what I’m about to say in the next paragraph.

      What do you think of the insane mass hysteria (thanks in part to the media) so many folks here have, buying all the bottled water and other “essentials” just ahead of not just this natural disaster threat, but EVERY one that’s come before? Once again everyone is stripping the shelves of items such as new coolers, water storage cans, flashlights and stoves for this storm, when they should already have them from emergency preparedness for previous events.

      • August 8, 2014 at 12:20 am

        What you describe in your second paragraph is typical hurricane preparation in Miami, even when hurricanes are predicted to be “the big one coming for us” every other week. What happens to those batteries in just a week’s time? Who knows, but they are gone like the water, bread, canned goods, the plywood at home depot (for windows). Every time (and like I said, it’s not just a 1-2 times a year event). People go into hysteria mode. Then nothing/something only light comes, and I guess they shrug and drink their water.

        I’m not trying to make light of the situation, just the general public’s tendencies toward hysteria.

        • August 9, 2014 at 9:50 am


          I’d presume, if the people of Hawaii do as they did at the stores in this last scare, I’d hate to be in Florida. Run to the hills! But there’s no hills!

      • August 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm


        I don’t understand why people get so crazy when a storm is predicted. Maybe it’s because the mainland news media hypes things into major disasters. I received a lot of messages and telephone calls from mainland friends telling me to be safe. The other thing I noticed on TV news today they were telling Hawaii people not to start eating or partying with their emergency rations just yet because Iselle is not over and Julio is still coming.

        My Backpack is sitting in the closet ready to go when needed has a change of clothing, personal items, travel toilet paper and travel seat covers, hygiene needs, foul weather gear, 1-man tent, sleeping bag, first-aid kit, whistle, mirror, small hand-crank combo radio/flash light/charger, single serving condiments for meals, disposable eating utensils, water for cooking and drinking (5-year shelf life) Compact Mountain House Freeze Dried Complete Meal Pouches (over 10-year shelf life) and Mountain House Flameless Ovens (Reusable) for heating meals.

        I purchased all my emergency supplies over 1 ½ years from:
        Sports Authority: http://www.sportsauthority.com
        Mountain House: http://www.mountainhouse.com/
        Emergency Essentials: http://beprepared.com/#default
        Aqua Blox: http://www.aquablox.com/
        WorldGrocer: http://www.worldgrocer.com/
        Minimus (single servings and travel supplies): http://www.minimus.biz/

        Note: Mountain House meals are MSRP on their website, Sports Authority sells at MSRP plus markup and Emergency Essentials sells at MSRP or at discount. Emergency Essentials sells water in 30-year shelf life cans and in 5-year shelf life U.S. Coast Guard approved lifeboat boxes and pouches. I purchased the 30-year cans of water for the house and the boxes and pouches for backpacking.

  • August 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Hurricane Iselle is losing strength as it approaches the Big Island but it’s still barely a CAT-1 and the path will take it right over Madame Pele’s home! Yikes that has never happened or recorded before!! We are seeing history being made here; a hurricane going over a live active volcano. Madame Pele is going to pissed and maybe that is why the Big Island had a 4.5 magnitude earth quake today.


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