We have been watching very carefully Hurricane Lester's potential path. The good news for Kauai and the other islands is that the storm continues to track north-hopefully the Hawaiian Islands have been spared a direct hit.
However, forecasts still have Kauai potentially receiving large amounts of rain and significant winds this weekend. The Central Hurricane Center writes, "Although the forecast track currently keeps the strongest winds and heaviest rains offshore, the local weather will be highly dependent on the exact track that Lester takes as it passes by. Only a small error on the left side of the forecast track would bring a significantly higher threat of damaging winds and flooding rains to the islands."
Yesterday, we polled the 'Ohana Retreat participants and many expressed reservations about the impact of rain and high winds on the overall retreat experience. Also, some participants had concerns about being isolated in a remote area of the island without communications as the storm passes the island. If it does storm significantly, the retreat group will be confined to a small indoor area all weekend. We want the retreat to be a fun and memorable experience--an indoor retreat at Camp Sloggett is not very appealing.
Given the expected stormy conditions and the continued threat of a hurricane, and based on the feedback participants shared, we feel it is in the best interest to POSTPONE this weekend's 'Ohana Retreat.
As long as Kauai is not under a "hurricane warning" Sunday morning, All Saints' will then offer two very simple said Eucharist services on Sunday at 7:00AM and 9:30AM. There will be no music and a very brief homily. If you elect to attend Church on Sunday, please stay tuned to local news for weather and local road conditions before traveling into Kapaa on Sunday. Please check Sunday morning the All Saints' website to confirm services will be held.
We pray for everyone who might be impacted by the storm. We pray especially for first responders who will be risking their safety for the well being and safety of others.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Mahalo nui loa.