Between the rising COVID-19 cases in Hawaii and Hurricane Douglas heading straight for us, it may be the kind of weekend where we stay in for the better part of it. Here are some ideas:

1. Sign up for Maka’ala Emergency Alerts

With Hurricane Douglas approaching, it’s important to stay informed. Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the Emergency Alert Program.  This system enables them to provide you with critical information quickly for a variety of emergency situations. Register here.

2. Prepare Your Emergency Kit and Plan

Here’s a handy emergency kit checklist. There’s also a Preparedness Plan Workbook if you’re feeling extra. Now that you’re ready, don’t forget to check on kupuna, neighbors, and friends to see if they need any help.

3. Go Plastic-Free 

Zero Waste Maui Coalition created this great graphic to remind us that even though we’re in emergency mode, it doesn’t mean we abandon our values. Find ways to prepare that support the environment and the local economy. 

4. Bask in Comet Neowise Glow

You’re prepared and hunkered down. Now what? If you weren’t able to catch Comet Neowise, seek out images like the one here taken on the North Shore by local photographer Daniel Sullivan. There’s something about stargazing that reminds us all how infinitesimal we are.

5. Get Cozy on the Couch

With all the reasons to stay home, you may have exhausted all ideas for movies and shows to watch with the family. If your kids enjoy science, try Lost in Space. A different take on superheroes? Check out Raising Dion. If you aren’t familiar with Studio Ghibli movies, we recommend Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo for the younger kids and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke for the older ones. Pop some popcorn and cozy up on the couch, hopefully before the power goes out.

Stay safe Maui!