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Emergency shelters have opened, mobile alerts have been received and the rain is pouring. 

Hawaiians are now bracing themselves for landfall of one of the worst hurricanes to hit the Islands since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

The path of the hurricane is forecasted to pass very close to the north-west of the islands today and tomorrow. 

As Hurricane Lane draws closer, emergency shelters on Wednesday opened their doors on the Big Island and on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. 

In fear of the roads becoming impassable on the south coast of Molokai, officials warned residents who require shelter to get there sooner rather than later.

Shelters were made available today on the island of Oahu, as the island received a weather warning late yesterday. 

The Mayor of the Island, Kirk Caldwell, issued a warning this morning for Islanders to brace themselves for the impending weather event.

"O'ahu us now under a Hurricane Warning, meaning that we are now less than 36 hours from potential hurricane weather conditions. Please ensure that you and your family are prepared," he said.   

Currently, Hurricane Lane is ranked as a category four storm out of five on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

It means the storm has the potential to bring winds of 130 to 156mph.

Officials have said that the storm could be downgraded to a category three by Thursday afternoon.

However, that is still a major weather event and could bring winds of 111-129 mph causing devastating damage. 

The impact of the approaching hurricane is already being felt on the Big Island.

Flash floods warnings are in place.

Over the last 12 hours, it has been reported that 8" of rain has fallen on the Big Island.

The slow movement of the storms increases the threat for prolonged heavy rainfall, said NWSHonolulu.

Governor David Ige issued a warning to residents this morning, saying:

"Due to potential hazards & emergency vehicle operations, travel in coastal areas & ocean recreation should be avoided. Large breaking surf, significant shorebreak, & dangerous currents make entering the water extremely hazardous and could face significant injury or death."

Hawaii doesn't usually get hit with central Pacific storms as bad as Hurricane Lane.

The last major hurricane was Iniki in 1992 which claimed the lives of six people and injured more than 100.

The 1992 storm caused an estimated $3 billion in damage.  

Public schools will remain closed for the rest of the week.

Local government workers are urged to remain home unless they are essential employees.

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Out of all the cuisines we've tried, it's safe to say that many of us have never tasted a Hawaiian meal before.

But holy good GOD, does it sound delicious.

Ireland's first ever Pokē joint has opened on Dublin's Capel Street, offering ubiquitous Hawaiian dishes that are both nutritious and tasty.

The owner of this new eatery, Niall Sabongi, first created Klaw in Temple Bar, and after its huge success with dishes including crab and lobster, he decided to introduce the taste of Hawaii to Ireland.

Klaw Pokē offers all of Klaw's favourites with chowder, crab, five varieties of Irish oysters and of course, the legendary Klaw lobster roll. 

However, Niall has also introduced a new range of dishes all cooked over a Yakitori charcoal grill to achieve the flavour of a beach. YUM.

For those of you who don't know, Pokē is a raw fish salad widely served across Hawaii.

Since 2012, it has caught the imagination of food enthusiasts across the US and Europe, with numerous Pokē joints opening up around the world.

And now it's Ireland's turn. At Klaw Pokē, you will be spoiled for choice with protein from €8 (yellowfin tuna) to €15 (lobster) or Irish salmon, octopus, crab or shrimp.

You can become super creative by making your own Pokē Bowl, too. First choose a base of either brown rice, quinoa, rice noodles or wild leaves. 

Then the sauces come in with either house ponzu, sriracha aioli, namjim or gochujang to choose from. 

Toppings add to the finish, with a wide selection of sunomono cucumber, edamame, nori, radish, macadamia nut, salty pineapple, pickled ginger, samphire, fried onion, kimchi, avocado and black roe.

Did we mention they serve Bloody Marys, too? And if the food and booze wasn't enough to entice you, it's dog-friendly, with lead hooks and water bowls in the outdoor seating area.

Klaw Pokē is open 10.30am 'til late, and we think we just found our new date night venue.

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