Hurricane Iniki (1992) struck the island of Kauaʻi on September 11 at peak intensity; it had winds of 145 mph and was a Category 4 hurricane. On the south coast some hotels took several years to be rebuilt. One hotel—the Coco Palms Resort famous for Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii—never reopened after the hurricane. Electric companies restored only 20% of the island's power service within four weeks of Iniki, while other areas were without power for up to three months.
Hurricane Iniki Rallies Amateurs By Ron Hashiro, KH6JCA (Now AH6RH) As Hurricane Iniki tore its destruction through the Hawaiian Islands, Amateur Radio operators maintained an exclusive communications backbone. (February 1993 American Radio Relay League, Inc.)
HAWAIʻI HURRICANE SEASON STARTS | HAWAIʻI VISITOR CHECKLIST — from Beat of Hawaiʻi. The official Hawaiʻi hurricane season begins June 1 and runs until December. The last hurricane to hit Hawaiʻi was 21 years ago when Hurricane Iniki decimated Hawaiʻi, primarily Kauai. Even after two decades, hurricanes in Hawaiʻi are something those of us here always keep in mind. The good news is that NOAA has predicted a mild Pacific hurricane season this year. Still, it pays to be prepared.