Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful forces and pose the greatest threat to life and property in Hawaii.

As we have experienced in the past, the Hawaiian Islands are not safe from the destruction and harm caused by these deadly storms. Our tropical waters and warm, moist atmosphere are a lethal recipe for disastrous hurricanes. In fact, the chances of a hurricane hitting Hawaii are rapidly increasing as the ocean temperature escalates because of global warming. Unfortunately, even with technological advances, there is no way of knowing when a hurricane will hit and how much damage it will cause.

The history of hurricanes in Hawaii


In 1992, Hawaii was hit with the most devastating hurricane it had ever experienced, Hurricane Iniki. An estimated 130 mph winds hit the coast of Kauai, causing nearly $3 billion in damage. More than 14,000 homes and apartments were damaged or destroyed and six deaths were recorded.

A decade earlier, Hurricane Iwa caused $250 million in damage. More than 7,426 houses and apartments statewide, and 30 percent on Kauai alone, were affected or destroyed.


The future of hurricanes in Hawaii

According to Oahu Civil Defense, based on past experience, if a storm as strong as Iwa strikes any of the Islands:


• 12 percent of homes and apartments could be destroyed
• 38 percent of homes and apartments could be heavily damaged
• An additional 40 percent will probably have minor damage

Increased since 2007, Hawaii is now designated as a 105 mph wind zone, which is equivalent to a “Category 2” hurricane. There are plans to increase this figure. A combination of the increased wind zone and the dangers posed by hurricanes has prompted the Hawaii State Building Commission to adopt new building codes. These codes require high-performance windows and doors that can resist hurricane-force winds and the impact of flying debris.

Discount Windows & Doors has the expertise and product selection to ensure that you will not only meet, but exceed new building codes. The company’s Makai Range of windows and doors is tested in winds exceeding 180 miles per hour, the equivalent of a “Category 5” hurricane. In addition to the Makai Range, Discount Windows & Doors offers a wide range of aluminum hurricane-proof products. Hurricane-proof windows and doors must pass stringent tests to be certified. The glass must withstand the impact of a 2 inch by 4 inch beam fired from a testing cannon at 52 feet per second — not once, but twice. Afterwards, the glass must remain in the frame while subjected to 4,500 cycles of positive/negative air pressure, up to -175 psf.


Discount Windows & Doors is your single source for windows and doors in Hawaii.

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