"Just want to remind everyone to prepare to shelter in place 14 days of food and supplies and water", he said at a news conference.
The National Weather Service said Lane - located about 320km south of Hawaii - remained a powerful category four hurricane, packing winds in excess of 209kmh. All public schools canceled classes until further notice and many state employees have been asked to stay home.
Hurricane Lane is forecast to be the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
Local Hawaiian officials are urging island residents to be prepared for the absolute worst, and the locals have been heeding the warnings.
A hurricane watch is in effect for a number of areas, including Maui, Central Oahu and parts of the Big Island.
A look at the cone representing the possible tracks Hurricane Lane could take as it approaches Hawaii.
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Instead, they must stay put and make sure they have enough supplies to outlast prolonged power outages and other potential emergencies. He's also got a freezer full of fish he's caught on dives and deer he's hunted on the island to last them through the storm.
The US Coast Guard said 57,000 US military personnel already stationed in Hawaii stood ready to launch search and rescue missions, and provide logistics and medical support. Mount Kilauea began producing lava flows in early May and portions of the southeastern coastline of the Big Island have been transformed by the lava flows that covered over 13 square miles (35 square kilometers).
If the hurricane does not make landfall, it could still "pass very close" to the islands.
Hurricane Lane will reach land on Thursday - bringing winds of over 74mph (119kph) and heavy rain. Even if the center of Lane remains offshore, severe impacts could still be realized as they extend well away from the center.
President Donald J. Trump issued a disaster declaration Wednesday, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate disaster relief efforts with the state.
The exact path of the storm is still uncertain, according to CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.
Officials say more than 30 inches of rain is possible in some areas, which could mean flooding, unsafe surf of 20 feet, and a storm surge of up to 4 feet above normal levels.