November 19, 2008 – Hilo, Hawaii
Residents were stopping by the Boiling Pots in Hilo yesterday to take a look at the Wailuku River, which was churning rapidly down the mountain after months of relative dormancy.
The Hilo Airport reported a rainfall total of 2.23 inches in a 24 hour period on the 19th. This, and a few prior days of heavy rain, has helped to get the Wailuku and other east Hawaii streams flowing at large volumes once again. Dirt and minerals also ran down the waterway, turning the water a golden brown color. The bays into which the streams emptied were nearly red.
Last winter, the Wailuku was swollen to extremes with all the rainfall, making this scene pale in comparison.