HAWAII ISLAND – The wet weekend continued into the new week on Hawaii Island. Over the last few days, there have been a number of weather related road closures and impressive imagery, like the shot of a deluge coming down the normally dry Waikoloa Stream in Waimea. Visionary Video captured the unusual view of the downhill rapids. It’s a dry riverbed for most of the year.
And an incredible sight on the Hamakua Coast: This drive-by view shows a gigantic boulder fallen on the road at Kaawalii Gulch. The minor landslide caused the closure of Highway 19 for a few hours. Facebook user Lindsey Billye was able to grab some footage.
Waipio Valley was reportedly closed due to flooding on Monday. Civil Defense said residents were granted limited access. On Saturday, eight hikers were trapped in the valley when swollen rivers blocked their path. The hikers had to spend the night and were rescued the next morning by fire department personel.
And in Puna, fallen trees downed power lines and forced another road closure. An audio alert was distributed by Hawaii County Civil Defense. Crews had the road cleared and open much sooner than initially predicted.
As of midnight Monday night into Tuesday morning, Kawainui Stream near Onomea and Piihonua topped island rain gauges in a 24 hours period.