Quick Hurricane Lane Update

While various parts of the Big Island have been affected by the hurricane (flooding), here in Kona it’s been mostly a non-event. FYI, I’m writing this a number of hours before it goes live.

There were some unusually higher waves in the bay and that drew some people just because it was different. Even then, no flooding or high winds damage. 

That’s not to say it might not yet happen as we’ll probably suffer sea levels rise due to the storm swell and this in addition to the increased waves may yet cause some coastal flooding and erosion damage especially along Aliʻi Drive which in many areas is very close to the water. 

For them who were worried about us, we’re doing fine. 

Here are a few videos (remember to watch in HD). Actually, I would click on the YouTube logo and watch them on YouTube. Or, click on the box at the lower right of the video to make it full screen (hit escape to exit). The number in parenthesis is how long they are in minutes and seconds.

First up, kids at a shoreside pool enjoying the higher surf (but not as high as I’ve seen) (1:13):

Just to the right of the pool, one of the waves (0:25):

One of the byproducts of Hurricane Lane (now Tropical Storm Lane) was the presence of large swell in the Kona Bay. 

This is fairly rare. I mean, we’ve seen waves before especially during the King Tides when water manages to splash over the retaining wall and soak cars and people who aren’t paying attention . . . but never tike this. 

Spectators lined up the waterfront (on both sides of the road) to look at the spectacle (0:33):

Note: some of the videos are shaky because I was shooting from across the bay at high zoom and doing so hand-held while keeping an eye on the water that would occasionally wash over the pier.

And what were they watching? Kids having fun being tossed about in the waves (2:12):

They are pretty close to the wall but the splashback keeps them off of it. You can see the outgoing water clash with the incoming wave and toss them up in the air . . . which, apparently, is the point to it all. 

This next video is shot from the pier (about 150 yards away) with the P900 (1:08):

As I said, we’ve seen a few waves in the bay before but these swells had a lot of volume to them. 

Again, sorry for the shaky video but I was trying to capture very dynamic scenes in very low light (Notice the streetlights are on and businesses have their lights on).

More of the kids having fun (1:29):

I did try to catch the surfers but they were around 700 yards away and at the wrong angle from me because the waves masked much of the action. Still, neat to see. 

Two videos (1:11 and 0:13):

This second one clearly shows the amount of water that’s moving around.

And here’s another one of the kids having fun. By now I was really losing the light (0:31):

Anyway, we’re supposed to have rain for the next few days but no major winds and not the kind of rain like on the other side of the island where many roads are closed and they’ve had in excess of 20 inches of rain and a few landslides. 

The island is fairly soaked so the continued rain will cause more flooding and more slides, to be sure. So far we’ve escaped with hardly an inconvenience so for that we are grateful to . . . geography and winds and the resulting hurricane path.

The other islands are getting hit by the rain bands and are facing more than we are . . . and we have two more months of hurricane season ahead of us. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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15 Responses to Quick Hurricane Lane Update

  1. seekraz says:

    Better a non-event than anything approaching a tragedy.

    Rock-on Disperser….


  2. Glad you’re all safe. My friends on Maui and Oahu are doing okay too.


  3. GP Cox says:

    Glad to hear your island all of you are fairing well. Since Lane has been hovering around your state, we, here in FL, no longer hear anything about the volcano. What’s up?


  4. Yes, best you have a non-event that the real thing.
    Warmest regards, Ed


  5. Thank you for the update!
    so so so so SO glad you two are safe and sound!
    Your wave vids are always cool to watch! (And I don’t mean the vids of you standing and waving at your camera!)
    HUGS and hope the rest of your weekend goes swell! (Get it?!)


  6. macquie says:

    A lot of videos you shot! For the height of the bank, I would imagine that the bay usually don’t get the height of the waves caught in the video?


    • disperser says:

      There are occasions when high waves roll in, but not waves with that kind of volume unless there’s a storm coming from the West or some type of Tsunami. The Japan earthquake tsunami rolled over the wall that’s there and flooded some of the businesses. The road is very low there, so any storm can produce some flooding.

      Even during the king tide waves will splash water over the wall and onto the road but the waves in the video were unusual both for the speed and volume. I’ve never seen that kind of splashing before but I’ve only been here a few years. Also, some of the waves would spill atop the pier when they were rolling in. That said, while visually impressive, I’ve seen the road have more flooding than that particular day.

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      • macquie says:

        I was surprised to know that Japan tsunami rolled over the wall, though I had heard that it reached over west coast of the US. A bit odd and stupid comment to make is, the form of waves being made and rolled in are never the same as if they have life. It is why I am fascinated to watch them.


      • disperser says:

        Here’s one video of it . . .


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