Kauai wasn’t the only place to get hit with rain. The storm also soaked Windward Oahu.But most people didn’t let the rain interrupt their day. It was business as usual for many tourists and locals, who braved the weather.From the Pali to Kualoa Ranch…
“It’s been raining a lot,” said Anthony Pilgrim.
“Crazy,” said Angelica Rodriguez.
Mother Nature created a dreary scene for those out and about. Drivers used extra caution, especially on Kamehameha Highway near Waikane, an area that usually gets drenched during storms.
The rain affected waterways, raising levels and changing the color of the sea. But many on the windward side are used to this.
“The ground kind of dips in like this, like when it rains, we’re the first to flood,” Pilgrim said.
He works at a huli huli chicken lunch wagon and says, he has seen worse. Still, the rain was enough to affect business.
“We usually have people driving in to grab chicken but, it’s been kind of slow today,” Pilgrim said.
But other places remained busy. Visitors took refuge under this public restroom, hoping the rain would go away. After a short wait, they went about their day at Heeia Kea Harbor.
At the Pali Lookout, tourists were greeted by the usual winds combined with wet weather and low visibility. But the conditions were not enough to scare people away.
“We don’t get rain in Arizona, so rain is kind of a nice change for us,” said Mary Offutt, tourist.
Others, including these hikers, quickly changed their minds.
“It wasn’t that bad when we got here, The sun was coming out on the other side, so we thought I’ll be fine. But we stated going up there and it started raining little bit and we’re like, no, we better go back down,” Rodriguez said.
For people like Rodriguez, there’s only one way to end this type of day.
“Dirty, I want to go shower,” she said.
The good news is there were no reports of any major accidents or incidents related to the weather on the windward side.