It may not be the most pleasing to the eye, but sand bags strapped over large tarps equaled success at keeping scarce sand up against North Shore homes.
“Totally. Yeah, totally dodged a bullet. I man at the beginning of the morning yesterday, I was really afraid that something bad was going to happen to the house. And we’re ok, we made it though. We’re ok,” Rocky Point homeowner Alice Lunt said.
Those big waves left evidence in Lunt’s yard as to how large the swells got overnight.
“We were out here and we did the last check at 9 [p.m.], 9:30 [p.m.] and I don’t think this had happened. But you get those rogue, those rogue ones,” Lunt said.
All this big surf brought more spectators to the North Shore, hoping to get a peak at rolling thunder. Pearl Harbor resident Nancy Hagy and her friends got an early start.
“We came up to see the waves. We got here a little early before sunrise because we thought there would be a lot of traffic. So, we’re waiting for the sun to come up so we can see the waves,” Hagy said.
“Oh, we just came out to watch the waves. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it this big. When you get a chance to see it this big, you want to come down and check it out,” Pearl Harbor resident Keith Moon said.
It’s not the first time Moon has ventured north to check out huge waves.
“Right. We came out to watch the Eddie in 2009. It was pretty amazing, pretty amazing. To see waves this size and then to see guys out there riding them. Because you can really get a good idea of the size of the wave because you can see people on the waves. You get a good perspective of their size,” Moon said.
At Waimea Bay, big wave riders made it out into the line up. It had been closed since Tuesday evening, but reopened late Thursday morning.
Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa also reopened after rising water flooded the parking lot at the harbor.