Our time here began 10 days ago in a picture-postcard setting; the type for which Hawaii is known. . .
. . . Mai Tai weather . . . . with tropical breezes, blue sky and plenty of sun. These shots were taken during an outing we took along the coast to Ka’ena Beach Park at the tip of the western side of O’ahu.
Within a couple days of our arrival came the first ‘weather front’ – a storm strong enough to close the beaches on the island because of the dangerous high waves. A tourist was killed while golfing when a tree branch was blown down. A half dozen homes lost their roofs.
That tropical sunshine went into hiding behind heavy dark clouds; being fickle and peeking out for a brief ‘sunset’ one day. So this week’s photos show you O’ahu when it isn’t postcard perfect – on the other hand, when it sure is interesting:
Our second outing was a Sunday drive under gray skies – the kind of skies we have in the Pacific Northwest . We passed Aloha Stadium an hour before kickoff for the Pro Bowl – I snapped the photo above between swipes of the windshield wipers.
Those gentle Hawaiian tropical breezes have gusted throughout the week, sending sand and leaves flying. Grounds crews at Ko Olina, where we are, have been kept busy cleaning up fallen leaves and blowing sand that has covered the grassy areas.
And the sea gods really threw a hissy fit this past week, tossing enormous waves at the shore– some the largest they’ve seen in 20 - 30 years.
These photos were taken on the day after ‘the front’s’ arrival – yet the waves still pounded the shore with a deafening rhythm.
We are reminded that while you can control many things about travel, Mother Nature still calls the shots on the weather. The photo on the left was taken a week ago, the photo on the right this Tuesday. Admittedly we aren’t suffering freezing temperatures like the mid-western United States nor fighting snow in Atlanta, but we are having a rather unusual, wet and wild time in Hawaii.
Gotta run. . .the sun’s finally out and the surf is finally down. . .just sprinkles and some wind. Time to get some rays. . .Hope you’ll return here soon. . .
Linking up this week:
Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox
Travel Photo Discovery on Monday