Kamakani Winds Strike the Town of Waimea Kamuela on the Big Island (June 18th, 2012)

On June 17 and early morning on June 18, you literally could hear nothing but a roar of wind cascading down the Buster Brown Hillside in Waimea Kamuela.

Wind Damage

There were almost hurricane force winds as I ran from the house to the car yesterday morning at 4:00 a.m. as I was heading to the airport. I heard many things going on just above my house; it was the falling of about three monster trees during the largest gust.

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The winds themselves are called Kamakani (which is also the Hawaii Preparatory Football Team’s name). The high velocity winds took out many of the old Cyprus trees.

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The 4:00 a.m. blast was also responsible for the blue truck’s remodel. Keep in mind, the photo with my son standing in front of the tree (He’s 6’2″ tall). Yes, I ran as fast as I could to get into the car because at that moment I wasn’t sure if I was going to be impaled by a tree limb. I was thinking to myself…this is unbelievable. I came back a couple of hours later to see the destruction.

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3 Responses to “Kamakani Winds Strike the Town of Waimea Kamuela on the Big Island (June 18th, 2012)”

  1. Poomai Dowsett
    June 22, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    Unbelievable! Isn’t this right above YOUR home? Great pics!

  2. Annie Mendoza, RS
    June 22, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Wow, Diane! I hadn’t heard about the trees in Waimea. thanks for sharing. We had the wind in Waikoloa, too, but didn’t see any damage. Sometimes I think the rain loosens the ground and allows more uprooting. There was evidence of that around Anna’s Pond a few years ago. There is so much more debris there now that it’s hard t hike in…

  3. Diane Chavez
    June 22, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Annie-I haven’t tried to hike to Anna’s Pond in years…..it might be a good adventure.

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