PHOTOS: Flood in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
By Russell Snyder, Kihei, HI
View the aftermath of last night’s flooding in and around Kalama Park and north Kihei, HI
Last night was quite the adventure. Torrential downpours led to flooding in my ground-floor Kihei apartment, and then the power went out from late evening to early Monday morning. We heard of a car that floated from Menehune Shores condos out into the ocean. Some friends went looking for it but were unable to locate it.
Huge mahalo to my neighbors Kyle, Angelina, and Dawn for the extra towels. You saved the day and prevented the nightmare scenario of the water making its way into our jam-packed storage closet.
Seriously, huge mahalo to the first responders who were out there dealing with this all night and to Hawaiian Electric Company for getting the lights back on.
Incidentally, it is my birthday today, 36 years young. After finishing the cleanup this morning and washing endless loads of towels, I decided to go for a bike ride through Kihei to Kalama Park to survey the damage and snap some photos.
This was around 9am, long after the floodwaters had peaked. At times, I was stand-up biking through floodwater over the pedals.
You’ll see that the area around the Barmuda Triangle flooded as usual. I recommend nobody get in the ocean for 2-3 days, as it is the gnarliest and nastiest shade of brown I’ve ever seen.
If you like these photos, there are some much wilder pics and videos on social media.
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About the Author:
Russell Snyder, the creator of the Maui Happy Hours app, is a writer, ocean enthusiast, and full-time Maui resident who enjoys sampling the island’s best happy hours and sharing his findings with the masses. When not writing about Maui bars and restaurants, you can find him surfing, walking the dogs, or lounging on the beach. Follow Russell on Instagram @russellscottsnyder or contact him via email at email@example.com.