Aug. 7th, 2014
The difference between a “Hurricane” and a “Tropical Storm” is the wind speed.
Tropical Storms’s peak winds are 73mph. Higher speed winds would be considered a “Hurricane”. I’ve experienced serious Hurricanes when i was living in Florida so even though the “news” said that Iselle was a Tropial Storm, I would definitely say this was a hurricane. We went through it and at times we thought the roof of our home was going to fly away.
Some say that it was legally downgraded to Tropical Storm so the insurance wouldn’t have to pay the damages. Daniel’s dad said he read that the strongest wind speed recorded that night was 115mph! … I don’t know. What I know is that it was intense and there was a lot of destruction.
I juts learned that for the Polynesians and Hawaiian culture, Pele is the goddess of Fire, wind and lighting. It definitely feels as if Pele is cleaning the house and re-arranging things around here.
Here are a few images of the afternoon before the hurricane hit. We had a lot of fun witnessing the waves getting bigger and bigger. On the way back from Pohoiki around 6pm, we almost couldn’t make it back through the Red Road as the waves were encroaching on the road and bringing huge rocks with it, We had to take the rocks out of the way and time it so we could get make it between waves. It was exhilarating and scary!
We are grateful to not have experienced much damaged where we live other than not having power/internet for 10 days. We got by with a small generator that powered our refrigerator, our blender and the oven to make pizza! Ha! We enjoyed our candle lit nights and the coming together of friends and community that’s usually experienced when we are off grid… no distractions that is.
A fun video we made
We didn’t take much pictures of the destruction afterwards but here are a few of the day after – Pictures taken by Daniel with his Iphone – These don’t show much of what really happened around here but at least a bit.
We got a new more expansive Kehena Beach!
Our favorite warm pond was trashed. Our friends Holly & Leif joined us and the 4 for us spent almost 4 hours cleaning it all up. Still needs some more love but we did indeed cleaned out A WHOLE lot! I think I took out about 100 buckets of debris out of the pond!
Candle lit dinner & Homey times
Cacao, ashwanganda, Maca hot drink morning time