Another Big Island Wind Storm

Man oh man we have just about seen it all within the past 12 months.  We have had Tropical Storm Iselle (pretty much a hurricane), a few major wind storms, mini-droughts and active lava flows.  Despite all of this I’m not complaining, just observing it all as it unfolds.  I mean, really, what else are you going to do?  Move?  Where?  There is no other place like this island for better or worse.

This last wind storm really did a number on the remaining Albizia trees throughout the windward side of the island, knocking out power to over 5,000 households and businesses.  From the northern tip of the island to Hilo down into the Puna District and South Point.  Bam.  Break out the candles.

Our power was restored this morning, just before 11am, after being snuffed out Saturday morning just after 8am.  The crews working in the field to restore power have worked around the clock and have done a great job.  Much appreciated.  Some of our neighbors down the road are still waiting for power thanks to the extensive damage to the infrastructure by the falling Albizia trees.

I used to miss the big giants along the ‘Cathedral of Trees Road’, but not anymore.  https://wildhawaii.net/tag/albizia/  I have officially jumped on the ‘get those darn trees out of here’ bandwagon.  With both feet.  I’ll even help cut them down.

Yes, to me they can look majestic, impressive and beautiful.  But you can’t eat majesty or beauty and it only goes so far when they continue to topple and destroy the infrastructure, homes and everything else they slam into.  Too bad they have to go but it’s them or us.

I hope this is the last time we are trapped in our subdivision by these pains in the butt.

With the destruction of the trees and the current lava flow, the face on this side of the island is most definitely changing.

Just a couple of images from the other day to show a micro-view of what our roads looked like.

Road Closed

Road Closed 1

What do you do when you can’t even get out of your own road and neighborhood?  Shoot flowers in the yard.

About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey is a photographer living and working in Hawaii, USA. Ron worked as the project photographer for the Tomb Restoration Project at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry beginning in 2003, and continues to document the ever changing Yule Quarry, amassing the largest photo/video library in the world of the quarry and holds the exclusive rights to shoot the historic property. His images of Western Colorado show the unique nature of this wild west state and now Ron is photographing the sometimes dangerous wildness of the Big Island, Hawaii. With the 2014 tropical storm, several wind storms and the current lava flow, Old Hawaii is in danger of disappearing on the Big Island. Ron intends to document what he can before it is gone forever.

Posted on February 17, 2015, in Video and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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