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.
What do you do when you can’t even get out of your own road and neighborhood? Shoot flowers in the yard.
This section of the Pahoa-Kapoho Road has been on many top ten lists as one of the most beautiful tree-lined drives in the world. It’s easy to see why as you view images of the way it used to be.
After Iselle blew through in August of 2014, the landscape was forever changed.
Few people realize that the Albizia were planted at the onset of WWII to hide movements of troops, supplies and citizens from planes and dirigibles. The Albizia have been at home on Hawaii far longer than most of the people.
You will never be able to drive under the canopies and listen to the trees play tag with the breeze, but you can see what once was in the following images.
We just missed this big boy by a few minutes. These limbs are falling about every couple of weeks from the Albizia trees and blocking the road. I’m surprised that we still have any trees. This is HWY 132, also known as the Pahoa-Kapoho Road and Old Government Road. Tropical Storm Flossie also knocked over a few trees and snapped limbs causing the road to be closed for a day while the county cleaned up the mess. Someone said that the trees should all be cut back from the road to lesson the dangers of driving….I think they where thrown over the cliff into the sea.