Hawaii Film Blog

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Tornadoes and Snowstorms and Hail, Oh My!

Nope, not Alaska: Snowy Mauna Kea on the Big Island (Photo: Bishop Museum)

I guess the cosmos is trying to get back at me and the other NYC transplants in Hawaii who recently pointed at CNN footage of the legendary
nor'easter of '06 and just laughed and laughed. In case you haven't heard, Hawaii's March weather has been a tad cuckoo. One of the things the Hawaii Film Office tells people all the time is that the aloha state boasts 11 of the world's 13 climatic zones, but who knew that all 11 would converge in the span of a single month?

First with the incessant rain and flooding statewide, then with the tornado (yes, Dorothy, a tornado!) on Lanai, then with the hail on Maui, and now, a foot of snow may hit the Big Island. The stormy weather has affected aging man-made structures too--the deadly Kauai dam break may have been exacerbated by the rain, and the Ala Wai Canal and Oahu's south shore are now biohazards thanks to a sewer main rupture. (Anyone want to shoot the Ala Wai for the East River?) I told you we ain't all paradise and sunshine. Then again, the sun does always come out here sooner or later, so don't stop comin', k? Just stay out of the water for now.

Would These Places Give You a Headache?
Hawaii as San Fran, NYC, UK, Oz, etc.

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