All year the rangers at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on Hawaii Island have been telling visitors that “we are drier than Death Valley” this year. From January 1 to November 18, nearly a year, only 1.57 inches of rain fell. Our bragging rights officially ended last night when nearly 3 inches of rain fell in one hour! The heavy rain washed out parts of the park’s loop trail and created a waterfall along one of the gulches below the temple of Kamehameha the Great.
The Royal Courtyard was washed over with silt and debris from last night's flood. You can see here where a huge chunk of the beach was ripped out.
Flood waters cascade over this rare waterfall in the park, spilling into a pit about 30 feet deep.
Flood waters fill up the gulch near Pu`ukohola Heiau (in background). This water is about 20-30 feet deep!
The gulch near the John Young Homestead turned into a river this morning. Normally, this is a dry creek bed. (Note, the water level was even higher during last night's storm!)
The heavy rain that fell last night washed out portions of the park's loop trail.