Hurricane Iselle...not so much (on Oahu)
Those of you who pay attention to the news and weather reports may have heard about a hurricane or two headed towards Hawaii. The first of these two storms, Iselle, made landfall Friday morning on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was supposed to impact Oahu later that day and cause all kinds of mayhem. In response, all non essential government employees, two major shopping centers, and lots of smaller businesses (like Nervous Water) all had the day off from work. It turns out the Big Island took the brunt of the storm and the rest of us had a pretty uneventful day off.
About the time I was supposed to open the shop, here's the view from my backyard.
Instead of just watching TV all day, I decided to see how some of my favorite fishing grounds were impacted by the storm. But first I stopped at Hawaii's high temple of commerce, Ala Moana shopping center to see what an abandoned mall looks like.
It's a little creepy, like a scene from the zombie apocalypse.
The view from Honolulu Harbor- just another beautiful day in Hawaii nei. Who would have thought there was hurricane nearby?
Niu Valley on the east side of Oahu was a little brown. I guess they got a bunch of rain overnight and it pushed silt out of the canal. Channelized streams on this side of the island are a big reason for reef degradation.
Hawaii Kai was a little better, but it was still kind of murky. The tide was also very high at the time this picture was taken. That usually dirties up the water until the tide goes back down.
On the windward side of the island, Kaneohe Bay was its usual pretty self.
You see a bunch of clouds gathering in the mountains, but not much rain actually fell. It felt like a normal muggy August day in Kaneohe.
Nanko Fishing Supply was open for business, unlike the slackers at the fly shop.
Here's Mike hard at work (not really).
The last spot I checked out was the flats out near the airport. The clouds had moved over during the afternoon, but the water was still clear and the tide was dropping. If only I had a kayak and a fly rod...
None of this is to take lightly the threat of a hurricane, as the folks on the Big Island are all too aware. I just wanted to let all our friends around the world know that the flats and fish are still here, and hopefully hungry. The second storm, Julio is supposed to arrive in two days or so, and we'll see if that one does any damage. Hopefully not, as I plan on fishing Monday- Clay's last day in the shop for a while, possibly ever. Go bother him while you can!