Forget the mai tai at an outdoors bar, forget the sunset on the beach. A heavy rainstorm swept across the Hawaiian islands Monday, drenching both Honolulu and the small island of Molokai where I’m staying. I scurried back to my room and climbed under the covers to warm up for the evening.
On Molokai, locals welcomed the rain. “We need it,” said Dathan Bicoy, the operations manager for the vast Molokai Ranch where its more than 50,000 acres had been parched brown by an ongoing drought. Almost two inches was expected to fall in some spots in the day, and flash flood warnings were issued.
For bedraggled tourists, few of whom bring rain jackets with them, it was too much of a good thing. They splashed grimly through puddles and huddled in the few shops in Molokai’s one-street main town, glumly watching the downpour. In Honolulu, where traffic snarled in the storm, Seattleites would have been right at home in the city’s rain-sodden streets, as a Hawaii news video shows.