"It rained really hard for 12 days on Kula and the Kona wind (on Maui, a Kona wind means a wind from the South ) hit 100 mph blowing straight up from Kihei. The winds were in the 80MPH range up where we live. The power was out for 36 hours. (A neighbor), around the corner on Middle road has not had power or water since. A big mudslide came down (Keokea) Park and buried the water line under 20 feet of mud.
There are three little bridges lower down on Polipoli Road. A huge mudslide mixed with logs and branches and cars and trucks washed down into those
bridge gullies and plugged up the openings, overflowed over the road and
washed trucks and yards (away) and knocked some houses off their foundations.
One fellow left his Toyota pickup in his yard and when he woke up, the
Toyota was gone and his yard was gone. The pickup was found down the
hill, across Kula Highway under a mound of mud. Several of the new
homes in the Hawaiian Homes subdivision were knocked off their
foundations. The mud, trees, and water went through there at 12 foot high
and was still 3 foot high when it blew through Kihei (at the bottom of the mountain) to the Ocean.
Polipoli Road is closed. At every bridge there is a 20 ft deep gully, and yards missing and and houses damaged.
My neighbor lost most of his roof shingles. I'm so glad I enclosed the carport (last year). It would probably have flown away in an 80 MPH wind."
No fooling. In addition to the "extra tropical" storms that hit the US Northwest this week (I call them the "Thriller from Manila"), and Cyclone Daman which is winding its way through Fiji as I write this, Hawaii has had its own weird weather.
Blizzards on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on the island of Hawaii are only a small part of the story, if an attention grabbing one. (Not that unusual, actually). On Maui, there were heavy downpours and strong winds which resulted in flooding and power outages.
One of my daughters reports from her relatively new home in Kula, Maui (a community on the slopes of Haleakala volcano):
"...the weather has been insane here. Not sure if you've heard anything there but we've had MASSIVE rain and flooding on Maui. Tuesday and Wednesday there was massive wind and pouring rain. The gulch below our house-which in the last year and a half has never even trickled with water- became a 25 foot wide raging stream-full sized trees were being swept down stream. No problems at all with our house ( we had great builders!) but Kula got hit hardest-one house got hit by flood water and lifted off it's slab and carried 100 yards away (this was about five miles away from us). The guy inside had to climb a cactus to get onto his roof-ouch! No words to describe-crazy.
"All of Kihei and Kula were out of power Wednesday early morning through Thursday late night. What an adventure!"
I should note here that the "great builders" she is referring to are her husband, his uncle (a building contractor) , father-in-law, and cousin , all of whom also built their previous home.
The power outages were due to the fact that high winds snapped several wooden power poles, which were designed for 85 mph winds, near a major power plant like the proverbial "match sticks".
A news video from KGMB television with some good pictures is here: