60-foot waves possible after storm brings heavy winds, record snow to Hawaiian islands

WAILUKU, HI — Hawaii is now recovering from the heavy winds, high surf, record-low temperatures, and even snow, extreme weather conditions which affected the islands this past weekend.

Fil-Am Maui resident Kit Furukawa snapped this photo on Monday of some of Maui’s snow-capped mountains visible from her home in Wailuku, Central Maui.

On Oahu, the weekend’s strong winds knocked down some of Kapiolani park’s oldest trees.

Kiawe trees, like the one behind me here, are about a hundred years old. Now what you see is an uprooted tree that was blown over the weekend, by winds traveling about forty to sixty miles an hour.”

Peak wind gusts atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island clocked in at around 191 miles an hour on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

At the nearby Honolulu Zoo on Sunday, a tree fell on an enclosure that housed two rare African ground hornbills, both which escaped. One bird has been re-captured, while the other is still at large.

Honolulu city and county officials have placed yellow caution tape and orange posts around the park areas with downed trees, as a safety precaution for residents and visitors. Weather forecasters predict gradually improving conditions, with decreased wind speeds and passing showers for the rest of the week.

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