March Goes Out Like A Lamb? Hardly

Squeezed March 31, 2006

So goes the saying, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Well, somehow this lion didn’t undergo its metamorphosis.

Keeaumoku & Makaloa St., March 31, 2006, 12:45 p.m.

This was the scene just a block from my office. I wanted to have lunch at Ala Moana as I normally do, but I saw this lake that was the intersection of Keeaumoku and Makaloa Streets, and I turned around and had lunch at Hanazen (little Japanese eatery at the Makaloa corner of Wal-Mart).

In short, Honolulu got hit with perhaps its heaviest rain yet. Upscale shopping mall Kahala Mall was flooded, starting at the theatres and spreading throughout the entire mall. The Honolulu Centennial festival scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. Flooding was also reported in Manoa (where seventeen months ago to the day a flash flood inundated homes and flooded the UH-Manoa library), Makiki, and McCully.

Well, if anything, all that rain may dilute the 48 million gallons of raw sewage that is now fouling Waikiki Beach.

Forecasters are predicting a return to normal tradewind patterns this coming week, but hey, they predicted that weeks ago. And with the rain in its 41st day, we can now say it’s beyond biblical proportions.

Oh, for some sunshine!

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