17 May 19
A three-minute glimpse (from 2015): Vid, and comment, by Barbara Butler. “When it’s been raining and the river fills up to capacity it breaks through and flows into the ocean. It starts with a trickle then turns into a raging river. Once the water is finished flowing, the waves from the ocean build up the sand again and block it again. Here people are just speeding up the process a little.
“For all the worriers out there who think the beach is now ruined – it all goes back to normal after just a few hours. It’s also beneficial to the Waimea Valley upstream, which would flood anytime there’s a lot of rain. And it is home to a beautiful botanical garden farmers markets so flooding there would be unfortunate.”