What Kauai usually looks like.

What Kauai usually looks like.

As my sister and brother-in-law prepare themselves and their Honolulu apartment for Hurricanes Iselle and Julio, which are expected to hit the Hawaiian islands in the next day or so, I reflect back with a bit of melancholy on the last (and only) hurricane I’ve experienced. It was 1992 – I was five, and I remember Iniki in pieces. The hurricane was serious; it destroyed a few thousand homes, killed a handful and left the island with millions of dollars in damage, but I was so young I was blissfully ignorant.

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