A 2-ton boulder fell from a Hawaii Kai hillside late on Tuesday night, coming to rest just a few feet away from the living room of a town house there.
It happened in the Lalea at Hawaii Kai complex. It is the same development where falling boulders forced the evacuation of two dozen families five years ago.
The people who live at Lalea said they are lucky no one was hurt or killed when the huge boulder came crashing down overnight. Their lawyer said the landowner and developer have made an "astonishing lack of progress" in fixing the rockslide problem above the homes.
A 4 foot-by-4 foot boulder crashed into a fence outside Catherine Ball's townhouse at Lalea between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
"It woke us up with a big crash, but we initially kind of went back to sleep thinking it was something else. Our neighbors came and woke us up," Ball said.
It came down a hillside, cracking part of a concrete drainage trough, then bouncing about 30 feet onto a roadway, leaving a huge divot and then bouncing another 30 feet, crashing into a fence and stopping just short of hitting the house.
"The way the rock bounced is, again, lucky. It bounced to the left, you know. If it bounced straight, who knows?" Lalea site manager Joe Ornellas said.
"It was good that it took the turn," Ball said.
If it had not, Ball said it might have ended up in her living room.
Residents at the complex said heavy rain fell there just a few hours before the boulder came down.