The wind and waves were pumping as the sky showed a hint of what was to come.
"It sounded good to us, sounded like a fun hike and see the waterfall," said Joaquin Hubbard.
He and Amanda Schroeder started out on the Kalalau Trail toward Hanakapiai on Feb. 20, and were soon met with a mess of mud.
"By the third crossing it started to rain and it started to rain really hard," said Hubbard.
By the time the two were several river crossings in, it was a complete downpour, and Hubbard said the Hanakapi’ai stream was raging.
He said they reached an opening, and was quickly surrounded by other hikers, who were trying to make some kind of shelter with little luck.
Hubbard said, at that point, he knew they were all in danger.
"There were about 20 of us stranded on this little island and it just kept pouring and pouring," said Schroeder.
"By the time darkness fell, he said rescue crews had arrived, dropping lower in the valley, and then flying higher up to find more stranded hikers.
"The one guy said there three, but we know of at least five," you can hear Hubbard telling rescue crews on his video.