Big surf endangers Rocky Point homesUPDATED 8:13 PM HST Jan 22, 2014Video Transcript
despite a day that started off cloudy and rainy. For both locals and visitors, the swell created a buzz as the waves grew bigger and bigger. KITV-4's Andrew Pereira is LIVE on the North Shore -- with more. He continues our team coverage... Andrew? Yunji, Paula, the spectacle continues at this hour as huge waves continue to hit the point here at Waimea Bay. But for Rocky Point homeowners, the spectacle took on an entirely different meaning. Sunrise above Waimea Bay at the Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau provided a clear view of the once in a decade swell... white water as far as the eye could see. At sea level the true impact of the swell could be seen and felt at Shark's Cove... Oahu's version of Old Faithful as massive walls of water shot spindrift high into the air. SCOTTY PEREZ: "IT'S ALMOST LIKE AN EDDIE FEEL, EVERYBODY'S JUST KIND OF... YOU KNOW THE ENERGY'S UP AND STUFF. IT'S KIND OF NEAT, IT'S KIND OF FUN." For city and county lifeguards, it was an early wake up call. Crews manned seven North Shore lifeguard towers an hour earlier at 8 a.m. because of the dangerous and unruly conditions... but for the most part, both local and visitors behaved. DAVE YESTER: "WE'VE BEEN MAKING ANNOUCEMENTS, BUT I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR, THEY'VE BEEN LISTENING TO US AND IT'S FOR THEIR SAFETY." For many Mother Nature's display of power was a chance to snap some pictures, or just sit back and take it all in. RACHEL HODGES: "THIS IS SURREAL, IT'S AMAZING, IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL." KIMO SUTTON: "WHEN YOU GET LIKE THIS, IT'S RARE. BUT THEY BREAK OUTSIDE SO EVERYTHING INSIDE IS ALL MESSY. YOU HAVE TO WATCH DOWN BY THE BEACH AREA FOR A ROGUE THAT CAN ACTUALLY SWEEP YOU AWAY." At about 10 a.m. such a wave swept past the sand dune protecting Kenneth Dombrowski's home and others nearby. It was a hair raising moment. JOHNNY SIVIGNY: "WE WERE LOOKING BACK TOWARD SUNSET BEACH AND WE SAW THIS WAVE COME UP ON THE BEACH, HIT BEHIND THE HOUSE AND THE WATER JUST WENT STRAIGHT UP. LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A MOVIE." TANDI KOWALSKI: "SAW A BUNCH OF PEOPLE YELLING AND RUNNING ALONG THIS DUNE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I SAW A WAVE CRASH OVER THE DUNE, THROUGH THE HOUSE AND RAN ALL THE WAY TO THE STREET." For Dombrowski it was a double whammy... waves AND wind making for a difficult situation. However some of the stress was made easier thanks to friends and neighbors. KENNETH DOMBROWSKI: "WE HAVE A REALLY TIGHT- KNIT NEIGHBORHOOD NOW. REALLY TIGHT... NOBODY KNEW ANYBODY AND NOW WE KNOW EVERYBODY." Dombrowski says no city or state official came to Rocky Point today to check how homeowners were doing. He says a simple check would have gone a long way in reassuring homeowners. Back to you. This huge surf sure has been swell for photographers!