Because of big surf hitting Hawaii, there is a new struggle to keep properties on Oahu's North Shore from being swept into the ocean.
The 20-foot-high barrelling waves at Pipeline brought out a few brave board riders to the water Thursday morning, while a crowd came to the beach to see the spectacular show by mother nature.
For Fred Pattachia, whose Rocky Point home was hit by excessive erosion earlier this year, the latest Northwest swell also brought some relief.
"The large surf in winter brings back the sand that my house and others along Rocky Point all the way to Sunset Beach lose every year," said Pattachia.
Unfortunately, the swell brought in sand from properties just down the beach, which caused excessive erosion for other homeowners.
For the Dombrowskis, the damage started in the middle of the night, assand, soil and foundations crumbled into the sea, taking their backyard with them.
"You heard the water crashing, then we saw the deck cracking and the jacuzzi sliding down," said Kenneth Dombrowski.
After the sun came up, the Dombrowski's jacuzzi and decking had started to slide toward the ocean, as the erosion intensified.
By the afternoon, all the land that used to be underneath the deck was gone.
Residents and neighbors had to pitch in together to keep the huge pieces of the structure from tumbling into the ocean as well.
"I looked over the side and can now see 25-30 feet down. In 10 hours, all of this disappeared. Now at our house next door the foundation is going. It is pretty scary," said Dombrowski.
Next door a neighbor's yard was gobbled up by the sudden and strong erosion. Homeowners were forced to cut off their large deck sending it into the ocean in order to keep their house intact.
"We had to sacrifice the deck for the house. Now we just keep pulling it back until the erosion stops," said James Manard.
As a half-dozen homeowners spent the day trying to save their properties, lifeguards were also busy trying to keep everyone safe on this big wave day. Not only dangers from the sizable surf, but also from the debris being washed down the coast.
The concern with all the debris is there are a lot of people walking on the beach. They could step on nails or the splintered wood. We don't want anyone to step on anything and get hurt," said Shayne Enright, with Emergency Medical Services.
Lifeguards had to make a half dozen rescues in North Shore waters, while giving out over a thousand warnings to beachgoers.
West shore beaches, which also saw the sizable surf had nearly the same number of safety actions by lifeguards.