Hawaii on high alert for "King Tide" over next several days
From Heeia to Honolulu, folks are taking flooding precautions due to the higher 'high tides' predicted over the next several days.
HONOLULU - One of the casualties of the King Tides was Hilton’s Friday night fireworks show. The hotel said last week, its vender was flooded out.
"We probably could have pulled it off, but it came in fast on us. It was all set up, but we didn't have the platforms we needed. But this time we are prepared," said Jerry Gibson of the Hilton Waikiki Resort.
The hotel expects this Friday's show to go on as scheduled. It is taking the extra step to alert customers about the unusual high tides and surf over the next several days.
Hilton said tourists will find letters in rooms urging them to be mindful and careful.
"We expect this event to be more severe. The combination of this high surf high tide is on everybody's minds," said Coastal Specialist Dolan Eversole, who is with the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College.
The scientists briefed hoteliers and others in the visitor industry about the series of high tides that started last month.
The King Tides stand to impact hotels and apartments which may have emergency generators and other critical equipment stored in basements and parking garages.
“It’s to especially protect things like utilities and back of the house service areas that are below grade,” said Rick Egged of the Waikiki Improvement Association.
But it’s not just the high surf that’s set to arrive Friday and Saturday, it’s the long-term effects of rising waters.
"This is a combination of coastal inundation coming overland, as well as the groundwater table coming up right through the soil. So it’s not just flooding directly from the ocean, it’s the water table itself being pushed up through basements,” said Eversole.
Hawaii's number one industry isn’t taking any chances and is doing what it can do to minimize the impacts.