PHOTOS: Hail Observed on the Big Island

March 9, 2017, 8:46 PM HST · Updated March 9, 8:49 PM
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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted earlier this afternoon for the possibility of thunder, lightning and small hail for O’ahu, Maui County and the island of Hawai’i. At 3 p.m. the Watch was upgraded to a Warning for the Big Island with strong thunderstorms being observed along the slopes of Mauna Kea above Hilo. By 4 p.m. the warning was cancelled but the threat for small hail and gusty winds lingered for the Big Island.

These photos of small hail were taken earlier this evening. Around 5:30 p.m. Don Koshiro was driving from Hilo to Kona and encountered what looked like snow on the shoulder of Saddle Road around the 16 mile marker above Kaumana… when he pulled over he realized it was actually small hail.

 

CURRENT ALERTS FOR MAUI COUNTY (as of 8:30 p.m.):

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Special Marine Warning: Windward Maui County waters until 10 p.m. A strong thunderstorm in that area is capable of winds of 34 knots or more, water spouts and small hail. The good news is, it’s expected to stay over open water.

Flood Watch: Posted through late tonight.

Small Craft Advisory: Windward waters through 6 a.m. Friday

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    Image: Don & Hope Koshiro

    Image: N. Basilio – 18 mile marker, Saddle Road

    Image: Don & Hope Koshiro

    Image: Don & Hope Koshiro

    Meteorologist Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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