Iselle aftermath Big Island,Travel Photo Mondays

Iselle aftermath Big Island,Travel Photo Mondays

Iselle aftermath Big Island,Travel Photo Mondays



Iselle aftermath Big Island  – Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing beautiful imagery and personal story telling. You can also check us out on Twitter for Travel Photo Mondays at #tpMondays for more updates and submissions for the day.

I flew in the day after Iselle came across the Big Island the night before and  typically full planes going to Hawaii, my flight skeletal with a whole row to myself. The flight is smooth with a nice breakfast service and rum punch offered before we fly into Kona – funny it was nice and sunny in Kona with no aftermath effects like it was another perfect day in paradise.

Although, things are totally different on the East side of the island that took the brunt of Iselle’s fury. Many small communities are isolated with down trees, power lines and impassable roads, I can’t even imagine being in these situations and being isolated. I’m getting feedback that power will not be up and running for even a month down the road in more remote areas, scary thought. I’m afraid to even open my fridge since the power is also down in my rural community of Orchidland, so I go to sleep early since it gets dark early in Hawaii.
Iselle aftermath Big Island,Hilo open for business

Iselle aftermath Big Island, Hilo after storm



Morning time and things are quiet and thankfully the roads are clear so I head downtown to Hilo which is boarded up but it came through unscathed from the hurricane. A little bit of clear sky is starting to pop up in the bay and a good sign – the Saturday farmers market is still up and running. I head to iconic Ken’s house of pancakes for my favorite eggs, bacon and pancakes and yes it’s open for business and wow open parking for the first time ever!



Iselle aftermath Big Island, Hilo farmers market is open for business




Iselle aftermath Big Island, bayfront





Iselle aftermath Big Island, Kens is open

Things are back to normal on various parts of the island, but on the East side including my area, we are still waiting for the lights to turn on and hopefully soon! I added my photo highlights of the area on my Flickr page if you are interested, you can check it out here.


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26 Responses to Iselle aftermath Big Island,Travel Photo Mondays

  1. Suzanne Fluhr August 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    I was worried about Hilo after having visited there and learning about it’s susceptibility to tsunamis. I figured it must also be in the path of storm surges. I was relieved to learn Hilo didn’t suffer much damage, but Puna really looks like they caught the brunt of the storm. They’ve been showing photos from helicopters of that area on the national news. Hope you aren’t too long without power. That gets old really fast.

  2. Doreen Pendgracs August 13, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    I’m glad that there wasn’t severe damage from the hurricanes, Noël. Hopefully, the East side will recover soon. Thx for sharing.

  3. santafetraveler August 13, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    Glad you all made it through okay. I hope it’s not too crazy without electric. We went through a long outage years ago after a storm. It got old fast. At least in warm weather with an ocean it might be a tad better. Hope it’s all back to normal soon!

  4. travelnwrite August 13, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    Nice report, Noel. We fly to Kauai a week from Saturday and were keeping a close eye on the path of the Double Whammy storms. Glad you are safe and that Hawaii fared relatively well compared to what could have happened.

  5. NatureFootstep Travel August 13, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Glad it is not too much damage. Still looks great on your shots. 🙂

  6. Heather August 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    My parents live on the coast in South Carolina and have dealt with their share of hurricanes. I hope your power comes back on soon!

  7. Michelle August 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    I’m glad things were not as bad as they could have been at least on the Kona side of the island. I remember Hilo as a fairly busy place so I see the effect it’s had on that area of the island. I hope you get your lights back soon!

    • Noel August 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

      Things are back to normal in the bigger city/towns but the hardest hit areas of East Hawaii in Puna is still suffering and inaccessible in many areas.

  8. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go August 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Having lived on Padre Island off the coast of Texas for 10 years I know how stressful preparing for a hurricane, then waiting for and going through the storm can be for businesses and daily living. How great to see the people on the Big Island carrying on as usual and I hope that everything else is up and running shortly. I love this island and am so glad the damage wasn’t worse.

  9. The GypsyNesters August 12, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    All in all it looks like everything survived fairly well. Glad to see it.

  10. Patti August 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Ha! How fun! We had lunch at Ken’s on our last visit. I can’t remember what we ordered but I remember we enjoyed it. Everyone we asked said, go to Ken’s.

  11. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it August 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Your photos show the resilience of people dealing with what ever is blown or thrown at them. What a relief for the residents that the damage was minimal.

  12. Donna Janke August 11, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Hurricanes are scary. I hope the lights are back soon. Great photos.

  13. Marlene August 11, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    It’s good to know it’s not as bad as what my country, the Philippines, had went through. Typhoons or storms can be severely devastating. And as always, your photos are nicely captured, which also show that brighter days are coming. I hope you have your power back now.

  14. Leigh August 11, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    I guess it could have been much worse and hopefully you’re back to normal in no time. Deserted seats and half empty planes are so unusual to see.

  15. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru August 11, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Hi Noel – Big Island got the slam. Here on Kauai, Iselle dwindled to more like a typical winter storm. We’re feeling lucky dodging her and Julio in the past few days. Things could have been much worse. And the commenter who noticed the change in lighting is correct. Big difference. Aloha!

  16. Muza-chan August 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Beautiful place…

  17. Jesh StG August 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    now we get to see the “real” Hawaii – how everyday life is there for the locals! – which I like 🙂

  18. Life Images by Jill August 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I wouldn’t like to live somewhere with cylcones and hurricanes and tornados – I don’t like storms at the best of times. I hope everything returns to normal and you get your power back on very soon. Take care.

  19. Marisol@TravelingSolemates August 10, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    Hi Noel, it’s good to see that some semblance of normalcy are starting to return – the market, the open diner – and that a bit of sky is starting to pop out after Iselle. Sorry to hear though that you’re still out of power. I hope it will be restored sooner than projected. I know it such an inconvenience in this modern age not to have power, but there’s some peace and serenity to be had without it for a bit. I found that out when we lost power when superstorm Sandy hit NY. I hope you enjoy the peace and serenity rather than dwell on the inconvenience.

  20. Kathy August 10, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    I hope everyone is safe!

  21. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse August 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Those pictures are so unusual, the light is completely different from what we imagine on the island. The third one looks like taken from a dream.

  22. Marilyn Armstrong August 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    It could have been a lot worse! We got Sandy and in most places, it WAS a lot worse. Too many storms in the last few years. Far too many.


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