Hawaii Dodges the Bullets … So Far.
During this hurricane season, Hawaii has not just dodged a bullet, but we’ve managed to avoid a veritable fusillade of bullets . . . bullets which have been coming at us in the form of hurricanes.
They don’t get this far north very often, but when they do it’s very scary. Ferocious storms have reached these islands twice in the last 40 years with devastating results. The most recent one, Hurricane Iniki, hit the Island of Kauai head on in 1992 and generated 30-years-worth of trash and debris in 90 minutes.
This map was prepared by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu. It’s a composite of the tracks taken by all the hurricanes that have formed out here in the Central Pacific this year. That’s us—that little cluster of islands right there in the middle. Here on Maui, we’ve had some heavy rain and a few windy days, but not one of those storms has come close enough to be more than a minor problem. It’s been pretty much the same for the other islands, too.
All of which brings to mind a quote from old time ballplayer and member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, Lefty Gomez: “I’d rather be lucky than good.”