The day after Christmas we decided to take a ride into Hilo. My son and his cousin wanted to go surfing at Honoli'i but the second gulch was closed due to a landslide so we couldn't drive to Hilo along the Hamakua Coast. Instead we were going to drive to Hilo through the Saddle Road which is a few miles from Waimea. We heard on the radio that they opened the road at the second gulch so we turned around in Waimea and drove along Highway 19 toward the Hamakua Coast. It rained really hard near Ookala and Laupahoehoe but we were able to drive through the wet roads that were covered in mud and stones. After we finally made it to Alae Point we drove down the road to Honoli'i to check out the surf. The water looked like a big bowl of brown soup! The tropical storm sucked all of the wind out of the air so the water was glassy with large waves forming out in the deep ocean. It didn't look at all like the Honoli'i beach that we were used to seeing. The river gushed its brown water filled with debris out into the ocean with such a strong force. We saw a female surfer get sucked out with the current so fast that she was in near the high surf with the other surfers in a matter of seconds! No one was bodyboarding to the right of the beach because the water was too polluted.