The Living Force
Massive waves crash into Hawaii wedding reception
Massive waves have slammed into Hawaii’s south shores, blasting into homes and businesses, spilling across highways and sending tables and chairs crashing towards guests attending a wedding.
The waves, some more than six metres high (20 feet), are thought to have been caused by a combination of a strong south swell that peaked on Saturday evening, particularly high tides and rising sea levels associated with climate change, the National Weather Service said on Monday.
Chris Brenchley, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, said they were the largest recorded in several decades. Most large summer swells that come from the south are no bigger than about 3 metres (10 feet), which would trigger a high surf advisory.