HONOLULU (KHON2) - A new study by researchers at the University of Hawaii is spelling out a grave future for the islands.
Researchers say in the coming years we could see a trend of hurricanes moving closer to the islands.
This year we had a few close calls but no direct hits.
The researchers also predict that by the end of the century the rise in sea-level combined with a hurricane-threat could flood places like Waikiki, Kakaako, Downtown and even parts of the airport.
"We see these hurricanes are getting closer to Oahu," said Kwok Fai Cheung, author of study. "Since the inundation is more to do with landfall of hurricane scenarios. So our results show fairly extensive inundation from the hurricanes."
He says climate change is the reason why these storms could be tracking closer to the Hawaiian Islands.
He also hopes the study will help people living in these areas prepare for the future.