Residents on Kauai’s north shore assess damage from Lane’s heavy rains

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The sun peeked out on the north shore of Kauai Wednesday for the first time in days.

The Hawaii Department of Education says operations will return to normal Thursday with the reopening of Hanalei Elementary School and the satellite school at Hanalei Colony Resort.

Bus service will resume for those students who reside at Hanalei, Wainiha, and Haena for those who attend Kapaa Middle and High schools.

What’s left of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Lane dumped inches of rain over parts of the Garden Isle, leaving many to fear consequences that were similar to April’s flash flood.

“It’s way too soon for another flood,” said Haena resident Roger DeCamp. “It’s been wet and ominous and trying.”

“We know what our families have been through in these times, to have this happen again, it’s just heartbreaking,” said Hanepepe resident Louie Cabebe.

With Wednesday’s clear skies bringing clearer minds, some residents assessed the damage: not too bad this time around, but still pretty bad. Many said they prepared for the worst, and hoped for the best.

April’s flash flood destroyed the inside of Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant, forcing its owners to shut down. Co-owner Douglas Allen says his team has been hard at work trying to reopen.

The day before remnants of Lane hit Kauai, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of kitchen equipment were brought in. 

“A bummer. Here we go again. So we took everything and put it on pallets. We raised everything, and we hoped for the best,” said Allen.

Allen says Lane set him back a bit, but he’s determined to reopen the Dolphin by mid-September. 

“It’s been a financial disaster, but we’re going to survive. We’re going to make it,” he said.

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