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Transplants thrive in rain

January 30, 2013
The Maui News
Recent New England transplants Jeffery Terwilliger and Carrie Faucher are ready for more foul weather as they carry their raincoats past a large puddle at Kalama Park in Kihei on Tuesday afternoon. The couple moved to Kihei from New Hampshire 10 days ago and said they were surprised by how worked up everybody gets over a little rain — both locals who are hopeful to see an end to drought conditions and tourists anxious that their expensive vacations may be ruined. “We didn’t mind it a bit, but everybody here seems so shocked by it,” Terwilliger said. “It’s 10 degrees in New Hampshire.” There was enough rain for Maui County Public Works crews to set up barricades along areas of South Kihei Road that were flooded from heavy rains Tuesday. The flooding included areas near the Aston Maui Lu Resort, Waipuilani, Uluniu and Auhana roads, Lipoa Street and Kalama Park. According to the National Weather Service, more than a half-inch of rain fell in Kihei in the 24 hours ending at 2 p.m. Tuesday. More rain fell in Kihei than in Kahului, Haiku and Pukalani. Other areas reporting heavy rain included Waikapu, Wailuku, Kaupo and Kaunakakai. On Tuesday afternoon, Public Works and Maui Electric Co. crews responded to Awalau Road in Haiku, where a fallen tree branch downed power lines, officials said. The National Weather Service forecast for today is mostly sunny with scattered showers in windward and mountain areas and isolated showers in leeward areas. Temperatures will range from 77 to 82 degrees; winds will be variable, blowing up to 15 mph.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo


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