Surviving a rogue wave

  • Photos by Jacqueline Yau

    Visitors at Hanakapiai Beach begin to turn and flee for safety as a rogue wave approaches Monday.

  • Photo courtesy Michael Shapiro

    Jacqueline Yau, left, and Michael Shapiro hiking on the Kalalau Trail after getting submerged by a rogue wave at Hanakapi‘ai Beach.

“Get ready to run,” I said to my wife as we watched a muscular swell gain momentum shortly after noon Monday at Hanakapi‘ai Beach. Like the 40 or so people at the beach, we’d hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail on a brilliant sunny day, watching towering waves crash into the Napali bluffs.

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