Hurricane Iselle Destruction BEFORE & AFTER (Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii video)

In life, so much of what we see is temporary.

In fact, all of it is.

Today’s Big Island video highlights that in a dramatic way: a stunning before & after video showing what Hurricane Iselle did to part of the island in August 2014, just a month before I left.

When it hit, Hurricane Iselle was the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii in recorded history, doing millions of dollars in damage including downing tens of thousands of invasive Albizia trees along Pohoiki Road where I lived.

Once the roads were cleared a couple weeks later, I shot a video of the decimation the hurricane had caused. And by a stroke of luck, I had ALSO shot a video of that beautiful drive (while hitchhiking) just 4 weeks before the hurricane arrived.

With a before AND an after video, I knew I had to splice them together, giving you a real feeling for the damage.

And then I added a bit of melodic metal to complete the ensemble. Let me know what you think, and I’ll give you a surprise.

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Much aloha and thanks goes to my friend Tom for letting me use the instrumental version of his song “Deep Black Lake” for this video. His band rocks, and you should totally check it out.