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Big waves scare some vacationers in paradise

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: May 18 2013 07:05:37 PM HST

It's the second round of big south shore waves. What gets surfers hyped to head for the water is prompting others to move out of harm's way.

HONOLULU -

It's the second round of big south shore waves. What gets surfers hyped to jump in the water is scaring some who are vacationing in paradise.

The big south shore swell is a dream, for Jonathan Cheever who flew in from Boston for some good waves. But, the sets are even a challenge for the U.S. Snowboard team member.

"It was awesome my leash broke, and I'm not good enough to hang out there without a leash, so I decided to come in. Hopefully I get my leash fixed and get back out before this thing leaves," said Cheever.

The rolling waves are putting a damper on some vacationers like a couple from Seattle. A planned surf lesson, now they are going to be no shows. They've chosen to stay on shore and admire the waves from a far.

"I thought it would be good to start down here for the first time, and now I don't want to go out there. I'm leaving tomorrow, so today was the last chance," said Clementine Mueller from Seattle.

With several rescues at Waikiki Beach on Friday, some visitors are making sure their little ones don't get swept away.

"We knew to be careful because we had a three year old so we had to hold him, and I saw it come in spurts. So, sometimes it's really calm and then one just whacks us and knocks us in," said Charisma Mcarthur.

Even the keiki in the town and country surf competition today had to stay inside the swell Saturday.

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