New swell hits Rocky Point homes hard

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Dec 26 2013 05:10:51 PM HST
Updated On: Dec 26 2013 10:25:04 PM HST

Because of big surf hitting Hawaii, there is a new struggle to keep properties on Oahu's North Shore from being swept into the ocean.

HALEIWA, Hawaii -

Residents of Oahu's North Shore were ready for the latest swell to hit, but the excessive erosion it has caused took homeowners by surprise.

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This big swell isn't the first of the winter surf season and it isn't the largest.  But, for some homeowners along Rocky Point, the waves ravaged their properties and had them fighting to hold on to their homes.

Throughout the day, the swell increased and, by the afternoon, 15-to-20-foot-tall waves were rolling in at places like Pipeline.

But, the damage from this swell began before the sun even came up.  The direction of the waves started sweeping away sand, then the foundation of homes along Rocky Point.

The oceanfront property owner by the Dombrowskis had weathered winter swells without any problem for years, but this time their backyard was gone in a matter of hours.  The massive pilings and foundations turned into a crumbled mess on Thursday morning.

"You heard the water crashing, the deck cracking and the jacuzzi sliding down," said Kenneth Dombrowski.  "Then, their house started going, so we went over there and started cutting the deck off to slide it into the water."

Neighboring homeowners sacrificed their deck so the erosion wouldn't take their whole home, which had been attached to the deck.

Without the sand, soil and structures to protect their properties, these homeowners hit hard by this swell worry about the next big one on the horizon.

Ironically, the Rocky Point homeowners who had their properties severely eroded earlier this year were helped by the swell, which brought more sand to their section of the beach.

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