But National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama says it was only a small boost to help cure the state's drier than normal conditions.
Flood advisories were in effect most of Tuesday across the islands. All morning, areas from Waipahu, to Pearl City, Mililani as well as Kaneohe and Kailua were socked by heavy showers.
Kodama says the rain did help Maui County and may provide some relief for the state's worst drought spot, which is the island of Hawaii.
But as is usual in El Nino years, he says the rainfall is not consistent enough to combat the months of dryness.
"As with any system coming through if you're having drier than normal conditions any bit of rain helps, especially in Maui County, Molokai, they've been very dry, extreme drought conditions, especially in the west, they had a nice band of rain go through this afternoon," Kodama said
Kodama says this front helped keep things from getting worse in the Hoolehua area on Molokai. The reservoir levels there are extremely low.
Send in your pictures of weather in your neighborhood to Hawaii News Now.
Photo sources: top Chris Archer, middle @lavagal via twitter, bottom @douginhonolulu via twitter
Copyright 2010 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Hawaii News Now
420 Waiakamilo Road, Suite 205
Honolulu, HI 96817
Main (808) 847-3246
News (808) 847-1112