KALIHI VALLEY (HawaiiNewsNow) - No one was hurt when at least five boulders fell from a steep hillside in Kalihi Valley, causing substantial damage to two homes.
The boulders fell at around 9 p.m. Thursday on Kula Kolea Place. Witnesses said they heard a crackling noise, and then the sounds of the boulders as they crashed through homes.
"I was on my computer, with my headphones on when it happened. I just heard the rumbling," said resident John Maemori. "All of a sudden, I felt this big 'woosh' came through, I saw half my house was gone."
Maemori had lived in the house at 2408 Kula Kolea Place all his life.
Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said two homes were substantially damaged, while a third home received some minor damage.
Emergency crews said they would wait until daylight to determine how much damage was done and how many boulders fell.
One of the boulders sat in the middle of the roadway. It was about six feet wide. Another boulder left a small crater in the pavement as it bounced toward a home below.
Residents were told to leave some 15 homes in the area. Authorities estimated as many as 50 people would have to find another place to stay for the night. American Red Cross and city Emergency Services Department personnel were on the scene to assist the residents.