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Visitors and residents on Oahu look to salvage Iselle day

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - After being hunkered down all morning many got cabin fever and needed to get outside.  They were thankful to be able to hit the beach.

On average there are 95,000 visitors on Oahu everyday, 75,000 of whom are in Waikiki. Sometimes people save all their life to visit Hawaii so they don't want to lose a day to a storm. People were happy when Hurricane Iselle day turned into a great day for surfing, sleeping and sand castles.

"Everybody is down at the beach. Everybody is loving the weather. It's a good day," said Scott Chapman, who grew up in Hawaii but now lives in Indian Wells, California.

With many shopping centers closed thousands of all ages hit the beach looking to salvage a vacation day.

"Check out was about 11:00 and we were going to go on a fishing trip, my son and I are here on vacation from the San Francisco Bay Area, and it got canceled and we're just roaming around figuring out how to kill the time. The flight leaves at 8:00 tonight," said Cliff McRoberts, San Francisco Bay Area.

Some turned Iselle day into a selling point.

"I've been giving out my CD's to people PrinceEricMusic.com. I've been able to connect with a lot of people and make the most of today," said Eric Schaefer, Los Angeles.

By the late afternoon parents just needed to get their kids out of the house.

"They were getting a little restless inside. That's why we brought them out here. We wanted to check it out. There were so many people out here we thought, well we're going to go in ourselves then," said Jerry Kolbeck, Waikiki.  "They can only be cooped up so much."

What was it like when you got to come outside and come to the beach?

"It was fun and exciting," responded Violet Kolbeck, who is five and a half years old.

There was concern that with so many people and tourists out there should be lifeguards on duty. Ocean Safety says it did have a full team of lifeguard working all day making rescues.  However because of the threat of high winds they kept the towers closed and watched from down on the beach. So they were still watching out over people, even if people couldn't see them.

"It's still Hawaii. It's still a beautiful day no matter what happens up there," said McRoberts.

That's good perspective for all of us who are lucky we live Hawaii.


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