Nature has spoken once again, with a little help from ancient earthen dams. The horrific story on Kauai only serves to amplify how unpredictable weather and its effects can be. Mudslides, rocks and waterfalls tumbling down cliffs, utility poles snapping like twigs, mounds of water rushing over a normally tranquil setting in Kauai- we've seen a lot in just the past year or so.
The tragedy on Kauai should cause every dam to be inspected throughout Hawaii , much like the snapped poles in Nanakuli will cause a new round of inspections of utility poles. While some things can be checked and safeguards can be put in place to prevent disaster, other things simply can't be predicted or foreshadowed.