By Angela Keen
HONOLULU (KHNL) - A 44-year-old woman is in serious condition at the Queen's Medical Center with head and neck injuries. It was a very close call as a massive piece of the rugged hillside collapsed just above her.
It happened at a popular Diamond Head beach but the incident isn't stopping people from going near the area. Yellow tape warns beachgoers to stay clear of the hillside and the boulders.
Gregg Forrey, a visitor from Idaho, was surprised to hear about the incident.
"It's pretty scary you usually don't think of the dangers of a beach," he said. "You usually think of tides or drowning or having a rock slide in some areas is certainly something you have to consider I guess."
The chunk of the hillside that gave way is about as big as a Volkswagon Beetle. Standing next to it gives you an idea of just how massive it really is. Despite the danger, it didn't stop at least a dozen people from walking by to get a closer look while our camera was there.
Norman Duncan exercises around this area just about every day. This time he wanted a closer look.
"Today I was taking my usual run, I run up to the top of the lookout of the lighthouse and then sometimes I'll meditate out on the beach here for a few minutes and walk up the hill and back," he said. "But, today I thought I'd take a look at that slide."
Duncan said whenever he comes this way he never goes close to the rugged hillside.
"I know it can happen but I don't get close enough to the wall I kind of stay out by the water on the solid part", he said.
In fact, a sign is posted nearby that warns beachgoers to watch out for falling rocks.
Norman Duncan's advice, is what many onlookers have a hard time doing.
"But if you stay close to the wall, the odds of getting hit are a little higher so I just stay away from it", he said.