into each life some rain must fall

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Does it rain in Hawaii? You betcha! Case in point – this afternoon the sun vanished behind a bank of clouds, the wind picked up, and then the wall of rain hit. A torrential downpour that soaked the area and left huge puddles, soaked foliage, wet roosters.

The rain was so heavy, it sounded like someone was on the roof pounding on our skylight with wooden hammers. It’s amazing how much rain can fall in such a brief amount of time.

heavy rainstorm in Lihue

The rain lasted maybe 10 minutes and dumped what I assume to be 2+ inches of water. It’s hard to tell from the video but the water below gutter downspout is 3-4″ deep. The storm also quickly lowered the temp inside from 82 down to a chilly 77. Free air conditioning!

We love the daily sudden storms that sweep in, dump their cargo, and then immediately dissipate. The wild beauty of this area grows on us more each day and neither of us can imagine leaving. Hawaii has taken root in our hearts and for the first time in our 22 years of marriage, we know we’re home.

What blog post would be complete without a few gratuitous photos of my favorite fauna – the Kauai rooster. This guy was ruling the roost in the local Safeway parking lot. He was an especially brilliant color and unafraid as I crept up to sneak a shot.

king of the shopping carts

king of the shopping carts

the king and his court

the king and his court

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