Wave riders take advantage of rare opportunity in West Hawaii waters

  • Hualalai is clear Tuesday morning as Hurricane Lane passes near the island. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A store in the Kona Inn Shopping Village is prepared for Hurricane Lane Tuesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Laaloa Beach Park (Magic Sands), closed due to Hurricane Lane, is flat Thursday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Laaloa Beach Park (Magic Sands), closed due to Hurricane Lane, is flat Thursday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Spectators watch the surf from Hulihee Palace wall Tuesday morning.

  • A visitor takes photos of the surf as it crashes over the Alii Drive seawall Tuesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A body boarder catches a wave in front of the Alii Drive seawall Tuesday morning. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Body boarders get pounded by a wave in front of the Alii Drive seawall Tuesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A body boarder catches a wave in front of the Alii Drive seawall Tuesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Body boarders catch a wave in Kailua Bay Tuesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A body boarder catches a wave in Kailua Bay Tuesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA —Boarded up storefronts peppered the north end of Alii Drive Thursday morning, standing in lonely juxtaposition to a thoroughfare bustling with foot and vehicle traffic.