‘Kona low’ pounds Big Island

  • The summit of Maunakea is seen from a Subaru Telescope webcam Monday evening. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The summit of Maunakea is seen from a Keck webcam Monday evening. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The summit of Maunakea is seen from the Gemini Observatory webcam Monday evening. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The summit of Maunakea is seen from a Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope webcam Monday evening. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Would-be beachgoers watch the surf at Magic Sands Monday afternoon from a distance. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Bodyboarders took advantage of the high surf Monday afternoon at Magic Sands. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Despite the posted signs, beachgoers wade in the waters at Magic Sands Monday afternoon. All Hawaii County and state beach parks were closed Monday due to the winter weather system passing over the Hawaiian Islands. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • The clouds lifted from the summit of Maunakea briefly Monday evening providing a glimpse of the recent snowfall. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii County Civil Defense said it will begin damage assessments today after a winter weather system known as a “Kona low” generated high winds and torrential downpours in parts of the Big Island over the weekend and Monday.