‘Historic’ swell: Waves swamp Hulihe‘e Palace wedding, overtop townhomes

  • A wedding Saturday evening at Hulihe‘e Palace was interrupted when a set of large waves swamped the event, sending tables and chairs crashing toward guests. Sara Ackerman, an author who grew up in Hawaii and attended the wedding, filmed the waves as they barreled ashore. (Screen grab from video by Ackerman via AP/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A wave overtops a two-story townhome at the Keauhou Kona Surf and Racquet Club on Saturday. (Screen grab from video posted on Facebook by Issa Sloan/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • People walk in front of the high surf near Kapahulu Groin (Waikiki Wall) in Waikiki, Hawaii, Sunday, July 17, 2022. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Towering waves on Hawaii’s south shores crashed into homes and businesses, spilled across highways and upended weddings over the weekend.