A couple has described the moment they witnessed a giant wave crash their wedding in Hawaii. The incident took place Saturday on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island at the Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona.
Speaking to a Honolulu-based TV station, Dillon and Riley Murphy explained they were initially concerned that Tropical Storm Darby, which had intensified into a full-blown Category 3 hurricane in the East Pacific, would disrupt the nuptials at their seaside wedding.
But even as Darby blew over, the couple had another storm to weather when the waves came crashing.
“And we were kind of right at the moment where we were going to start moving a couple things and, yeah, this big wall basically just showed up,” Dillon told KHON2. “And luckily there was no food in any of the containers, the cake luckily made it.”
Footage from the wedding documents a series of giant waves crashing the wedding ceremony. It was a classic “Destroyed in seconds” situation as the wall-like tides crashed deep enough in to knock the entire setup over.
The video shows guests running away from the waves at the reception.
Watch the video below:
If you don’t believe in sea level rise, this happened here in Hawaii yesterday. As pollution worsens, no one will be safe. Your wealth won’t save you. pic.twitter.com/zDrb2pcomy
— Kaniela Ing (@KanielaIng) July 18, 2022
After cleaning up and drying off, the party seemingly bounced back but also served as a coming-of-age watershed for Riley who learned an important life lesson.
“And just the analogy of, you know, life and storms hit. And it’s just, it’s so important to come together and to have all of our family and our loved ones there and it just made it very special,” Riley said.
While no injuries or casualties were reported the Hawaii wedding incident goes to show how vulnerable low-lying islands are to even a marginal sea-level rise.
Speaking of sea-level rise, public beaches in Copenhagen, Denmark have been elevated to demonstrate what life would look like at the end of the century when sea levels are predicted to rise by 1 metre, should the world not budge from its climate inaction.
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