Hawaii may be currently under a Brown Water Advisory, but that didn’t keep these guys from wetting their gills; something many people in Hawaii have been itching to do since the bad weather (including golf-ball sized hail and two twisters near the Mokulua islands) hit this week.

As rapper Eazy-E might have put it: “Cruisin’ down the river with my 10-0.”

Instead of letting the thunderstorms and flooded roadways dampen their day, instructors from Hans Hedemann Surf School in Waikiki made the most of the murky situation. After all, they probably won’t have any surf lessons until the advisory’s been lifted. That won’t be for at least another week, with rains forecasted to hang around into early next and chances of more flooding are very likely.

“We were all watching the puddles across the street turn into ponds,” said James Donnelly, surf school operations manager. “Hans came in and suggested we try to stand up paddle through the water near the entrance of the (Honolulu) Zoo. We had to take the center fins out of the boards since the water was not deep enough.”

Various areas near the intersection of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue had been shin-deep in rain water over the past few days. As you can see from the James’ photo, the water was also pretty brown and even low-lying sidewalks can become makeshift pools when it storms.

Some people on Kauai had the same idea. I saw a photo of guys stand up paddling past Coconut Marketplace in the wind and rain. Talk about a die-hard! The popular shopping destination in Kapaa had become a brown-water pool as well, only much deeper and with winds much h3er than they were at Honolulu Zoo.

After such a dark and stormy week, it’s so refreshing to see how people still manage to make the most of a rainy day. James said it right:

“I went over first to take a picture of some ducks,” he explained. “I always liked it when people had the attitude on rainy days that at least it is a nice day for ducks.”

Having a sunny attitude will brighten up even the gloomiest days.

Photo Credit: James Donnelly, Hans Hedemann Surf Waikiki

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