I have an extended summer. Days are still getting up to 89 degrees. We are on I think on the 15 th tropical storm/hurricane of the season that is passing us by. Nights are more typical getting down into the 70's. The days are getting shorter with the sun rising about 6:30 a.m and setting just after 6 p.m. The ginger is blooming, so it can be harvested but I usually wait to harvest the pot after the tops have died down. The weather experts said we can expect that our hurricane season may last through to the end of the year. We have already had twice the number of storms than normal this year and the normal hurrican season lasts until November 30. It is the most dangerous time for us since the Pacific High moves away from us and it is our main protection from hurricanes. In El Nino years our winter is drier and the summers have more rain. Since the enhanced trade showers from the passing storms have fallen mostly on the windward side of the island, they are seeing most of the flooding. The Koolau mountains are also the main water shed for the island so the good side is that it is filling up the wells and most of the waterfalls are turned on.
It can be a good time to get in the water because the surfers like to take advantage of the storm surge, but it is a dangerous time because murky water attracts the sharks who will mistake surfers and swimmers for turtles or seals.
Most people here are now educated and culling sharks is rarely done anymore. Cullings were done mainly to appease the public, but most people know that the sharks that were culled were not all man eaters and that sharks are one of the top predators in the ocean and do serve an important function in the ecosystem.
Besides, you have to realize living here that anytime you enter the water, you enter the food chain. Most of the sharks here are not starving and there are many times when sharks are near along with people. A couple of times we went fishing and we could see the bent fin of the tiger shark in shallow water about 30 yards off shore. And I have had a 2 ft hammerhead shark pup brush against my feet at Ala Moana beach park. There have been two surfers that have been attacked and one lost a leg and parts of his fingers. Another attack thought to be a shark was later determined to be an eel.