Saturday was a family beach day at Makapuu, but seeing as the flying conditions were looking great, I threw in the XC wing just in case. When we arrived, Frank was buzzing around the bowl and Jim was tanning his wing on the carpet at Juice. Alex called having just gotten off of Hawaiian Air's Bellanca, scouting the conditions along the Koolau range and remarkably not seeing a single paraglider.
I looked up from the beach about an hour later to see a group of pilots forming on Crazys. I left the gang at the 'scenic' beach, let them know I would be back in an hour or two, or I might call from somewhere else.
Alex, AK Chris, Tom RD and I all launched. As I was climbing out and phoning how I might be late or need a ride, Alex was on the radio talking about a big squall line coming in and how he was going to wait it out. On radar the squall was from Makapuu to Waiahole.
What I saw was some squalls far offshore on a light wind day, which to me meant a very long wait. I had about two hours to play, and with a 3,000+ foot cloudbase down range, and light winds, a great window to fly.
Forty minutes later I was at Temple Valley, up high with hardly a turn needed. I looked back at Makapuu to see the rain hitting there.
As is normal on a north day, the flying slowed considerably from here on. The rain scared Kim and the gang off the beach and they were headed my way for retrieve. I got low on the pyramid ridge and spent a while there. The rain was hitting Kaneohe behind me and squalls were lining up at Kaaawa. I decided to go land at Waiahole, and of course I suddenly scored a great thermal up to cloud base.
I barely touched down at the park and my van drives up for retrieve. After landing I looked to the back of Waikane valley and it all turned to rain. Perfect timing.