Hawaii is known for a great many things, but what often comes to mind is surfing and surf culture. Having its roots in Polynesian heritage, surfing is a cultural phenomenon that originated from the islands in the area hundreds of years ago. Dating back to the 1700s, surfing was seen as rite of passage for warriors as well as a pastime for both genders and people of all ages.
During the rain season in Hawaii, runoff from the mountains typically cause rivers and many local streams to swell. This rain can sometimes last for weeks at a time and can threaten to wash away roads, houses and smaller towns. To alleviate the problem, locals often end up digging trenches from the rivers out to the ocean. The result can also end up being a surfer's dream.