No matter how you think about climate change - human-influenced or a natural cycle - the reality seems to be that events are occurring that no one has experienced previously or even thought about as real and present dangers. Whether a killer fire that sweeps into Santa Rosa, California in the middle of the night or 49 inches of rain in 24 hours, it feels like severe weather events are becoming more of a norm. Even in the short 3 years we have been full time Kauai residents, we have seen shifting weather patterns. The impacts are magnified on a small remote island. The strong community on Kauai can recover from this mess but if extreme rainfall becomes a regular event, all bets are off.