Waves damage Holei Sea Arch at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

HONOLULU – A huge swell over the weekend struck the southern shores of Hawaii Island, interrupting a wedding, damaging condos and also breaking off a “significant portion” of the famous 90-foot-tall Holei Sea Arch at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The loss was captured in consecutive photos by photographer Janice Wei, who was documenting the massive waves at the park on Sunday and saw a big crack on the arch’s leg, according to Ben Hayes, Interpretation and Education Manager at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The next day, she noticed a large chunk had fallen away on the lower inside of the arch’s leg.

Hayes told USA TODAY the lost chunk is estimated to be “at least a half ton” of rock. That’s about the weight of an adult male polar bear.

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