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Normal service resumes after Hawaii super storm

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Tourists in Oahu and other popular parts of Hawaii got back to their beach holidays a day after Tropical Storm Iselle swept through the islands without causing widespread disaster.

But a large, rural swath of the Big Island has spent more than 24-hours without electricity and is struggling with downed trees blocking roads.

On the island of Kauai, rescuers on Saturday found the body of a 19-year-old woman, believed to have been swept away in a stream while hiking on Friday in a closed state park during a tropical storm warning.

Iselle made landfall early on Friday over the lower Puna region in the isolated southeastern part of the island, bringing down heavy rain, unleashing violent winds and toppling trees.

The mostly agricultural area is as big as the island of Oahu and quickly growing because of affordable property, but it’s nowhere near as populated as the tourist destination home to Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor.

Umbrellas, surfboards and kayaks were back on Saturday at Waikiki Beach, despite overcast and intermittent rain, as attention shifted toward Hurricane Julio.

The storm was expected to pass roughly 255km northeast of the islands at its closest point early on Sunday and linger near the state into Monday.