Swells smaller but still surfable

FIRST PHOTO: With a large swell dropping in size Thursday afternoon, a surfer charges a wave at Honolua Bay. The rocky point he is surfing crosses in front of Honolua’s famed cave that has claimed many surfboards and bloodied many surfers.

SECOND PHOTO: Paia’s Bridget Appicello and Tyler Beckstead (left) stand atop the cliffs overlooking Honolua Bay as they debate whether to join the small crowd surfing small waves. “It’s definitely gone down,” said Beckstead, who had caught the recent big swell at Honolua on Tuesday.