WATCH: Hawaii man struck by lightning during Facebook Live

Victim describes his 'head burning'
Posted at 11:41 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 11:41:57-04

HONOLULU — A Hawaii man says he was struck by lightning while attempting to record video of a storm while standing on the roof of a condo building in Honolulu.

Aumauinuuese Puni told KITV that he started a Facebook Live video around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday as he saw storms beginning to roll in.

He was making his usual rounds as a security guard but made an ominous prediction a few moments before the incident.

"Umbrella on the rooftop," he said in the video. "I'll probably get struck by lightning."

Not long after, a bright light can be seen in the video, followed by Puni falling over. Luckily, he said he did not take a direct hit from the lightning and seems to be OK.

"All of a sudden, I just got dropped. I felt my hands just tighten up and my head burning, and that was it," said Puni.

He says it still hasn't really sunk in just how serious this was.

"Maybe it's a cure for the coronavirus. Get shocked or hit by lightning you know," said Puni.

He’s keeping a good sense of humor and counting his blessings.

"Knock on wood. I'm still kicking. I'm still alive," said Puni.

He’s said he’s hoping from now on, lightning won't strike twice.