1975 Tsunami Images

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1975: Halape and Punalu’u, Hawaii

Photo upper left shows Scout Troop 77 just before embarking on their hike down to Halape. On November 29, 1975, two days after this photo was taken, tsunami waves washed over their camp site. Dr. James “Mitch” Mitchel (4th from left) and a fisherman, Michael Cruz (not pictured), were killed.

View of the Halape coast before the 1975 tsunami. Note the palm grove in the middle right side of the picture.
View of the Halape coast after the 1975 tsunami. Notice the coconut grove standing in the sea as a result of the 11.5 foot subsidence of the shoreline.
Halape palm grove, taken from small island offshore.
Halape palm grove, dead from immersion in sea water.
Damage to a nearby Punalu’u home after the tsunami.
House carried off its foundations in Punalu’u.