Tsunami Images

1946: Hilo, Hawai'i

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Waianuenue Avenue

Waianuenue Avenue PTM Kerschner Collection

Looking toward the ocean on Waianuenue Avenue in downtown Hilo.

Bridge span gone

1996.005.0006 PTM Nakagawa Collection

Tsunami waves flowing up the Wailuku River in Hilo. Railroad bridge span is gone.

Water receding by Coconut Island

2006.074.0002 PTM Akinaka Collection,
Photographer Millard Mundy

Recession of water from Coconut Island (Mokuola) in Hilo.

Surging wave Coconut Island

2006.074.0003 PTM Akinaka Collection,
Photographer Millard Mundy

Waves towering above the coconut trees and inundating the same island a few minutes later.

Kolekole Bridge

1998.006.0005 PTM Carvalho Collection

Kolekole railroad bridge with supports washed away, outside of Hilo, after the tsunami.

Shinto Shrine

2005.001.0020 Shinmachi Collection

Shinto Shrine pre-1946 tsunami, on the bank of the Wailoa River in the Shinmachi area of Hilo.

Waiakea Town

2006.013.0001 PTM Okamura Collection

Aerial view of the Waiakea Town area of Hilo before the 1946 tsunami.

Shinmachi

2006.013.0002 PTM Okamura Collection

Aerial view of the Shinmachi area of Hilo before the 1946 tsunami.

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Last Revised April 2014