Tsunami Images

1975: Halape and Punalu'u, Hawai'i

Halape group

Thompson Collection

Map showing Halape

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.

Halape coast before

National Park Service

View of the Halape coast before the 1975 tsunami. Note the palm grove in the middle right side of the picture.

Halape coast after

Hawaii Volcano Observatory

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

2005.002.0010 Hirayama Collection

Halape palm grove, taken from small island offshore.

Dead palm grove

2005.002.0021 Hirayama Collection

Halape palm grove, dead from immersion in sea water.

Punaluu house damage

1996.011.0005 Kalani Collection

Damage to a nearby Punalu'u home after the tsunami.

House off foundation

1996.011.0015 Kalani Collection

House carried off its foundations in Punalu'u.

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Last Revised April 2014