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Tsunammi Awareness Month Activiteis

12th Annual Tsunami Story Festival on April 6, 2014
"Waiākea Town...Revisited"

Terence Yoshioka
Tickets are on sale now for the Pacific Tsunami Museum's 12th Annual Story Festival. This year's festival, "Waiākea Town...Revisited", will be held on Sunday, April 6 at Hilo Honpa Hongwanji Sangha Hall at 424 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6:00 p.m.
  Gloria Kobayashi
Terence Yoshioka       Gloria Kobayashi

A special feature this year will be reproductions of some of the most notable businesses and hallmarks of Waiākea Town prior to the 1960 tsunami, including the Waiākea Settlement, Waiākea Pirates, Ikeda Shoyu and Hilo Macaroni, Nagahisa Store, Waiākea Kai Elementary and Intermediate Schools, Takayama Vegetable Store, the Tsunami Clock and more.

Also featured will be compelling survivor stories from Gloria Kobayashi and Terence Yoshioka, as well as a presentation of never-before-seen aerial photos taken immediately after the 1946 tsunami, as ordered by Commander C. P. Kerschner of the Hilo Naval Air Station. In addition, Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira will be delivering a safety message, and tsunami poster contest winners will be presented. The event is part of Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii.

Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner, and can be purchased at the Pacific Tsunami Museum or at KTA Super Stores. They can also be purchased using your credit card by calling the Museum at (808) 935-0926, or mail your check to PTM at 130 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo 96720.

Nagahisa Store

1946 Photo Collection

Darryl Oliveira

Poster Contest

The Pacific Tsunami Museum, along with the Hawai'i Tribune Herald, is sponsoring a Tsunami Awareness Poster Contest. The contest is open to all students in grades 3, 4, and 5 and runs from March 3-21, 2014. Winning posters will be displayed at the Museum for the month of April. For contest details see the ads in the Hawai'i Tribune Herald or call the Pacific Tsunami Museum at (808) 935-0926. For more information, click here.

How to Prepare Your Business for the Next Tsunami

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A Guide for Businesses in the Hawaiian Islands


If there is any place in Hawai'i that is prepared for the next tsunami, you would think it would be Hilo.  Yet, when we asked the question to businesses in downtown Hilo, only a third said Hilo was prepared.  With this information in hand, the Pacific Tsunami Museum embarked on a project with the County of Hawai'i Planning Dept. to assess and assist businesses with their tsunami preparation and planning.  The result was one-on-one consultation, small group sessions, a Tsunami-Safe Fair, and the publication of a document entitled “How to Prepare Your Business for the Next Tsunami”. 

There was tremendous community collaboration and support for the project.  The County Planning, Research and Development and Fire Departments, as well as Hawai'i County Civil Defense were all major contributors.  Support came from the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, Kanoelehua Industrial Area Association, and the Hilo Bay Watershed Advisory Group.  All of this effort brought to fruition a major action of the Envision Downtown Hilo 2025 to develop and conduct a tsunami education, preparation and recovery program for both Pacific-wide and locally generated tsunamis.






To watch tsunami survivor video clips see our Survivor Video page.

New!   Are you in a Tsunami Evacuation Zone?

Wonder where the tsunami evacuation zone is near you?

NOAA in partnership with the State of Hawaii has developed the Are you in a Tsunami Evacuation Zone? to provide residents and visitors of the State of Hawai'i easy, online access to the State's tsunami evacuation zone maps. Check it out!

tsunami evacuation zone; hilo

Hawaiian Airlines
Book reservations on our affiliate web site by clicking the Hawaiian Airlines logo. You will be able to purchase tickets at the lowest available web fare and at the same time earn bonus miles for our organization at a rate of 1 mile for every $1 one dollar spent.

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