Sunday, February 28

Hawaii Tsunami 2010

My day started at five…IN THE MORNING, with a text from my mom asking Are you under a tsunami warning? what’s the reports from your end?

I don5 know. still sleeping. It’s 5

8.8 IN CHILE – check your local – SAID WILL HIT AT SIX YOUR TIME.

That got me up! Within seconds Joey calls from work saying they’re stuck there, the highway’s been shut down because of a fatal motorcycle accident. Then I start getting facebook messages and texts and phone calls, and to be honest, I wasn’t scared until I sensed that everyone else was! I was never worried about mine and the kids’ safety because we are, what they call, “up country”. I was just worried about Joey and what would happen with him, and that we’d be without him. All I could think was I WANT HIM HOME. I wasn’t even paying attention to the news and the fact that the entire island was stocking up on food and gas. I knew the tsunami would never reach us, so no need to bother with those things. Once Joey made it home (the freeway closure was behind him) he called his good friend that lives in the evacuation zone and then we headed down to the beach to help them move things to higher ground.

It was around seven when we went down and our road was already starting to fill up with evacuees. The tsunami wasn’t expected to hit until after eleven, and everyone on our side of the island seemed to be taking it seriously, and I didn’t see anyone panicking. The roads were pretty clear way up here, but Joey did say the two lane highway, Farrington, out to this point was very busy, but moving good.

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Makaha Beach was deserted except for a few lone diehard surfers, and a plane flying overhead blasting a loud siren for all the people that live "on the beach”. They have no electricity and quite possibly could not know what’s about to hit. Up at our place the sirens were pretty weak but our friends down here were jolted awake by them.

On our way back up the hill I was trying to get some quick shots of the evacuees along the roadside when one woman said, Look at dat bitch..taking pic-tures! That’s all we need is to give the locals another reason to not like this Haole.

Our friends ended up evacuating to our place, and at eleven we were standing on the street corner at the top of the hill to see what’s going to happen. I expected the entire complex to be out there looking but I think we were the ONLY ONES. Everyone else were evacuees. There was no way I wasn’t going to be out there!

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People were set up in the ditch like it was a day at the beach and they were relaxed and enjoying themselves.

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When we’d already been out there an hour and hearing reports that it was finally starting to show some action over on the Big Island, we knew we had to wait at least that much longer still. I hardly took my eyes off the water because I did not want to miss anything. The kids were already over it.

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Cars were parked everywhere on our street, including in the bus stops and center divider.

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At one point the kids found a lizard and Jewel was ecstatic. Then I made her let the little kids hold him too because she couldn’t keep running away from them all day. She didn’t want to let them “because they’re only five.” Which translated to “she’s not responsible enough and will drop him!” Which is exactly what she did. The rest of the day was a big fat sad face for Jewel.

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This picture screams to me, The Natives Are Restless!

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I loved all these little island kids playing with big sticks and no one getting hurt…. and no one yelling at them to stop. Where’s all this panic the news was reporting?

Finally we started to see some action in the water. First I saw one single solitary large wave, and then probably half an hour later I started noticing this white circle in the ocean.

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It started off as a solid circle and then very gradually started to spread out.

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The weird thing was..no one else was commenting on this. Or else they’re all just very very quiet. Or else, it’s, you know…normal.

While I was keeping my eye on that growing circle I notice the family in front of me.

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How sweet is that? I half expected people to be stressed out, scared, nervous, agitated. I saw none of that.tsunami & post 037

We decided to walk down the hill a bit to see if we could get a better view. We can see the circle has gotten really wide and thin now……and there are whales riding right in it! We also saw the line of cars down to the coast………… doesn’t stop.

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Jewel did find the one empty spot to sit down and sulk in, though.

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After a couple hours we figured there wasn’t going to be anything more to see so we went back to the condo to wait for them to lift the evacuation order. Around five Jewel and I went down to Makaha Beach to see if there was anything even noticeable on the beach.

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Up here you’d never even know this road housed hundreds of people just hours earlier.

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And peacocks stood where we stood all afternoon.

And the beach was quiet and welcoming.

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Looks like the water didn’t get any higher than any other day. The only difference were the lack of sunbathers for a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, and a lack of waves.

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I still can’t believe we live in Hawaii, and now we experience a tsunami. A TSUNAMI! 2010 is proving to be quite an exciting year, and we’ve barely just begun. I CANNOT wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.

We finished off our day getting our ankles wet in a post tsunamic ocean and if I hadn’t been so wiped out from a long day, I may just have taken Jewel up on her request to get our suits on and go for a swim.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glade you didn't let this part of the blog escape you - - good for us!! Nice job!

Carrie said...

Vicki,
What a fascinating story - you could easily be a journalist!!! Great coverage and wonderful photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and for blogging about it :)

Vicki said...

Maybe in my next life, Carrie!! But then I'd have to have a boss, right?

Vicki said...

Thanks Lisa.....I stole your button!

windingcirclelifeschool said...

Its good to hear that you guys are Ok and that it was all relatively minor where you are(no major damage).You guys were the first thing we thought of when we heard the tsunami warning!Our east coast was on alert as well and it fizzeled out here too.Thank goodness!
Jessie

hahamommy said...

Love this post!
Give the girl birdss their due, though. The term peacock refers to the boys only :( Collectively they're peafowl, the girls: peahens. <3

juliecache said...

thanks for the photos! we're under 2' of snow and ice here in iowa (still) -- don't know when we'll be free of it. i feel warm through your pictures.

lisa seager hackett said...

WOW, you are sure liveing the life, I couldn't be happier for you guys. Tell jewel she is BEAUTIFUL. and I love you guys.

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