Legacy of a TsunamiBig Island

Mother Nature has dealt the Hawaiian Islands a few fierce blows in recorded history. Hawai‘i Island residents are especially wary of tsunamis (due to two devastating incidents that still reside in memory).

Massive tsunamis struck Hilo in 1946 and 1960, claiming 159 and 61 lives, respectively. In recent years, the island has been subject to property damage due to tsunamis. PACIFIC TSUNAMI MUSEUM, at the corner of Kamehameha and Kalakaua avenues in downtown Hilo, serves as a reminder of those disasters and a memorial to those lost, as well as a place to educate the public.

The comprehensive museum offers a wealth of information about tsunamis. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (808) 935-0926, or visit tsunami.org.