Thoughts about living on an island in the Pacific and tsunamis:
When I went to sleep it was a tsunami watch but when my phone rang at 4:50 am it was a message to all the agents from Jack Leslein, our Broker, to say it had become a warning and it was headed towards us.
Then the sirens went off each hour from 6:00 until 10:00. We watched tv...mostly Hilo Bay, where you could see the ocean inhale and exhale. In Moanalua Bay of Hawaii Kai, rocks were exposed by the withdrawing tide.
Yesterday, three of us were in a car headed down Hawaii Loa Ridge and we all commented on how we'd never seen such a low tide. It really looked as though a giant wave was going to come in and wipe us out!
Anyway, back to the tsunami that wasn't. Waikiki looked like a ghost town...the police closed off Kalakaua Ave., parts of Ala Moana Blvd, Farrington Hwy and Kalanianaole Hwy, even part of the freeway heading out to Hawaii Kai, and warned everyone to stay off the streets...and they did!
All the shopping centers were closed, gas stations ran out of gas...I went to Safeway about 3:00pm...first we couldn't get in as there was only one cashier...then they let us in but they were out of milk, bread, lots of other things...people had been shopping before the crack of dawn.
Civil defense did a great job. We all thought "better safe than sorry" and consider ourselves extremely fortunate that we missed that possible natural disaster.