How bad can it get for tourists and locals in Hawaii, well not so good. While bracing for two major storms, the Big Island of Hawaii gets hit by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake. The tremor hit the Waimea region and according to on line news sources no damage was reported, just a few jostled nerves.
The Maui New reported that so far there is no threat of a tsunami, but the rains are due. It’s hard to believe that the last major Hawaii hurricane was over two decades ago. The weather on the way includes Iselle, a Category 1 storm, which is expected to arrive tonight, August 7. Hurricane Julio will go north over the Big Island this weekend.
As one might expect locals, and tourists are stocking up on supplies and battening down the hatches bringing in supplies and protecting homes from floods with sand bags. According to news sources on line, TV and radio, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation allowing officials to tap into a disaster fund set aside by the state Legislature. Island Air canceled all flights in and out of the Big Island today and Friday and said it would resume a normal schedule this Saturday. Hawaiian Airlines once again is waiving change fees for passengers whose trips are affected by the storms.
The last major hurricane to hit the islands was Iniki in 1992 and Los Angeles journalist Richard Pietschmann was there to cover the aftermath which included the destruction of homes and hotels and the death of six people. He camped out in the ruins of a hotel while exploring the area and interviewing locals and hospitality executives.
Having been caught once in a major hurricane-like storm while staying at the since beleaguered Kona Village (it was hit by a foreclosure) on the Big Island I can say that while it’s frightening I can’t think of a better place to be stuck. All flights were canceled and we were ‘forced’ to spend another night in the lovely sanctuary. We sat on our lanai, sipping wine the management had sent, watching lightening illuminate the rough and tumbling Pacific and it was mesmerizing and quite romantic. The next morning the sun shone brightly, and after an ocean swim and breakfast we headed to the airport for a flight to heavenly Hana Maui—that proved quite smooth.
If you’re reading this from Hawaii, stay safe my friends, much Aloha. Watch the video and transport yourself to Hawaii at its best.