Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tsunami Saturday...

All I have to say (of any real importance) is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU MAHALO MAHALO MAHALO that the tsunami came and went with nothing more than a surge that carried a whale near the shore! I'm so thankful the island, the ocean, friends, family, and our home is still here in one DRY piece.
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Moments of possible danger totally show you how much you are loved and how much you love others. Everyone on the island was opening their homes to those of us that live on Ali'i Drive. neighbors who knew I was a single mom came to check on Kainoa and me (way early, like 5am) asking if we need help carrying stuff to the truck or filling tubs with water. It was awesome to see the town pulling together. In my mind, everything was calm, as if I had to be really brave looking for Kainoa. So we chilled all morning long, leisurely packing a few things as if we had a beach party planned. A few cops came to get us out (we were pretty much the last car in our condo complex). Finally we left for higher grounds.
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When all was said and done, I passed out. Literally passed out in the shoe closet of Bike Works, woke from a phone call from a friend and a camera flash. Was told we can go home, evacuation was over. Now....I'm just sad for those in Chile that didn't get as lucky as we did, my heart is totally sorry...
OUr 5 hour evacuation included riding bikes of all shapes and sizes, eating too much, playing on the computer till my eyes went blurry like a total geek, rubbing Brooke's belly for good luck, and laughing with all the bike shop crew.

Uncle Kawika took Princess and all her cousins to higher grounds too. Most the afternoon was waiting for the waves. We had to wait for 8 of them, about 20 minutes apart, before the tsunami was over. It took so long when there was nothing much to see. Again, the company was good though and a day where my swim and run were put on hold to be safe with people I love was a good day.


Kainoa and I were the last car off Ali'i Drive, thank you cops for making us leave...it was kind of sad not knowing what would happen. You have to take life as it comes though and nobody could predict exactly the magnitude of what could have happen, so with Kainoas hand in mine we said good bye to our home with hopes that it would all be okay...and it was....


Thanks a heap for all the prayers, messages, and support. The emails and phone calls were amazing and truly showed how great people are! Even more awesome was that they came before anything happened. Sometimes we never reach out to those we love until it's too late and today was unreal to see so many people reaching out before anything even happened... I love you all back!
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Bree

20 comments:

miles99999 said...

Glad you all lucked out and weren't impacted by any tsunami. Keep up the training!

Ange said...

so so glad you're ok!!!! we were thinking of you all from way up here in Maine...on the ski slopes today talking about Kona...

Naomi Rae Nicholson said...

And we love you, Bree! :)

Christi said...

I am so glad to hear that you and Kainoa are safe and at home again!

Sue said...

it was the mom in me that was so concerned that all would be ok..as long as you were hand in hand, i knew it would turn out fine!! hugs from us both of you!!

Yasi said...

I'm glad to hear that you guys are okay! People really do amaze and surprise me in the best ways sometimes, it's lovely.

Jill Costantino said...

I love how you turned all of this into a little adventure for your little man! A wonderful Mom you are - he is so lucky!
Glad you and your family and friends and everyone else is safe!

Oscarjet said...

BREEeee! sorry !! ayer solo vi las fotos y no lei ni caí en el tsunami pasaba en el oceano!!!!!!!!
Menos mal que no ha sido nada...menos mal ! buffff, que mal me he sentido por no prestar atenction a tus lineas.!!!
Os queremos , estar ya tranquilos, muchos abrazos !!!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

So glad to hear that all ended well - love that pic of you two surrounded by boxes of shoes...Kainoa is such a cutie-pie!!

Leah said...

Glad you are all OK. Was thinking of you.

Trisaratops said...

Glad to hear that everyone is okay!

Missy said...

Was thinking of you yesterday...but I just knew it was all going to be just fine!

Caratunk Girl said...

SO happy to hear all is well - I guess you know you have some great friends and neighbors!

Regina said...

Glad you guys didn't see any major waves. Phew!!

Joel said...

Thank God that you guys were safe out there - could have been WAY worse.

Keep up the training!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Remember the pictures of the parking meters bent like lollipop sticks in Hilo when a tidal wave hit a few decades ago? Glad everything is fine for you. And thanks for the encouragement. I realized yesterday after 15 slow miles and being forced to stop that I have a long, long way to go before I get even anything like I used to be. However, the good news (apart from all the humiliation) is that my knees feel fine. Makes me even think of possibly trying to run again.

ShirleyPerly said...

Glad to hear everything turned out OK!!!

I think this experience means my husband and I really need to look into flood insurance for our condo...

Melissa said...

So glad to hear everything was OK for Hawaii. I was watching the live-feed on Saturday on an airplane but before it was supposed to hit Hawaii the TV feed was lost and I had no idea what happened for three more days. I was thinking about you and your family.

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