Friday, March 11, 2011

Hawaii Tsunami Salami...

That's Alii Drive, the road we drive and run on. A 12 foot wave washed over the seawall and brought with it enough sand to create a little beach, damage shops in K-Town, and give the community a mess to clean up. Above and beyond, more importantly, thankful that everyone is safe. The damage that has been done to the town, restaurants, a few hotels, a condo falling into the ocean, and a couple rentals that are now floating shacks will leave us cleaning up for a while and of course dipping into an already financially challenged little island. BUT...we are well off and in a better situation than Japan. Thanks for the prayers from far and wide...

This is my favorite picture of the dozens I took. It was awesome to see Kainoa run across the sandy streets we walk. The visions we all imagined were so much worse than this photo shows. A huge wall of water washed over this very spot taking everything in it's path. It launched a dumpster into the ocean, that's the strength it had! Our town really pulled together to keep safe, share homes, food, rides to higher grounds, phones and Internets to contact loved ones. This morning we are all beyond tired, still evacuated wanting to get home. Schools are closed, training is called off, this is not another day at the beach, but it's a good day in a lot of ways...
If you have raced Ironman you know this spot... the finish line. The water has risen to the top of the seawall and continues to fall into the road. It's a little messy to say the least. Check the video of one of the waves: Tsunami Hawaii 2011. It'll be a very long weekend. As for San Juan 70.3, I'm still planning on making that flight, as long as they have space to fly out. At the moment the hotels that were shut down are flying tourists to other islands since they cant stay here and those intended to arrive aren't going to be able to check in. We watched tourists walking down the road with their luggage, it was pretty sad, what a Hawaiian vacation for them! As for training and riding that new bike...um, I'm just happy everyone is alive and I could care less about missing some training at a time like this. Sleep, missing that too, the race for me is just HAPPY TO BE RACING after this Friday...


That shop yard is not supposed to be sandy, the wave sure did some amazing work...
Kainoa shocked to see sand here, this was a "field trip" since school was called off. The cops actually let us get super close and take some photos before giving us the boot.
We were a few of the spectators that got first views of a back surge. It was awesome! The water pulled back so far (as you can see), the beach was exposed, and the pier side you could almost walk out to the 1st swim buoy! It was unreal, you could feel the power moving. Of course clumsy me fell with the feel of it, but man it was unreal.
Literally a minute later the water rushed back in! Within seconds it came up to the seawall and brought with it the dumpster that floated out to the 4th buoy! It was so crazy, oooo and ahhhh all the way. After this one we had to leave in case it grew to another 12 footer. Awesome to see the power of the ocean and nature at work!
That's it for now. LOTS to be thankful for, LOTS....
Bree

5 comments:

Lucy Francis said...

Phew! All day i've been checking the news looking out for anything about hawaii. I'm relieved to know that it only caused minor damage and no deaths. The photos of japan are too shocking. I don't know how i would cope with something like this. Please don't go back in the sea just yet.
Thank God you're all ok.

BarĂ³n de Benta'ko Erreka said...

Me alegro que no haya sido grave. Un abrazo fuerte

Dawn said...

Was thinking of you yesterday and today... as I also have friends who are visiting Maui and family who live on Oahu. So glad to hear you are safe, so scary! I can only imagine how it must have been with the warning sirens... thx for sharing your pics and a little of Kainoa with his "salami". ;) It was devastating however to watch it all unfold in Japan last night... so very sad, prayers are being sent their way. Be safe!

Debbie said...

Glad to hear everyone is doing OK down there! It's stuff like this that makes me happy I only have to deal with blizzards. I'll suffer through a few months of snow to avoid this!

damontucker.com said...

Thanks for the report Bree and good to hear you are safe.