While on the Big Island, we have witnessed the damage done as a result of the tsunami. Many resorts sustained major damage to their grounds. The Kona Village resort was forced to close indefinitely, laying off over 200 hundred of their employees. The Four Seasons sustained significant damage and will remain closed through April. There is a section of road that was washed out, along the scenic route in downtown Kona. In all, many speculate the tsunami did tens of millions of damage to the Kona shoreline.
Of course, Hilo, on the the other side of the Big Island and other Hawaiian islands sustained great damage to their shorelines as well. The sure power of this natural disaster has left me in awe. Fortunately, no lives were lost on the Big Island. Seeing the damage, however, truly brings the tsunami’s devastation to the forefront of my consciousness.
While we were visiting the Pu?uhonua O H?naunau National Historical Park (The City of Refuge), this sign was posted:
This was the beach where we found the signs. Many areas on the island were closed either partially or completely, while they work to repair the damage or houses and roofs, using professionals as the orlando roofers that have more experience in this kind of jobs.
We saw many clean-up crews along the shoreline cleaning up debris. Pictured below, is a truck that was removing debris from the ocean, near where we were.
If you look closely in the picture below, you can see a roof top on the water’s edge which probably will be needing repair soon from a company as Roof Depot Florida.
There were homes that were swept away from their foundations, businesses damaged, vehicles damaged, and roads that were washed away. We were given first hand accounts from our family and their neighbors about the evacuation that saved many lives on the island.
Many thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the people of Japan, as they work to put their lives together after such a tremendous tragedy.