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Saturday, March 12, 2011


My heart aches for my beloved Big Island.  I am so thankful that all my friends and loved ones are safe, but there is a lot of damage and a lot of people are suffering from it.  I pray for them and hope that they will recover from their loses soon.  It will take determination and faith.  To those in Japan, I can't even imagine your loss and suffering.  God Bless you all.

Alii Drive damage to street

Water coming over the sea wall on Alii, the peir is under water, it has been condemned.

When the surge pulled back out..

All that's left of the beautiful koa wood restaurant and bar at the Kona Inn

The ocean front restaurant at The King Kamehameha - 
They just completed a total renovation 7 months ago of the whole hotel.  The ground level of the hotel is destroyed.  It's a landmark in Kona and is a true symbol of the ALOHA of our island, now this...

House floating in Keahou Bay

Car and rubbish strewn on shore in Keahou Bay

If you want to really see how it was in Kona along Alii Drive, watch this video.  A tourist from England took it - he was NUTS to be out there, but it is amazing footage.  The wall that the water is pouring over is about 8 feet down to the normal water level on the other side.  It was level to the top and pouring over, no wonder the pier is under water.
 I know that our loss and damages in NO WAY compare to those of Japan, but this is my home and it is so personal


  1. Joanne, I am so sorry for the damage to your sweet island. I have a daughter and son in law on Oahu and are so grateful they are safe. Unfortunately I work with someone from Japan and she is beside herself because she has an aunt who lives near the power plants and they have not heard from her since the quake. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Hugs, Mary

  2. Such a difficult and sad time for everyone. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jen x

  3. It's so sad and heartbreaking. And Japan.....oh my God. How much more devastation can they take. Between Hawaii and Japan, I think you are all on devastation overload. I live in New York State so we've never dealt with anything this destructive. My heart breaks for all of you.

  4. Wow girl...prayers going out to all of those affected!

  5. Must be heartbreaking to see a place that you love so devastated, Joanne. My thoughts are with the people of Japan and Hawaii. coB


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