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As part of April Tsunami Awareness Month activities, students in grades 3,4, and 5 participated in a poster contest with a theme of "Know, Grab, and Go!" Winners were selected by a panel from the Pacific Tsunami Museum, the County of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Tribune Herald; they were presented with their prizes at the Museum's annual story festival. Along with other prizes, the winners get to ride in the county fire truck in the Merrie Monarch parade! Congratulations to Isaiah, Jordan, and Shayla! There are more activities still to come during the month of April. See the list below the posters.


Isaiah McNally
Laupahoehoe School
Grade 3

Jordan Nakamoto
Waiakea School
Grade 4
Shayla Kaheaku
Pahoa School
Grade 5
3rd grade poster 4th grade poster 5th grade poster


Tsunammi Awareness Month Activiteis

How to Prepare Your Business for the Next Tsunami

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A Guide for Businesses in the Hawaiian Islands


If there is any place in Hawai'i that is prepared for the next tsunami, you would think it would be Hilo.  Yet, when we asked the question to businesses in downtown Hilo, only a third said Hilo was prepared.  With this information in hand, the Pacific Tsunami Museum embarked on a project with the County of Hawai'i Planning Dept. to assess and assist businesses with their tsunami preparation and planning.  The result was one-on-one consultation, small group sessions, a Tsunami-Safe Fair, and the publication of a document entitled “How to Prepare Your Business for the Next Tsunami”. 

There was tremendous community collaboration and support for the project.  The County Planning, Research and Development and Fire Departments, as well as Hawai'i County Civil Defense were all major contributors.  Support came from the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, Kanoelehua Industrial Area Association, and the Hilo Bay Watershed Advisory Group.  All of this effort brought to fruition a major action of the Envision Downtown Hilo 2025 to develop and conduct a tsunami education, preparation and recovery program for both Pacific-wide and locally generated tsunamis.






To watch tsunami survivor video clips see our Survivor Video page.

New!   Are you in a Tsunami Evacuation Zone?

Wonder where the tsunami evacuation zone is near you?

NOAA in partnership with the State of Hawaii has developed the Are you in a Tsunami Evacuation Zone? to provide residents and visitors of the State of Hawai'i easy, online access to the State's tsunami evacuation zone maps. Check it out!

tsunami evacuation zone; hilo

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