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Tsunami Awareness Month

12th Annual Tsunami Story Festival on April 6, 2014 
"Waiākea Town...Revisited"

Terence Yoshioka
Tickets are on sale now for the Pacific Tsunami Museum's 12th Annual Story Festival. This year's festival, "Waiākea Town...Revisited", will be held on Sunday, April 6 at Hilo Honpa Hongwanji Sangha Hall at 424 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6:00 p.m.
  Gloria Kobayashi
Terence Yoshioka       Gloria Kobayashi

A special feature this year will be reproductions of some of the most notable businesses and hallmarks of Waiākea Town prior to the 1960 tsunami, including the Waiākea Settlement, Waiākea Pirates, Ikeda Shoyu and Hilo Macaroni, Nagahisa Store, Waiākea Kai Elementary and Intermediate Schools, Takayama Vegetable Store, the Tsunami Clock and more.

Also featured will be compelling survivor stories from Gloria Kobayashi and Terence Yoshioka, as well as a presentation of never-before-seen aerial photos taken immediately after the 1946 tsunami, as ordered by Commander C. P. Kerschner of the Hilo Naval Air Station. In addition, Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira will be delivering a safety message, and tsunami poster contest winners will be presented. The event is part of Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii.

Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner, and can be purchased at the Pacific Tsunami Museum or at KTA Super Stores. They can also be purchased using your credit card by calling the Museum at (808) 935-0926, or mail your check to PTM at 130 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo 96720.

Nagahisa Store

Rail section missing

Darryl Oliveira

Poster Contest

The Pacific Tsunami Museum, along with the Hawai'i Tribune Herald, is sponsoring a Tsunami Awareness Poster Contest. The contest is open to all students in grades 3, 4, and 5 and runs from March 3-21, 2014. Winning posters will be displayed at the Museum for the month of April. For contest details see the ads in the Hawai'i Tribune Herald or call the Pacific Tsunami Museum at (808) 935-0926. For more information, click here.



Here are some links to pages chronicling past events that
the Pacific Tsunami Museum has hosted:

Historical Highlights Heart Mountain Reunion Waiakea Town 10th Anniversary

Museum Opening

2003 The Heart Mountain Story Exhibit 2003
1st Story Fest: Reunion
Waiākea Town Exhibit Opening
10th Anniv. of Museum
2004 Story Festival 2005 Story Festival Dark Clouds 2006 Story Festival Kimina Lyall
2nd Story Fest: Time Stood Still
3rd Story Fest: Shinmachi
Dark Clouds Over Paradise
4th Story Fest: End of the Line
Kimina Lyall Tsunami Survivor
Tammy Yee 2007 Story Festival Disaster Fair 2008 Story Festival Indian Ocean Exhibit Opening
The Tsunami Quilt Book
5th Story Fest: Taste of Mamo St

Tsunami-Safe Preparedness Disaster Fair

6th Story Fest: Good Life Waiākea

Indian Ocean Exhibit Opening




2009 Story Festival

Wave Machine Exhibit Opening Museum's 15th Anniversary 2010 Story Festival

7th Story Fest: First

Energy of Water Wave Machine Exhibit Opening

Museum 15th Anniversary


8th Story Fest: Unstoppable! The Spirit of Hilo

9th Story Fest: I Grew up on Piopio Street

10th STory Festival 2013 Story Festival      
10th Story Fest: Truly Amazing Tsunami Stories
11th Story Fest: Wailoa River Legends


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