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September 2008

Damage to Waiakea Buddhist Temple after the 1960 tsunami

Damage to Waiākea Buddhist Temple after the 1960 tsunami.

PTM Matt Chow Collection

There was tremendous damage to the Waiākea Peninsula as a result of the 1960 tsunami. Before the tsunami, there had been a town there (now the site of Banyan Drive, the hotels, and golf course).  At its peak in the 1950’s, Waiākea Town had a population of some 5,000 people living within ten square miles.  There had been forty businesses, the electric and Canec plants, a school, theater, churches, and a social center.  There are many stories told by the survivors of Waiākea Town, all highlighting what an idyllic place it was.


To see more photos of the 1960 tsunami in Hawai'i see Archive photos; 1960.

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