Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on the Tsunami… “No Major Impact on Our Resort”

I’m glad to hear that there was no major damage to report at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort and they are open for business as usual.

Media Release:

The recent tsunami that hit the Hawaiian Islands following the 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan had no major impact on our resort. Everything is open and operating as normal. The tsunami caused some damage on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island but has mainly been reported from harbors and some low lying areas. In most cases business is back to normal. Travelers heading to Hawaii should continue do so with confidence. Please know that our thoughts are with the people of Japan, here in Hawaii, and across the Pacific who are facing continued challenges as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.

Hulihee Palace – Tsunami Update

Upcoming outdoor events are on at Hulihe’e Palace, landmark remains closed

Media Release:

Hulihe‘e Palace remains closed pending a structural assessment of the landmark this week. Two upcoming outdoor events on the palace grounds are still happening as scheduled.

First, this Sunday’s 4 p.m. band concert is confirmed. Also, the annual palace fundraiser, Day at Hulihe‘e, is on for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., March 26.

Kuakini Building lanai

“We want to thank the community for helping us during the massive cleanup,” says Au Hoy. “We lost numerous items stored in the basement and would greatly appreciate monetary donations to help fund replacement costs.”

Palace caretakers, the volunteer Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins, have been working non-stop since Friday to dry out the basement and any salvageable contents. Treasured artifacts, which were hastily removed from the palace’s first and second floors prior to the tsunami, are being re-installed into the museum’s extensive collection. Partial electricity has been restored.

Pumping water out of palace basement

The main floors of Hulihe‘e Palace were spared the wrath of Friday’s tsunami, which inundated Ali‘i Drive in historic Kailua Village. While the basement of the palace was flooded, there was no water damage to the first floor of the seaside historic landmark.

The palace’s newly renovated caretaker cottage didn’t fare so well. It is off its foundation and the adjacent Ki‘ope Pond, which was used in ancient times by Hawaiian royalty for aquaculture, suffered damage to its walls.

Damaged wall at Ki‘ope pond next to caretaker's cottage; the cottage got knocked off its foundation

“It looks like water came into the pond, surged, and then washed under the cottage,” details Fanny Au Hoy, long-time palace administrator.

The next-door Kuakini Building, which houses the palace’s kitchen and gift shop, suffered interior water damage. The palace’s gift shop, which needs a new floor, will remain closed until further notice.

Gift shop

The top of the seawall along the oceanside lawn of the palace was also damaged, as well as large swaths of sod.

Palace grounds damage

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be mailed to Hulihe‘e Palace, 75-5718 Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. For information, phone 329-1877.

Hulihe‘e Palace reopened in September 2009 after receiving a $1.5 million renovation to repair damage suffered in the October 2006 earthquake.

HULIHE’E PALACE CARETAKERS—Founded in 1903, the Daughters of Hawai‘i opens its membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in their efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all, 329-1877, www.daughtersofhawaii.org.