Just checking on our resident Hawaiian.....are you and your family safe? Not sure where you are in Hawaii, and whether or not you were affected by the quake..........
Let your fellow SuN`ers know you`re okay this morning........
Hi: My girlfriend and I were born and raised on the Big Island and moved to Arizona 4 years ago. She visits often (twice a year); but, I have yet to go back. It is my intention that when I go back, I will stay there.
The earthquake occured off the northwest section of Hawaii (the big island). This is the Kohala/Waikoloa area and close to Kona. My grilfriend, Julie, and I have many friends and relatives there. I could not contact my relatives so I am a little concerned; however, Julie contacted her daughter in Kona and her nephew in Hilo. Everything seems to be okay except for a lot of physical damage to buildings and landslides (many of the roads around the island are "carved out" through hillsides, etc.) that blocked the roads.
Once communications are re-established more and more, I am sure we will find everything to be okay. I beleive that Ross lives in Honolulu wich is the island of Oahu. With a quake of 6.6, there were probably tremors felt there and possible damage. Again, we`ll wait to hear directly from him.
E Malama Pono (Protect/preserve the land)
My sister-in-law just went to Hawaii (for the first time ever) last Friday - she has been in touch and is fine - I first thought of Ross as well when I heard about the quake - I`m sure he`s fine, but it would be really good to hear from him first hand . . .
Much Aloha and Mahalo for everyone`s concern!
Choc is right, O`ahu is in great shape. We were without electricity all day and most of the night. I didn`t have internet until this morning either. Right now power is still out in our business building so a number of us are working hard from a Starbucks nearby!!!!
You all probably know more about the damage done then we do here although I did hear that there were no deaths. We are about 157 miles from the epicenter, we did get shaken up pretty good though. We lived in Kona a few years ago and they were only 14 miles from the epicenter. I know that the Kona hospital had to be evacuated due to structural damage and that there was a lot of other structural damage done but all things considered, the Big Island faired really well.
Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers, we appreciate it. I`ll get back into the forums later on today either from work or home.