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Big Island Video News – Tsunami Mar 18 2011

Well, I found another video and report that give the best description I have yet to find on the damage that Kailua-Kona suffered from the recent tsunami.  The media in general has down-played damages from the tsunami and the catastrophic events in Japan has overshadowed it as well, but for those who may be interested, follow this link:  Big Island Video News…3/16/2011

Anyone who had plans to stay in Kailua-Kona would do well to call ahead and verify the status of your reservations.  The Kona Village Resort will likely be closed for repairs for months.

The King Kamehameha Hotel and Resort also sustained damage, although their damage was limited to the first floor and so should not affect too many, however, the damage did include the hotel reception area and they have not indicated how long or how much that will affect their operations.

Several businesses along Ali’i Drive were severely damaged and will take some time before re-opening, the most notable of which is the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant.  Several hundred yards of Ali’i Drive itself was badly damaged and while the road has re-opened, it is undetermined when permanent repairs will be completed.

They also have some video coverage of the volcanic activity and resulting forest fires that has temporarily closed the Chain of Craters road.


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