Before the recent tsunamis in Southeast Asia and Japan, many in the public were not even aware of the potential destructive power of this natural event. Hilo, Hawaii was hit by large tsunamis in both April 1, 1946, and May 23, 1960. The goal of the Pacific Tsunami Museum is to promote public tsunami education for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Region. The museum preserves the social and cultural history of Hawaii and serves as a living memorial to those who lost their lives.
Tsunamis have killed more people in the State of Hawaii than all other natural disasters combined. The Pacific Tsunami Museum provides residents and visitors to the State of Hawaii with much needed tsunami education programs. One of the factors that makes this museum unique is that it is a living monument to those who lost their lives in past tsunamis. By combining scientific information with actual testimony taken from oral histories of tsunami survivors, the museum plans to keep the history alive in its exhibits and public programs. Oral history testimonies reinforce existing scientific information and provide a perspective that will make the tsunami experience "real" for the museum visitor.
Seniors and Kama‛aina: $7.00
Children (ages 6-17): $4.00
Toddlers (ages 5 & under): Free