Explaining Tsunami Causes, Fears, etc. 10

I do not know if CNN or Fox showed the video of the exposed reef on Oahu, but seeing the initial video scared me in a way I cannot even begin to explain.  This is my neighborhood.  I have walked along this beach with my children when they were small.  I have read stories that talk about the force of the waves that come in after the waves recede.  My home is not in an evacuation zone, but there are only five houses between me and the street where the zone ends.  A drainage canal that goes from the mountains to the ocean is directly behind my home.

The news caster mentioned seeing a pueo, a Hawaiian owl, swoop down near the water.  I have lived in this neighborhood for seventeen years and I have never heard an owl although I have listened for them at nighttime.  They are no longer plentiful in this neighborhood like they once were.  You can read more about the pueo and the role they play in Hawaiian legends by clicking on this link:

Pueo, The Protector – The Hawaiian Owl.

I found a very information article to explain tsunami risks that might explain further how and why this force of nature occurs.  You can click on the link below to read it:


A wonderful young woman, our former baby sitter, dog and house sitter, and daughter of our close friends is currently in Japan for a year of college study.  Thankfully she is okay.  My children attend school with Japanese nationals and others who have family in Japan.  Some of their classmates spend spring breaks and/ or summers in Japan.  Spring break begins here on the eighteenth of this month and some probably would have been there if this were just one week later.  The headmaster at my daughter’s school is there now, but he too thankfully is okay.

I hope all of you will continue to pray for those in Japan and forgive me for not commenting on other issues now.  I turned fifty-three on Saturday, but we kept the celebration small, just family as this week has already held too much excitement as I know my friends on the spectrum will understand.  I will return to my regular blogs later this week, but I need a break as I continue to pray for those in Japan and try to get my family back on schedule for Monday after our sleepless Thursday night.

Blessed and Grateful in Hawaii 24

Pictures from my camera 086 - CopyLast night was a sleepless night at our home as we gathered our water and checked our hurricane supplies in preparation for the Tsunami.  Yet, we are still very blessed.  While the first appearance of the bare reef off Diamond Head caused fear, Oahu only had minor damage to our boat harbors.  Maui and the Big Island had more damage, but still minor compared to Japan.

I am also aware of how fortunate I am to have so many people who care about me.  Many of my follow bloggers, old friends, and family reached out via Facebook and e-mail to offer prayers and/ or good wishes as they held my family in their thoughts.   My family called me first thing this morning to make sure we are okay.  I am grateful for all of those who reached out.

Hawaii is truly blessed as we were spared devastation from a Tsunami.  I know many of you have already seen footage of Japan.  I ask that you continue to send them prayers.  Many in Hawaii have family in Japan and many Japanese are frequent visitors here, so their loss will be felt here as well.

With Much Gratitude and Aloha,