Tsunami Clobbers Kona Village Resort on Hawaii, the Big Island
Our hearts are feeling heavy today for our new friends at Kona Village Resort on Hawaii, the Big Island. On March 10th, a tsunami marched ashore and clobbered this much beloved resort creating damage to 20 of their hales as well as other infrastructure damage.
Remarkably, all this happened a mere two weeks after our awe-inspiring stay at this magical resort.
While we thank God that no harm came to staff and guests, our thoughts and prayers go out to the folks at Kona Village Resort as they begin the daunting task of putting the resort back together.
From Kona Village Resort:
“On March 10, 2011, the staff of Kona Village Resort safely evacuated all guests after a tsunami warning generated by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that occurred off the coast of Japan. Our guests were taken to an evacuation site where they were carefully looked after by Resort staff. All are safe and there were no reported injuries. As the resort did sustain some damage due to the water surge, we have closed Kona Village Resort to insure that we will be ready to welcome our guests and be fully operational.”
Here is a recent video of Patrick Fitzgerald, CEO of Kona Village Resort, as he talks about the evacuation and damages sustained at the resort. The video is from Big Island Video News.com and was produced by Visionary Video.
Our hearts are broken with the loss of what our family considers a place to forget your troubles and the normal stresses of live. We hope for the best for the Village and their amazing family of employees.
We will be back as soon as possible. Kona Village and its staff is a treasured part of our life.
The thoughts and prayers of The Green Family are with our Hawaiian Family at Kona Village and the Kailua Kona Area. We were so happy to learn that none of them were hurt physically during the recent Tsunami. It had had a magic wand I would wave it over The Village and surrounding area and return everything back to its original state.
Happy St. Patricks Day,
Mike< Sandie and Elizabeth Green
My family has been visiting Kona Village since 1987 and although we have since travelled to many places, none compare with the serenity and warmth that we always experienced at KVR. It is very sad to see such destruction of a beloved place and we hope that it is rebuilt to be as much like a “village” as the old resort. When staying at KVR I did at times walk over to the 4 Seasons for a pedicure, only to see deserted lawns, pools and beach area when it was hot (we usually stayed in August). It seemed everyone was indoors in A/C, maybe watching television. At the Village, kids would be splashing in the pool or playing in the sand, adults socializing at the Shipwreck Bar, maybe sitting on their porches, reading, people learning traditional crafts, kids fishing in the lagoon. It was so safe, quiet and peaceful that the stress of everyday life melted away in one day! The employees were warm and friendly, and we hope they are doing okay.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us of your love for the Kona Village
Resort. There are many thousands who share your sentiment, and we too hope
that the spirit of the place is rebuilt.
It was so wonderful to travel back to Kona after 18 years and see that reconstruction of Kona Village Resort is underway. I have stayed several times and can’t wait to come back even though my family has two homes in Kona now.
We agree. We can’t wait to go back.