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.