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Evacuation shelters opened as high surf approaches

Kevin Dale Kevin Dale
Vince Burton Vince Burton
Ana Pua Ana Pua

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

SUNSET BEACH, WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - As high surf approaches Oahu, evacuation shelters in Sunset Beach, Haleiwa and Waianae are ready to take in people who live in the danger zones. But on Sunday, not many people were taking advantage of the facilities.

With monster surf expected, an American Red Cross van arrived at Sunset Beach Recreation Center to drop off the supplies needed to host evacuees.

Each of the boxes hauled in contains two cots for people to sleep on. Volunteers spent the afternoon preparing the site.

"This one, they're really expecting to be a serious storm," Kevin Dale, long-time Sunset Beach resident, said.

Workers from the Hawaiian Humane Society were also on hand to set up a special area for pets.

Dale says this reminds him of another big wave event back 1969.

"Dick Brewer, the great shaper, he saw this wave the height of a telephone pole and he ran over and got on top of a roof," Dale said. "It ripped the whole house out and they got him a mile out to sea holding onto that roof."

Waianae District Park was the first location to welcome guests. Two-year-old Kamu made himself at home on his cot.

"What do you think about this big surf that they say is going to come?" this reporter asked Vince Burton, Nanakuli resident.

"I really like see 'um. I like see 'um, but I also like to see this guy grow up," Burton replied while pointing to Kamu.

Burton and Ana Pua live on the beach in Nanakuli. With big waves approaching, they left their tents behind and came here.

"What we brought with us is just our immediate belongings, our personal things, and everything else we just secured in our tents," Pua said. "We locked it up."

Residents seeking shelter from the high surf are being asked to bring two days worth of food, water, clothing, medications and other emergency supplies.

"It's something good for have the Red Cross here for help us have a roof over our head," Burton said.

"It's a blessing that they're here for us," Pua said. "You know, it's these type of people that let us know that there's somebody out there who cares."

The shelters are expected to remain open for a few days, until the high surf hazard has subsided.

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