KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii Island (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rep. Mazie Hirono toured the Big Island to get a first-hand look at damage done by the March 11 tsunami.
The congresswoman visited businesses Saturday that were hard hit by the tsunami. She also talked story with merchants and other tsunami victims.
Hirono's visit included a stop at Hulihe'e Palace, where curator Fanny Au Hoy gave her a tour of the damaged areas, including the basement, where water rose more than four feet, ruining old photos and records.
The tour was part of an effort to get more federal assistance to the islands.
"I think it's really important to get help here," Rep. Hirono said. "The Small Business Administration and the President declares this area to be a disaster, a declaration so we can get more help to our business and also fix up our public and government structures that were also damaged. Over $3 million (in damage) on this island."
Hirono is also scheduled to appear on Hawaii News Now Sunrise Monday morning during the 5 o'clock hour.