HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a typical Sunday in Waikiki, as visitors enjoyed the sunshine and the waves at Kuhio Beach. It was a direct contrast to Saturday night and early Sunday, when they were chased away from the shoreline because of a tsunami warning.
Longtime local waterman Larry "Aki" Akiyama was at the beach Saturday night, about an hour after the warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, moving some canoes away from the water. "I'm protective about this canoe over here, and that why we pushed it up a little bit more. Just trying to be safe," he said.
Meantime, Kalakaua Avenue began to empty out as tourists obeyed warnings from police and fire officials to return to their hotels.
Paul Masminster and his family were relaxing on the beach Sunday, near their hotel, where they were told to remain in their room and to shut the doors and windows. "I think it was handled pretty good, considering that they warned us every half an hour, and they had all different languages," he said.
Local residents descended on grocery stores to stock up on last-minute emergency supplies. "I warned my parents and everybody in the household just to be prepared," said Rhansell Ramirez, who was with his mother and other family members at Kamehameha Shopping Center in Kalihi. "Even though it might be a small wave, it's better to be prepared for coming for the waves."
It actually ended up being a series of small waves, according to scientists at the center. A time-lapse video taken last night shows three small surges over a 27-minute period at Heeia Kea Pier in Windward Oahu. That's where Graeme Mankelow has a home-made houseboat. The Nuuanu resident said the boat is fine, although he and his business partner were prepared to take it out into Kaneohe Bay if needed.
"As time went into we didn't have any more information on how big it was going to be so we kind of gambled that it wouldn't strike us that big," said Mankelow, below heading out on the boat for a day on the bay.
Masminster relaxed at Kuhio Beach with his wife, daughter and granddaughter with a thought: "That we all survived and we can lay on the beach today and enjoy ourselves."