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Kohala Quake Damage: First Aerial View

Tony Rich Tony Rich
Chopper 8 above the Mauna Kea Resort Hotel shows earthquake damage Wednesday Chopper 8 above the Mauna Kea Resort Hotel shows earthquake damage Wednesday
Kawaihae Harbor Kawaihae Harbor
Chopper 8 shows that the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay was not damaged in the earthquake Chopper 8 shows that the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay was not damaged in the earthquake
Landslides muddy the usually clear waters at Kealakekua Bay Landslides muddy the usually clear waters at Kealakekua Bay

KOHALA COAST, Hawaii (KHNL) - It's one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere. Magnificent land where lava meets the sea. A place where big bucks can buy you some of the most expensive real estate on earth.

But mother nature doesn't discriminate. Part of the venerable Mauna Kea Resort Hotel is reduced to rubble, no match for Sunday's powerful earthquake. Many newer homes didn't fare any better.

"A lot of the media coverage in the early hours, in the last couple of days has focused on Kona and Honolulu, where yeah, those people were inconvenienced with power outages but these are people who have lost their homes and roofs collapsed" says Tony Rich.

Rich lives in Kohala Ranch, a community initially isolated after the earth shook.

"We were pretty cut off for a day. But then things are moving, and crews came out there. Pretty much, now that they know the bulk of the damage was at the epicenter and not down in Kona, we're getting some help".

Despite early concerns that Kona's shipping industry would come to a standstill, there is proof Wednesday that the shipping lanes to Kawaihae Harbor are open. A Matson container barge was seen offloading it's cargo. State officials have deemed one of the two large peirs at Kawaihae unfit.

Of all the damage suffered on Hawaii in the wake of Sunday's earthquakes, very little of it is visible from the air. However there is one spot where the damage is very noticable: Kealakekua Bay where the normally blue pristine waters turned brown. The dirty water is the result of tons of earth that crashed into the bay during the quake.

Nature has a way of giving back and moving forward. Wednesday, dozens of dolphins  played in the bay, seemingly oblivious to the change in their surroundings.

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