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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, February 27, 2010

Neighbor Island travelers worried, prepared

Advertiser Staff

Residents and visitors headed to the Neighbor Islands this morning expressed concern about the tsunami warning.

But most also said they were ready for whatever comes.
“We just want to get home so we can take care of the dog and cat,” said Kristal Blacksmith, who lives in Waimea and was traveling with her husband, Steven, and 13-year-old daughter, Allexandria.
She added, “We already have … supplies.”
Donna Tanaka, of Mililani, didn’t know about the warning this morning.
“Oh my God, we have a tsunami coming?” she said, as she waited for a flight headed to Maui.
Tanaka said she’d stay away from the shoreline.
Visitors were getting word of the tsunami, but that wasn’t stopping them from traveling.
Dominique Quesnel, of Canada, was headed to Maui for vacation with his girlfriend and said he learned about the tsunami when he got off a shuttle at the airport
“We’re going to be safe,” he said.
Makakilo resident Kainoa Cabanilla was headed to Kona this morning to attend a funeral.
He said he’s worried about relatives on the Big Island, including some who live in Hilo.
He was also worried about his grandparents, who live in Ewa Beach and were evacuating.
But he said his home in Makakilo is stocked up, so some of his family members — including his grandparents — will probably be heading there.
Minnesota resident Richard Fott and his wife were flying to Kona for vacation.
Fott said he eard the news about the tsunami warning early this morning.
“It’s coming,” he said.
Fott said he doesn’t have any supplies in the timeshare he’ll be staying in.