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Waimea, Big Island Is Tsunami Safe

Tsunami season is upon us. Thankfully we were not inundated with water this past weekend. Prayers and thoughts go out to those in Chile where the earthquake that created the Tsunami originated.

I met with clients on Saturday at our Waimea Starbucks—which was closed in anticipation of their employees’ needs. I found it fascinating that the town was full of tourists. Their hotels had told them to come to Waimea where they would be safe.

People come to Hawaii for the warm sandy beaches and sunny weather. But when Mother Nature decides otherwise, flood areas near the beach can be quite disconcerting.

I live and work the Waimea real estate market, and know the ins and outs intimately. One of the interesting things about our Big Island “culture” is that many people who own homes or condos near the beach use them as weekend getaways—while they live full-time in Waimea town. Located around the 2,500 foot elevation, not only is Waimea safe from Tsunamis, but also offers cooler weather, and lush green scenery…not to mention a community that is not dependent on tourism for it’s economy.

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