Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Pacific Tsunami Museum

Pacific Tsunami Museum

The people of Hilo know all about tsunamis. The last big one hit Hawaii's Big Island in 1946, killing nearly 100 people and erasing entire blocks of waterfront buildings. This earnest museum serves as both a reminder of a tsunami's power and an education center on what to do when the next one comes. There's a parking meter salvaged from the 1946 wreckage that is bent in half from the force of water and debris; a scale model of Hilo that shows the town's pre-disaster intactness; and a wave machine that lets you simulate your own tsunami on Hilo. No one leaves without knowing exactly what to do if a tsunami strikes; you'll also gain a newfound appreciation for the wide swath of green emptiness between the downtown storefronts and the ocean.

Where: Hilo, Hawaii
On the Web: tsunami.org

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