Hawaii cannot prevent a tsunami, but we can prepare for one

In support of Tsunami Awareness Month, NOAA and the Hawaii State Civil Defense have partnered to kick-off the month with a Tsunami Awareness Day at the Bishop Museum on Sunday, April 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This free family-oriented event features a multitude of state, local, federal and other agencies exhibiting programs and education on tsunami awareness. Exhibits will be on the Great Lawn from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with Tsunami survivors on hand to tell their stories.  A “spherecast” (webcast through Science on a Sphere) given by local tsunami experts will allow other Science on a Sphere institutions to watch and ask questions of our local tsunami experts.  

What:              Tsunami Awareness Day

When:              Sunday, April 1, 2012, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Tsunami Exhibits, on the Great Lawn

Where:             Bishop Museum, Atherton Hālau

Cost:                Free admission for everyone

Local food vendors will be on-hand. Admission is free, please call 808.847.3511 or email For more information and programming details visit

NOAA and Hawaii State Civil Defense is conducting the annual Tsunami Awareness Month campaign throughout April to raise public attention to the dangers of tsunamis and to commemorate the April 1, 1946 tsunami in Hilo—the most destructive in Hawaii’s history.

About Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 340,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. For more information, please call 808.847.3511 or visit

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