Sadly, we missed the governor's announcement requesting that we "act with aloha" and "be mindful of [our] neighbors, especially the elderly," because we went to bed at a responsible hour of 11:00 pm. My question is, do I still have to act with aloha?
I can assure you, too, that in addition to the Hawaiians, the local Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Whites, etc. were also bracing for the possible 6-foot waves. C'mon, people, not everyone living in Hawaii is a Hawaiian.
Best reporters' statements from the live coverage so far (around 4:00 am, HST):
"As you can see the water is beginning to make a lot of noise." The reporter must be experiencing synesthesia, or something like that, because for most people noises are heard, not seen.
One reporter noted that the water at Waikiki was going "in an out, in and out...back and forth, back and forth"--a remarkably astute assessment, no doubt. But the same could be said of any ocean, anywhere in the world, at any given time, regardless of tsunami activity.
Really, we're going to be OK here in Hawaii.
Our hearts go out to those in Japan who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami there.