Pacific Tsunami Museum
130 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
The Pacific Tsunami Museum is a modest little establishment, but it packs an enormous emotional (and educational) punch. The museum was built in memory of the tragic events of both April 1, 1946 and May 23, 1960 when giant tsunamis struck the Big Island’s east coast. Hilo bore the brunt of the devastation, and the museum is not only dedicated to the memorialization of these unforgettably catastrophic events, but also to educating the public (primarily through photos and film) about the awe-inspiring nature of tsunamis and the safety measures developed by scientists to help protect those people who constantly live under their threat.