Hilo in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Waiakea Town (Yashijima)
The Waiakea Social Settlement which stood in the area just behind where the clock stands today was the hub of activities for the children of Waiakea. The Waiakea Pirates Athletic Club was established in 1924 and contained the Waiakea Pirates baseball team which still exists today.
The tsunami of 1946 had a huge impact on Hilo and Shinmuchi and to a lesser extent on Waiakea Town. However these communities rebuilt and moved on, looking to to the future, never expecting what was to happen in 1960.
On the afternoon and evening of May 22, 1960 a warning was issued to the State of Hawaii following a magnitude 9.5 earthquake just off the coast of Chile. The community response was mixed. Many evacuated immediately, many decided to wait and see what would happen and some residents (the curious and the foolhardy) went to the Suisan Fish
The Waiakea Social Settlement clock is frozen in time, at 1:04 a.m. on the morning of May 23, 1960. The clock is a lone reminder of what was once a bustling and vibrant community. It is now a symbol of strength, courage and resiliency of the once Waiakea Town residents.
"All I remember is water coming through the floors and I remember the lights going off and all of a sudden the house shaking" -- Gloria Kobayashi
Hazel Baji, 25 • Rufino Bas, 72 • Fortonato Baiamad, 65 • Clara, Camaram 46 • Wesley K. Campbell, 53 • Richard S. Castro, 45 • Lani K DeLuz, 60 • Epitacio Domingo, 54 • Linda F. Dryman, 3 • Michael G. Dryman, 7 • Jereniah K. Estahilio, 13, • Hatsumi Elsie Fujiyama, 35 • Alan T. Hashimoto, 8 months • Katie F.N. Hataraka, 44 • Daniel S. Ichijo, 32 • Clarence S. Imada, 16 • Joseph
Location. 19° 43.368′ N, 155° 4.05′ W. Marker is in Hilo, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Kamehameha Avenue near Lihiwai Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1568 Kamehameha Avenune, Hilo HI 96720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this Waiakea Social Settlement Clock (a few steps from this marker); Hilo Bay: In the days of Kamehameha (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kamehameha at Hilo Bay (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hilo Town Plantation Bell Tower (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Spiritual Power of Stones (approx. 1½ miles away); Lyman House Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Onomea Bay (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hilo.
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