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Hawaii and the Tsunami Threat
On Friday, February 26, we heard on the 10:00 p.m. news that an earthquake had just occurred in Chile and was 8.8 on the Richter scale and that a tsunami wave had been generated that threatened to come ashore in Hawaii the next day. At 2:00 a.m., a member who was doing overnight security service at the Hawaii Center in Honolulu, which lies below sea level, called the center director at home to say that he felt the holy items should be moved to higher ground. The center director called the staff assistant and reached him at 4:00 a.m. He and his wife began preparing the altar room in their home to receive the holy items. At 6:00 a.m., five staff members and members arrived at the staff assistant's home and stayed until 2:30 p.m., when the "all clear" signal was given by a return to regular programming on the TV. During those hours, members exchanged Light, offered spiritual realm purification toward the ocean, slept, watched the live coverage, and waited quietly.
At 9:45 a.m., the center director attempted to return to his condo in Waikiki near the Hawaii Center from the staff assistant's house but was turned away by police blocks at every entrance to Waikiki. The first wave was supposed to hit Hawaii at 11:00 a.m. and reach the island of Oahu at 11:30 a.m., but we watched on TV as the tide went out and came back in quickly without any major wave formation. The waves were predicted to reach 6 feet, but by the grace of God, the waves reached a peak of only 3 feet at the most.
Most morning activities in Honolulu were canceled that day. Most people drove to higher ground, and there was a run on water and food supplies in the stores. Sukyo Mahikari members were informed of the progress by the Call-'Em-All system which was implemented late last year at the Hawaii Sho Dojo and has come in handy to inform members of the latest developments and activities at the center.
For us, it was a day for reflection and cleaning house, and when we finally were able to hold the ceremony to commemorate Sukuinushisama's birthday at 6:30 p.m., all the members offered prayers of gratitude and apology that there was not any damage or devastation in Hawaii as we have seen recently with the aftermaths of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.


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