Experience: Hawaiʻi Life Histories


Survivors of the 1946 Tsunami

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The struggle to escape a massive deadly tidal wave and live to pick up the pieces of broken houses and shattered communities – a podcast of inspirational personal stories, told in their own voices, from the Center for Oral History archive. How do these experiences connect to contemporary scenarios, and what lessons can be learned about how to respond within 15 minutes to a Hawaiʻi-generated tsunami?

Narration by Bill Doorman, a reporter for Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s The Conversation, featuring original music by Alan Akaka.

This podcast highlights the experiences of 5 individuals from our project Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaiʻi.

Listen to the voices of:

  • 02:19 – Alex Riviera
  • 05:46 – James Low
  • 09:13 – Lenore Van Gieson
  • 12:55 – Robert “Steamy” Chow
  • 16:18 – Fusae Takaki

This podcast was supported by a grant from the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities.