Sporadic but fatal, tidal waves have killed more than 230 people in Hawaii this century. The Big Island, in particular, has been hard hit this century and last.
Tallying the tides toll
In 1837 a tidal wave hit Hilo, killing 14 people.
In 1868 a Big Island earthquake caused a tsunami in Hilo that killed dozens of people.
In 1877 a tsunami killed five on the Big Island and left 163 homeless.
In 1975 a Big Island earthquake generated a tsunami that hit a remote Kau area, killing two.
On April 1, 1946, in the state's worst natural disaster, a tsunami slammed into Hilo's Shinmachi community and Molokai's Cape Halawa settlement, killing 159 people, damaging 1,421 homes and causing millions of dollars in destruction including damage to railroads in Hilo, Hamakua and Oahu's North Shore.
In May 1960, 61 people in Hilo died in a tidal wave that also caused property damage on the other major islands.
Set aside the hoopla over the Y2K computer bug.
100 Who Made A Difference
What the year 2000 really offers is a time to reflect on how we got here and where we want to go -- individually, and as a society.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin invites you to nominate people who've made a difference in Hawaii over the last century, for a special millennium-ending countdown of "100 Who Made A Difference."
They can be people who fought controversial battles in public or worked behind the scenes in any field -- community service, education, politics, law, labor, medicine, science, business, sports, entertainment, the arts.
All that matters is that they had a profound, lasting impact on Hawaii.
To make a nomination, send in the coupon below. If you want to nominate more than one person, please photocopy the coupon and use one for each nominee.
Honorees will be selected by Star-Bulletin editors. Look for the results starting in August.
Deadline for nominations: June 27.
Please include the following information:
Your work and home numbers:
Address of nominee:
Nominee's work and home phone numbers:
The reason for your nomination:
Mail nominations to:
100 Who Made a Difference,
P.O. Box 3080,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96802