"In Hawaii, water began pulling away from shore off Hilo Bay on the Big Island just before noon, exposing reefs and sending dark streaks of muddy, sandy water offshore. Waves later washed over Coconut Island, a small park off Hilo's coast.
The tsunami caused a series of surges that were about 20 minutes apart, and the waves arrived later and smaller than originally predicted. The highest wave at Hilo measured 5.5 feet high, while Maui saw some as high as 6.5 feet."Translation from news-speak: it was pretty much a fizzle. Coconut Island is basically flat, and at its highest only gets maybe 4-5 feet above sea level. It's the island just behind me with the trees on it in this picture (taken in August, not right before the tsunami!):
Still, better safe than sorry, after all.
"Sirens blared in Hawaii to alert residents to the potential waves."I can attest to that one!