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Old Jan 22, 2008, 5:13 PM   #1
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On May 23rd 1960 a Tsunami (tidal wave) struck the town of Hilo and the community of Waiakea in Hawaii destroying much of the dowtown area including a community clock that was donated by a local school principal.

As the old song goes,

"But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died."

The hands on the Wakefield clock stopped at 1:05pm, May 23, 1960 the moment the Tsunami struck. A replacement clock honoring the moment stands in its place a tribute to the strength, courage and resilence of the people of Waiakea which bore the brunt of the Tsunami. The replacement clock has its hands frozen at 1:05pm.

This post has three photos, please let me know if I should remove one. I thought it might be okay since the opening sign isn't really a timepiece.



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Some historical photos of the tsunami.





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Old Jan 22, 2008, 5:25 PM   #2
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Nice work, Selvin. Thanks for the historical information. These narratives always add a great deal to the photos. Who are the people standing next to the clock?

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Old Jan 22, 2008, 11:29 PM   #3
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Cal,

Thanks for your comments. The lady on the left is my wife Frances, and the fellow on the right is my son, Christopher.

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On its own, the clock is an interesting photo. With the context, it's really special. Thanks for including the story.

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A sad story. Nice that someone thought to remember it that way.
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 8:23 PM   #6
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Torjansoc, NHMom,

Thanks for your comments.
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 1:56 PM   #7
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This is a very interesting and poignant post. It was great the you included the information and photos that went along with the photo of the clock.

I have to say your wife and son are a very handsome couple.


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