"Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) -- A tsunami generated by an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile struck Hawaii Saturday, but an official with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the island chain "dodged a bullet" after smaller-than-expected waves were reported.
The first waves of the tsunami were recorded on The Big Island around noon (5 p.m. ET), 16 hours after the Chilean temblor.
Gauges showed water levels rising 3 feet in Hilo, and remaining at that level.
"It's almost the best sort of tsunami you can possibly have, one that's big enough that everyone sees that something happened, but not big enough to cause any damage," said Gerald Fryer, a geophysicist with the warning center.
He cautioned, however, that the center would not give the all-clear until activity in the water decreased.
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"But it's beginning to look like we escaped sort of with the skin of our teeth," he added.
The arrival of the tsunami waves was preceded by receding water that exposed reefs and churned up silt.
Earlier, Hawaiian residents scrambled to stock up on water, gas and food as sirens pierced the early morning quiet across the islands ahead of the tsunami.
Roads to beaches and other low-lying areas were closed and seaside hotels were moving guests to higher ground.
At Honolulu's Hilton Waikoloa Hotel, guests with cars headed inland and buses moved hundreds of others to a nearby evacuation center.
At supermarkets, residents stocked up on essentials like water and toilet paper in anticipation of the high waters. One sign at a local store limited families to two cases of Spam.
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Beaches that would normally be crowded with sunbathers at midday on a Saturday were deserted. Commercial and recreational vessels seeking safe waters lined up a mile off the coast.
County sirens were sounding hourly "to alert residents and visitors to evacuate coastal areas," Hawaii's Civil Defense Division said in a statement.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning, the highest level of a tsunami alert, for the entire Pacific region, including countries as far away as Russia, Japan and Australia.
California and Alaska are under a tsunami advisory.
Tsunami waves came ashore along the Chilean coast shortly after the earthquake, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Victor Sardina told CNN.
He said the largest was 9 feet near the quake's epicenter. Another wave, 7.7 feet, hit the Chilean town of Talcahuano, according to Eric Lau of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Video from the town showed one car sitting in a large expanse of water and boats littering the docks.
A large wave on the island of Juan Fernandez -- 400 miles (643 km) off Chile's coast -- killed three people, Provincial Governor Ivan De La Maza said. Ten people were missing.
Navigational buoys in Ventura County, California, sustained minor damage as a result of a 2-foot surge and waves, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. The Ventura County Fire Department had one report of damage to a resident's dock from the surge.
Speaking Saturday afternoon in Washington, President Barack Obama urged people in Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa, also under a tsunami warning, to prepare.
"We can't control nature, but we can and must be prepared for disaster when it strikes," he said in a brief statement at the White House.
He told residents along the U.S. west coast to be prepared as well, as "there may be dangerous waves and currents throughout the day."
The 13th Air Force, in Hawaii, launched planes carrying loudspeakers to alert people in coastal areas not near sirens to evacuate.
Before the tsunami struck, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle said she had already declared a state of emergency.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said his agency and the Department of Homeland Security were closely monitoring the situation.
"FEMA stands ready to assist should a request for assistance be made, and does have pre-deployed assets in Hawaii, including food, water, generators and other resources."
In 1960, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake on South America's west coast destroyed much of downtown Hilo and killed 61 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake had a magnitude between 8.25 and 8.5, the USGS said, and the waves in Hilo Bay reached 35 feet, but only 3 to 17 elsewhere."
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"A visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. My family takes in the Kilauea Visitors Center, the Jaggar Museum, and the Thurston Lava Tube. "
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"HONOLULU – A group of nine Hawaii senators held hands, bowed their heads and sought God's blessing Wednesday, signaling that they'll still pray despite a vote last week to abandon official invocations.
Fears of court challenges compelled the state Senate to end prayers, making it the first legislative body in the nation to do so.
The informal prayer Wednesday took place in the Senate chamber before the daily lawmaking session, convened in such a way so as not to contradict the decision to remove invocations from Senate business.
"The message is that not all senators have eliminated prayer," said Sen. Will Espero, D-Ewa-Ewa Beach-Lower Waipahu, who organized the group. "We're well within the confines of the law."
The 25-member Senate changed its rules in a unanimous voice vote last Thursday to end prayers after the American Civil Liberties Union sent lawmakers a letter complaining that the invocations often referenced Jesus Christ, contravening the separation of church and state.
Senate leaders said they wanted to avoid the potential for breaking the law, but lawmakers who participated in the quiet prayer Wednesday said their faith has a place in their work.
"It's nice to start off the day with a prayer because we need all the help we can get," said Sen. Mike Gabbard, D-Kalaeloa-Makakilo.
The ACLU of Hawaii declined to comment Wednesday. The ACLU previously has said the Senate's action to remove prayers helps create an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of spiritual beliefs.
Senate President Shan Tsutsui, who did not participate in the prayer session, said he condoned their independent movement to keep prayer alive.
"It's a matter of free speech," said Tsutsui, D-Wailuku-Kahului. "We do encourage members, at their own will and desire, to go ahead and engage in prayer."
He said prayers could be held in the Senate in the future because the chamber's rules are silent on the issue following last week's vote.
The brief prayer asked God to bless senators' choices and sought guidance to do right for the people they represent, said participant Sen. Pohai Ryan, D-Lanikai-Waimanalo.
"Government and faith should be separate. But just because I voted against it doesn't mean I'm not a spiritual person," Ryan said.
(This version CORRECTS Ryan's party affiliation to "D" in 12th paragraph.)"
" 32"Whoever acknowledges me (Jesus) before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven."-Matthew 10
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"..The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant....
"..Multimedia Map and Time Line: Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life—moment by moment, target by target... Pearl Harbor Ships and Planes
"The surprise was complete. The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53 AM, the second at 8:55. By 9:55 it was all over. By 1:00 PM the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan.
the attack, 1942
Behind them they left chaos, 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. In one stroke the Japanese action silenced the debate that had divided Americans ever since the German defeat of France left England alone in the fight against the Nazi terror.
Approximately three hours later, Japanese planes began a day-long attack on American facilities in the Philippines. (Because the islands are located across the International Dateline, the local Philippine time was just after 5 AM on December 8.) Farther to the west, the Japanese struck at Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand in a coordinated attempt to use surprise in order inflict as much damage as quickly as possible to strategic targets.
Although stunned by the attack at Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Fleet's aircraft carriers, submarines and, most importantly, its fuel oil storage facilities emerged unscathed. These assets formed the foundation for the American response that led to victory at the Battle of Midway the following June and ultimately to the total destruction of the Japanese Empire four years later. ..
USS Arizona - Still leaking oil! - Pearl Harbour Hawaii
"There is still an estimated 500,000 gallons of oil still in the hull of the USS Arizona battleship. With ongoing erosion, more oil escapes the hull each year. In 2006, 9.5 quarts (9 liters) of oil was measured leaving the ship.
Eventually a serious hull breach will occur that could release thousands of gallons oil at a time."
"The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship consists of three main sections: the entry and assembly rooms; a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall..."
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..The roles that the two male leads played by Affleck and Hartnett have in the attack sequence are analogous to the real historical deeds of U.S. Army Air Corps Second Lieutenants George Welch and Kenneth M. Taylor, who took to the skies during the Japanese attack and, together, claimed six Japanese aircraft and a few probables; however, the movie itself makes no mention of or allusion to Welch's and Taylor's existence in history, and the movie's plot involving the leads, aside from their roles in the attack sequence, does not match any other historical account of Welch or Taylor. Some critics consider the presence of the two fictional main characters in their steads a blatant usurpation of the true historical figures' roles. This point, when coupled with what many critics feel is an arbitrary and ill-conceived love triangle plot involving the fictional replacements, led to the accusation that Pearl Harbor as an abuse of artistic license...
"..On April 8, 1942, the same day that the Americans and Filipinos defending Bataan Peninsula surrendered, Enterprise steamed slowly out of Pearl Harbor. With her escorts - the cruisers Salt Lake City and Northampton, four destroyers and a tanker - she turned northwest and set course for a point in the north Pacific, well north of Midway, and squarely on the International Date Line.
Six days earlier, Enterprise's sister ship Hornet had sailed from San Francisco, also accompanied by a cruiser and destroyer screen. Ploughing westwards, Hornet carried a somewhat unusual cargo. Arrayed across her aft flight deck, in two parallel rows, sat 16 Mitchell B-25 bombers: Army Air Force medium bombers. By all appearances, the bombers were too large to possibly take off from a carrier deck.
Certainly, this is what the men in Enterprise's task force thought when Hornet and her escorts hove into view early April 13. Rumors spread about the force's mission: some thought the bombers were being delivered to a base in the Aleutians, while others speculated they were destined for a Russian airfield on the Kamchatka peninsula. The mystery was solved later in the day, when Vice Admiral William F. Halsey signaled that Task Force 16 - two carriers, four cruisers and eight destroyers, supported by two tankers and two submarines - was "bound for Tokyo."..
"...Then an officer ordered him to the bridge to aid the mortally wounded Captain of the ship. He subsequently manned a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition and was ordered to abandon ship.
Miller described firing the machine gun during the battle, a weapon which he had not been trained to operate: "It wasn't hard. I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine. I had watched the others with these guns. I guess I fired her for about fifteen minutes. I think I got one of those Jap planes. They were diving pretty close to us."...
Miller was commended by the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox on 1 April 1942, and on 27 May 1942 he received the Navy Cross, which Fleet Admiral (then Admiral) Chester W. Nimitz, the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet personally presented to Miller on board aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) for his extraordinary courage in battle. Speaking of Miller, Nimitz remarked:
This marks the first time in this conflict that such high tribute has been made in the Pacific Fleet to a member of his race and I'm sure that the future will see others similarly honored for brave acts...
In addition to the Navy Cross, Miller was entitled to the Purple Heart Medal; the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
Commissioned on 30 June 1973, USS Miller (FF-1091), a Knox-class frigate, was named in honor of Doris Miller....
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"After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Corporal Jacob DeShazer became a man bent on revenge. After Jake and seven other airmen were captured by the Japanese and imprisoned, he survived nearly 3 ½ years as a prisoner of war. Learn how God changed Jake DeShazer's direction from vengeance to becoming a messenger of His mercy and forgiveness as a missionary to those who were once his enemies. Click here to view full feature: http://tinyurl.com/DOD-WWII...
"Part One of the eye-witness account of a Joe Morgan, "machine gun mechanic," who survived the Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941. He tells of going from fear to hatred to forgiveness. (See also Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKUBqZKb13g and visit JoeMorgan.org)"
___HONOLULU, Hawaii (BP)--Growing up in Little River, Texas, in the 1920s and '30s, Joe Morgan felt certain God was calling him to preach.
___He intended to go to college and then seminary, but when he flunked a history class, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. There, he began to drift from God, living the stereotypical life of the young sailor.
___Then came Dec. 7, 1941.
___Morgan was on duty at Ford Island in th
JOE MORGAN with his son, Robert, at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
e middle of Pearl Harbor that morning, when he heard planes approaching. At first he and the other sailors thought the planes were from U.S. aircraft carriers staging a mock attack. Then the sailors heard an explosion.
___Soon they saw two bombs dropped on a nearby runway. As the plane that delivered those bombs pulled out of its dive, the sailors saw the symbol of the Rising Sun and knew Japan was attacking.
___After initially being paralyzed by fear and seeking refuge in his hangar, Morgan later helped mount guns on planes near the hangar and shot down a Japanese airplane.
___Although he didn't suffer any physical wounds, he left the battle scarred by a deep hatred for the Japanese people.
___And that night, while manning the gun against any further attack, he made a pledge to God. "I promised the Lord that if I lived through the war, I'd get out of the Navy and get my training to be a preacher."
___Soon after, he was transferred to another unit on Maui, while his previous unit was sent to the South Pacific where it suffered heavy casualties. Morgan believed God had a reason for protecting him, and the only wound he carried from the war was his hatred-turned-animosity for the Japanese.
___After the war, Morgan kept his promise and left the Navy. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University, where after being inspired by a history professor, he made the subject he flunked in high school his major. He later earned a divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
___He married Blanche Fernandes, a native Hawaiian, and accepted the pastorate of Wailuku Baptist Church on Maui in 1954.
___But as he faithfully followed God's call, he also carried his hatred for the Japanese.
___Then in 1956, Morgan heard that Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese naval commander who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, was speaking on Maui. Fuchida had become a Christian after meeting a former prisoner of war who returned to post-war Japan as a missionary.
"Mitsuo Fuchida (淵田美津雄) (3 December 1902 - 30 May 1976) was a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and a Imperial Japanese Navy flying ace pilot before and during World War II. He is perhaps best known for leading the first air wave attacks on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Fuchida was responsible for the coordination of the entire aerial attack working under the overall fleet Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo.
After World War II ended with Japan's defeat, he became a Christian and considered himself an evangelist until the end of his life."
___Still, Morgan felt strong animosity toward Fuchida and didn't know "whether to shake Fuchida's hand or shoot him" if they ever met.
___After praying, the Baptist pastor decided to attend Fuchida's talk.
___"God gave me the grace to listen," he recalled.
___After the talk, Morgan introduced himself to Fuchida as a Pearl Harbor survivor. Fuchida bowed slightly, said, "Gomenasai" (I'm sorry), and reached out to shake Morgan's hand.
___At that moment, Morgan realized God had changed his heart. "The anger, hatred and animosity toward this man and his country were gone," he said. "It was not how great of a Christian I was, but how great of a God I had."
___"We shook hands not as former enemies but as brothers in Christ. We both had received God's mercy and forgiveness."
___Today, Morgan tells this story to visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Despite failing health, he makes presentations every Thursday at the memorial, which is visited by millions of tourists annually.
___"He's like the Arizona Memorial's Billy Graham," said Robert Morgan, one of his sons. "Grown men and women dealing with anger and hatred, this story brings them to a catharsis. Some can't say anything. They can only hug him."
___"One of my goals is to help people get over their anger at the Japanese and other people and learn how to forgive as God forgives us," his father explained.
___Recently, a young man visited the Arizona Memorial shortly after losing his fiancé in the World Trade Center attack Sept. 11. "You're helping me heal," the man told Morgan.
___Morgan serves as chaplain of Pearl Harbor Survivors and honorary chaplain of the Arizona Memorial. In addition to sharing about God's work in his life with thousands of visitors, he also performs weddings and funerals for survivors and park rangers on the memorial. He shares his testimony through a brochure that he prints at his expense and distributes to anyone who wants one.
___Robert Morgan often reminds his father of the important "church" he serves now at the Arizona Memorial.
___"The park rangers adore him," said Robert Morgan, an ordained minister, "and to the congregation of tourists he can say whatever he wants to say about how Pearl Harbor changed his life."
___Because of a loss of short-term memory, Morgan no longer can tell his story himself. His son interviews him and helps him through rough spots.
___Visitors, already moved by Morgan's story, are touched even further as they see a son help his father.
___In a life that has included the attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II, Vietnam, three heart bypass surgeries and a heart attack, Morgan agrees with his son that telling his story of what God has done in his life is the only reason he is still alive.
___"He's still here," Robert Morgan said, "because I believe he has a story to tell that you need to hear."
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From Fear To Forgiveness - Part Two
"A combination of photos from Sunday (sorry I missed Saturday), at the Hawaiian Island Surf Ministries event. Donations, volunteers, music, food and surf contest! What a blast. Good to see New Hope and Angel Tree involved. Much love and peace. Here is a slideshow produced by Rita Truslow for Christian Surfers United States."
"is one of the United States, located on an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. The state was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959, making it the 50th state. Its capital is located in its major city, Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The most recent census puts the state's population at 1,211,537."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.
Through his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the last 15 years...
Kamakawiwoʻole's recording of "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" reached #12 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart the week of January 31, 2004 (for the survey week ending January 18, 2004), and passed the 2 million paid downloads mark in the USA as of September 27, 2009....
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"This is my sister, cousins, and friends doing a hip-hop medley at a Christian band concert at Old A's in Kona, Hawaii. I love redeeming dance for God. He is the one who gave us these gifts so we should use them to praise him! Again, this is just last minute rough work which is how we opperate in most of our dances! Hope you enjoy!"
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...Victorino is of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Chinese descent. His last name is Portuguese and was originally spelled with an 'e' at the end. In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2011, he explained "My name is really Victorine, which is Portuguese. My great-, great-grandpa, when he was in the war, they spelled his name with an O at the end instead of an E, and it became Victorino." His cousin is Free Agent pitcher Kanekoa Texeira...
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"From The Honolulu Advertiser:
The University of Hawai'i football team debuted its new version of the haka before and after Saturday's 49-14 win over Nevada-Las Vegas.
Not to confuse people, this is actually the Hawaiian Ha'a and not the Maori Haka. If you listen closely, it's spoken in fluent Hawaiian and associates Hawaiian movements. "
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