Kapolei Tsunami Evacuation
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If you feel an earthquake, you should protect yourself, then move immediately to higher ground. A tsunami created by a local earthquake could be massive and you’ll want to be as high up as you can. Don’t wait for any official instructions. Go.
If you hear a tsunami siren, or get a tsunami warning on your phone/TV/radio, this is likely in response to a tsunami generated by seismic activity elsewhere in the Pacific. You can look for your area on the official Tsunami Evacuation Zones map to determine if you need to evacuate.
For a tsunami warning based on seismic activity elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean, here’s what you need to know:
If you are in ʻEwa Beach, Ko Olina, Nānākuli, Māʻili, Waiʻanae, or Mākaha, evacuate to the highest ground you can, as soon as you can.
Scroll down or tap here for evacuation instructions.
If you are in Makakilo you don’t need to evacuate, you are in the safe zone.
If you are in the Kapolei/ʻEwa area: If you are closer to the H1 Freeway than you are to the beach, you are probably fine. All the land within a mile of the H1 is considered the “Safe Zone” during even extreme tsunami events.
If you aren’t sure, check the map, or these alphabetical lists:
Do I Need To Evacuate From This West Side Neighborhood?
Ewa Beach – Yes
Ewa Gentry – No
Ewa Villages – No
Hoakalei – Maybe. Tap here for more info.
Honokai Hale – No
Ilima at Leihano – No
Iroquois Point – Yes
Kapilina Beach Homes – Yes
Kalaeloa – No
Kapolei / Villages of Kapolei – No
Kapolei Lofts – No
Ko Olina – Yes
Makakilo – No
Ocean Pointe – Maybe. Tap here for more info.
Do I Need To Evacuate From This West Side Work Location?
Campbell Industrial Park – Yes
Kalaeloa Airport – Yes
Kapolei Business Park – No
Do I Need To Evacuate From This West Side Shopping Area?
Kapolei Commons (Target) – No
Ka Makana Aliʻi – No
Kapolei Costco – No
Kapolei Shopping Center (Safeway) – No
Kapolei Village Center (Foodland) – No
Kapolei Walmart – No
Laulani Village Shopping Center (Safeway, Ross) – No
Do I Need To Evacuate From This West Side Hotel?
Aulani Resort – Yes
Embassy Suites Kapolei – No
Four Seasons at Ko Olina – Yes
Hampton Inn Kapolei – No
Ko Olina Beach Villas – Yes
Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club – Yes
Residence Inn by Marriott Kapolei – No
Nearly all of the homes in the Ka Makana and Lei Pauku neighborhoods are in the green “Safe Zone,” (in green below) but a few are in the yellow “Extreme Tsunami Zone.”
Evacuate to higher ground if you live in the Kipuka neighborhood: These homes are partially in the “Tsunami Zone,” and entirely in the “Extreme Tsunami Zone.” Move upland, towards Keoneula Blvd.
As you can see from this map, while most of Ocean Pointe is in the green “Safe Zone,” some lowland parts of Ocean Pointe are in the yellow “Tsunami Evacuation Zone.”
The yellow area that stretches mauka (uphill/North) is the drainage basin for Kaloi Stream, so a large wave could ride that track up into ʻEwa.
If you are mauka of Geiger Road, you are in the Safe Zone.
Also, if you are at least a couple of blocks east of Kapolei Parkway, you’ll be east of the drainage basin and in the Safe Zone.
A good place to go would be Laulani Village Shopping Center (where Safeway is). That is in the Safe Zone.
If You Need to Evacuate Because of a Tsunami Warning
Here in Hawaiʻi, tsunamis can happen because of earthquakes elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean, or because of earthquakes here on the Islands.
In the case of an earthquake elsewhere, you will likely have several hours of warning. Use this time to gather necessities and move to a safe zone. The alert will let you know.
If You Feel An Earthquake, a Tsunami May Be Seconds Away
But if you feel an earthquake, a tsunami may becoming. Experts recommend:
- Drop, cover, and hold until the earthquake is over. Protect yourself.
- Move inland immediately, toward high ground and away from the coast.
- Don’t wait — don’t pack, don’t check your phone for a warning. GO!
- Go on foot if you can. Roads may clog.
- Don’t return to the beach. Initial tsunami waves aren’t always the largest ones. Waves may continue for several hours.
- Once in a safe zone, wait for official instructions.