Pilipo Solatorio Recalls 1946 Tsunami in Halawa

July 27, 2016, 7:00 AM HST · Updated July 26, 8:00 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

“I can still hear it and see it… that was the most frightening experience for me… I was six and a half years old.” ~ Anakala Pilipo Solatorio

Anakala Pilipo Solatorio’s emotional recollection of the tsunami in Halawa Valley will move you to tears. Fifty generations of his ohana have lived in Halawa Valley. Oral histories are passed on from generation to generation. This is one of them.

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Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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