Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Sign of the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, Hawaii
The 1946 Tsunami in Hilo

The Pacific Tsunami Museum is a museum in Hilo, Hawaii dedicated to the history of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami[1] which devastated much of the east coast of the Big Island, especially Hilo. The museum also has a mission to educate people in general about tsunamis, including the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. It is located at 130 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, coordinates 19°43′33″N 155°5′12″W / 19.72583°N 155.08667°W / 19.72583; -155.08667Coordinates: 19°43′33″N 155°5′12″W / 19.72583°N 155.08667°W / 19.72583; -155.08667.[2]

One of the founders of the museum, Dr. Walter Dudley, serves as Chairman of the museum's Scientific Advisory Council.[3]


The museum was co-founded in 1993 by Dr. Walter Dudley, a chronicler of the Hilo tsunamis,[4] and Jeanne Branch Johnston, a tsunami survivor.[3] In 1997 the museum moved into a building donated by First Hawaiian Bank.[3]


  1. ^ "1960 Tsunami". Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  2. ^ Pacific Tsunami Museum official web site
  3. ^ a b c "History". Pacific Tsunami Museum. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ 'Dudley, Walter; Stone, Scott (2000). The Tsunami of 1946 and 1960 and the Devastation of Hilo Town. The Donning Company. ISBN 1-57864-123-3.