See New Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone Maps for Waianae Coast Dec. 16 & 17, 2014

O‘ahu residents invited to view new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps at public information and outreach workshops

O‘ahu residents are invited to attend a series of free public information outreach workshops for a preview of new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps. These maps represent an unlikely worst-case scenario and do not replace the current, standard tsunami evacuation maps. Rather, they add a second evacuation zone for a worst case, extreme, once in a thousand years tsunami event.

Newly released scientific and geological information suggests that sometime in the past 500 years, a massive 9.0 earthquake in the eastern Aleutian Trench may have generated a tsunami that far exceeded the inundations known to have occurred during tsunami events throughout recorded history in Hawaii. An event of this magnitude, referred to as an Extreme Tsunami, may occur once every thousand years.

In response to these findings, the city, in conjunction with state, federal, and non-government stakeholders, have developed a new set of O‘ahu Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps, refuge areas, and evacuation routes to complement the current tsunami evacuation maps.

Seventeen outreach workshops will be held in coastal communities around O‘ahu this month and next. Each workshop is designed specifically for that particular community.

Representatives from the city’s Department of Emergency Management will be on hand to present the new maps, discuss the implications for Oahu residents, and answer questions.

December 16 at 7 pm Wai`anae District Park, Meeting Room

December 17 at 7 pm Nanakuli Beach Park, Multi-Purpose room

Malama pono,
Georgette Stevens
​Wai`anae Coast Crime Prevention Coalition​

Sparky Rodrigues
December 4, 2014


Please consider attending this meeting. Very important issue for the Waianae Coast residence to know about and plan for family, neighbors and community.

Know what to do, where to go and plan ahead. Be prepared. Share as appropriate. J


PS hope community volunteers can provide video coverage of this event.

Waianae Neighborhood Board Votes Against Army Live-Fire at Makua (12/2/14)

Waianae, Hawaii – December 2, 2014 – At today’s Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board meeting, a majority of board members voted in favor of taking a position against any further live-fire in Makua Valley.

In a 5-2 decision, board members voted “to take a position that the military should not use Makua Valley for live-fire training ever again”. The majority opinion follows on the footsteps of Malama Makua’s recent celebration of no live-fire in the valley for 10 years and the continued legal hold-up preventing the Army from resuming their live-fire training in the valley.

Board members and community members supported the Army’s need for live-fire, but felt that Makua does not provide an adequate facility for the Army’s needs, particularly for the Stryker Brigade. Members cited limitations with the facility that prevents Army units from experiencing realistic training that the Army desperately needs at the company-level in a Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise (CALFEX).

The CALFEX range was built in 1988, many years before the Army developed the stryker vehicle and stationed a stryker brigade at Schofield Barracks. The current range does not accommodate off-road use of the strykers and limits the Commander to employing only 5 vehicles out of the 21 vehicles assigned. Moreover, the live-fire experience is crippled by nighttime restrictions, preventing commanders from practicing the critically needed task of integrating and coordinating a variety of weapon systems during periods of limited visibility.

One community member commented that Makua might have contributed to combat readiness in WWII, but that times have changed drastically and the valley can no longer accommodate the exponential growth in combat power and reach that today’s Army units now possess. Several community members voiced their concerns that the Army needs to be located near adequate live-fire ranges in the mainland where it can get the necessary training it needs.

Only one community member testified in support of Makua live-fire, citing that if the Army says it needs Makua, then it should be allowed to use it.

The Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board’s position has no enforceable effect on the military’s use of Makua, but it sends a clear signal to the Army that the community wants it to find another place to train.

Jack De Feo
A member of the Oahu Council for Army Downsizing (OCAD)
Waianae, Hawaii 96792