Tsunami museum reopens in Hilo: Today marks anniversary of devastating 1946 wave

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Local artist Kristie Kosmides painted a mural depicting different tsunami wave heights, which is on display at the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Natural Hazards Exhibit is a new feature in Pacific Tsunami Museum.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Carol Brown poses for a portrait Thursday in the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo. Brown survived the 1946 and 1960 tsunamis that hit the Big Island.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Docent Dian Mahoney talks with visitors Thursday while giving a tour through the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo. The museum recently reopened after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just in time for Tsunami Awareness Month, the Pacific Tsunami Museum has reopened after being shuttered for two years because of the pandemic.