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Quake update: Hawaii assesses damage to hotels, docks

Los Angeles Times staff writer

Property damage estimates mounted Sunday as officials reviewed the condition of homes, hotels and docks from the tsunami that battered parts of the island of Hawaii on Friday.

The Associated Press reported that the Pride of America, a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 passengers, would skip its Wednesday stop at Kailua-Kona Pier on the Big Island because asphalt was pulled up and some facilities were destroyed. Several Kona-Kohala hotels sustained various amounts of damage, the Star-Advertiser reported. The lobby of the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel was flooded.

The Kona Village Resort reported that 20 bungalows were damaged in Friday’s tsunami, and two of its restaurants were flooded. The Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai, Hilton Waikoloa Beach Hotel and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel also reported damage.

On Maui, 11 homes in Wailuku were damaged. The Red Cross Hawaii Chapter sent out crews to assist families in 42 homes statewide.

The West Hawaii Today newspaper reported over the weekend that the majority of damage caused by a series of tsunami waves that battered is primarily in west Hawaii.

“We did see effects islandwide, but fortunately Puna, Hilo, Hamakua and North Kohala seemed to have escaped,” Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento said. “All structural damage is based in South Kohala and Kona."

Honolulu Airport returned to normal over the weekend. On Friday 15 flights to Hawaii and 16 flights to Japan were canceled.

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