Tsunami Damages 2 Big Island Hotels

Two hotels on the Big Island closed because of damage caused by the tsunami.

The Four Seasons Hualalai and Kona Village Resort, both sustained damage from the water surges.

Four Seasons officials said it has relocated its guests to other properties on Lanai, Maui and other hotels. The hotel management plans to reopen on March 21.

The waves caused damage to about 12 rooms and suites. The tsunami also dragged debris and sand onto the property, including bars and pools.

Hotel officials said the staff is not being laid off and that the workers are helping with the cleanup.

Kona Village Resort did not specify the extent of its damage.

“As the resort did sustain some damage due to the water surge, we have closed Kona Village Resort to insure that we will be ready to welcome our guests and be fully operational,” the hotel said on its website.

The King Kamehameha Hotel along the coast also sustained damage. However, the hotel did not close. The damage was limited, according to the hotel’s website.

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