Sheriff Hilkey says Tsunami in Hawaii is so far a "non-event"

By: Cecile Juliette Email
By: Cecile Juliette Email

UPDATE: MAUI, Hawaii (KKCO) - Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey is vacationing on the Hawaiian Islands and has been keeping a close eye on both the local and national media.

Hilkey says he is currently in a hotel on West Maui. He says he's on the 4th floor, and isn't worried about tidal waves.

Hilkey says as of 4 a.m. Hawaiian time, one 1-foot wave has hit one of the islands. He says officials are warning of more waves hitting the islands throughout the morning, but the emergency response is very organized. He says he's been watching both the local Hawaiian media and the national media, and he says there's quite a difference in their reporting.

Hilkey moved his car from the hotel parking lot near the shoreline to higher ground. But he's staying put in his hotel room.

He says he will check back in with 11 News after he gets some sleep to update us on the situation.

While the tsunami hasn't caused widespread damage yet in Hawaii, there have been up to 300 bodies located in Japan where the earthquake struck earlier today.

A 4.5 magnitude hit the big island of Hawaii 3 a.m. local time.

TOKYO, Japan (AP) - Thousands of people are roaming the streets of Tokyo or are stranded in offices and train stations as the capitol's usual bustling traffic stood still after the biggest earthquake in modern Japanese history.
Police have raised the death toll from Japan's earthquake to 60, with 56 missing.

Friday's magnitude 8.9 temblor shook buildings furiously and cut off this nation's prized, sprawling train system, paralyzing the daily commuter flow of more than 10 million people in the Tokyo area.

Some people just gave up and began walking home to the suburbs. Long lines formed at usually unused public phone booths as mobile phones failed to work.

Japan's earthquake resulted in Tsuami warnings as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska, and the entire U.S. West Coast.

Tsunami sirens have been sounding and coastal areas are being evacuated in Hawaii, where the first waves are expected to hit about 6AM, Pacific time.

A geophysicist for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the biggest waves to hit Hawaii could reach for than 6 feet.

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  • by Keepin it real. on Mar 14, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    The Sheriff did respond with a calm and level head. Like a politician. But, if he, or any of our public servents do not see the discontent growing in the peasent class....they have a huge disconnect. 99% of the people Hilkey and his ilk are working for could not afford to go on a vacation like this. Cheap Hawaian condo or not.
  • by JusticeNow Location: GJ on Mar 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    Sheriff is right it has been a "non event" in Hawaii why are some offenders for a word, just looking to stir the pot. Like all of us he deserves a vacation, and he will come back refreshed I'm sure that job is high stress. Enjoy your vacation Sir, and let's pray and support those who need help at this time, May GOD bless the people of Japan and lessen there suffering.
  • by Ed on Mar 12, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    I gained a little bit more respect for our Sheriff to actually respond, rather politely, to unwarranted criticism.
  • by Bert on Mar 12, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Hilkey isn't the only member of the sheriff's office in Hawaii. I hope this isn't on the county's dime, given the layoffs.
  • by Dano Location: GJT on Mar 12, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    What’s wrong concerned, welfare got you down? What a lowlife you are.
  • by Silenteye on Mar 12, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    Hilkey isn't the only member of the sheriff's office in Hawaii at the moment.
  • by Stan Hilkey Location: West Maui on Mar 11, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    Thanks for the support's a few 3:00 a.m. the issue was really a non-event, as time passed we started to hear some more concerning news about other areas of Maui, but our area has generally remained unaffected. As for the vacation and hotel room...this is a trip for my oldest daughter as a graduation gift that was nearly all paid for by her grandparents who are also with us here in Maui. All we had to do was pay our airfare and that in itself was painful. Sorry to disappoint "Concerned," but there are six of us staying a rented condo. It's not lavish, but much appreciated and fun to be at even with all the disruption around us. Take care everyone and keep your thoughts and prayers focused on those that are in much need in Japan. SH
  • by MauiMade Location: GJ on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:56 PM
    I concur with Native91 and Anonymous. Good for Sheriff Hilkey to take a vacation. It's well deserved. Many hotels in Maui are not lavish, frankly that's not the lifestyle there anyway. I would also firmly agree that compared to the way the media blows things up sometimes the term "non-event" was ideal. I am so thankful it was a "non-event" for everyone's sake in Hawaii. However, I am so sorry for the tremendous loss of life and property in Japan. The video is surreal to watch.
  • by Native91 Location: GJ on Mar 11, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    Anonymous you took the words right out of my mouth!! Your reply was absolutely perfect and I thank you for being, realistic, rational and intelligent in your post. I am thrilled that Sheriff Hilkey is able to take a vacation. I sure couldnt do his job.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    @ Concerned: Jealousy isn't pretty. All of us are struggling, you're not alone. But I'd diagnois your struggle as a result of your lack of education. Had you one, you would have understood he was describing it as a non-event in terms of destruction and impact. How in the world would you know anything about his hotel room? Or what choices he made to be able to afford this trip? Some of us scrimp and save. Some of us have high-paying jobs because we worked really, really hard and earned it. Quick judgement is a dangerous thing and you are the one being irresponsible. You do his job, put up with BS from ignorant fools like you, and maybe you'd deserve the 'fat paycheck' he collects, too. He deserves every penny and I'm ecstatic he's in charge instead of you. If you don't like it here, get out.
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