Lihue, Kauai, April
2. (By Radiophone). -- Kauai is attempting to get aid
to its stricken people and to check the dead and missing
today as a result of Monday's disastrous tidal wave which
left untold wreckage, six known dead, nine mission and three
seriously injured in its wake.
Red Cross supplies
are being rushed into the Kalihiwai, Kalihikai, Wainiha, and
Haena districts where most of the damage was
Haena was isolated
yesterday from rescue teams and the total damage done there
is yet to be reckoned.
Food and Red Cross
supplies were trucked into Wainiha and Haena yesterday
through a bit of luck.
When the Waikoko
Stream bridge (the stream on the Waioli side of Hanalei) was
washed out by the second big wave, a county truck was
stranded on the Haena side of the stream. All bridges at
Wainiha (between Hanalei and
Haena) were washed out at the same time.
By placing planks
over the wrecked Waikoko stream, supplies were carried
across to the truck and from there delivered to Wainiha and
carried into Haena.
Mrs. Edwin Laamea of
Haena, seriously injured, was carried out across the same
plank bridging. A partial check was made of the Haena
disaster by a party led by Edwin Ching.
They found the
Hanohano home at Haena washed out. The old two story Mahikoa
house was standing but the YMCA camp on the flat at Haena
was completely destroyed.
The Ching party was
unable to get beyond the YMCA camp to estimate
Today's rescue party
going into Haena is headed by Tai Hing Leong, county
The tiny village at
Wainiha is flat. The Nakatsuji store and the surrounding
houses took the full force of the wave.