Tsunami Evacuation Centers for the Big Island

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When the County of Hawaii is placed under a tsunami warning by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center a compulsory evacuation will be implemented for all areas that lie within the established tsunami evacuation zones as listed in the local telephone directory.

Evacuees are encouraged to seek shelter with family or friends who live outside of the evacuation zone. For evacuees without other recourse, the evacuation centers listed below will be opened to accommodate them.

Be advised that the evacuation centers will not provide food or bedding. A place to park your vehicle, and restroom facilities will be provided. Evacuees should bring food, beverages, bedding, medications, and important documents with them to the evacuation center and expect to remain there for at least 12 to 16 hours.

During a Tsunami evacuation, you may arrive at these locations before staff; please be patient.

The following centers will be opened during a tsunami watch or tsunami warning (some centers listed below may not be marked on the map above):

North Kona:

  • West Hawaii Civic Center (74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kealakehe)
  • Kealakehe High School Gym
  • Kona Imin Center (76-5877 North Kona Belt Road, Holualoa)

South Kona:

  • Yano Hall (82-6156 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook)


  • Pahala Community Center (96-3159 Maile Street, Pahala)
  • Naalehu Clubhouse (95-5635 Mamalahoa Highway, Naalehu)


  • Pahoa Neighborhood Facility (15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa)
  • Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua Street, Keaau)

South Hilo:

  • Piihonua Gym (850 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, HI)
  • Puueo Community Center (145 Wainaku Street, Hilo, HI)
  • Andrews Gym (33 W. Kawailani Street, Hilo, HI)
  • Costales Waiakea Uka Gym (1200 Ainaola Drive, Hilo HI)
  • Panaewa Park
  • Hilo High School Cafeteria
  • Carvalho Park

North Hilo:

  • Papaaloa Gym (35-1994 Government Main Road, Papaaloa, HI)


  • Honokaa Gym (45-541 Lehua Street, Honokaa, HI)

North Kohala:

  • Hisaoka Gym (54-382 Kamehameha Park Road, Kapaau, HI)

South Kohala:

  • Waimea Community Center (65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI)
  • Waikoloa School

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