I moved to the main island of Hawaii about a year ago. After high school, I decided I needed to leave the small town I grew up in, and discover a different area. I felt drawn to the islands, so that is where I ended up. The first few months consisted of settling in and exploring. I met some really amazing people, and honestly felt like I was on heaven on earth. I love the ocean, yet I have always been afraid as to how powerful it truly is. It seems so calm at times, but they say “never turn your back on the ocean…” Being on a small island, far away from the mainland can be very intimidating at times. What am I going to do of a tsunami hits? Swim all the way to California? Pattle my surfboard to Mexico? Or just tread water until someone finds me? Well, the truth is, no amount of preparation could have helped with what was about to hit our island.