I am just back from Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. We went for a wedding of our friend's son and new bride. We arrived as the news that Japan was hit with the historic Earthquake and that there was a Tsunami Warning for most of the Pacific Ocean. By the time we got to our hotel, The Sheraton on Kona, they were planning to close the hotel and we should go to the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
Our friends took us to the Bride's parents, where we had everything we needed. Over 30 of us stayed and watched the unfathomable. The Tsunami came in three waves to the Kona Coast (West Coast of Hawaii). There is a huge amount of devastation there. The Pier and many homes and businesses were ruined. Jobs will be lost but no one was hurt - businesses were closed, streets were full of sand and silt.
I am so grateful that most of the wedding festivities went off as planned. We adapted. We slept on the floor and missed a shower and clean clothes. We had facilities. We needed nothing.
The people of Japan need everything. I did a series of floral photography while in Kona the few free hours I had. I will have those finished in a few days. 20% of the proceeds from those will be given to Rotary International to give to Japan toward recovery. And the Ensele Gallery will have a special event on March 31st and I will donate one of the images so that proceeds will be earmarked to the Red Cross for Japan Relief.
It's the best way I know to show my gratitude.