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Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

Jeanne Branch Johnston

Jeanne Branch Johnston

“There’s one lone coconut tree in the front yard of the house. And between waves  . . . a Filipino guy had been swept out and came back in and grabbed onto the tree, and he was holding onto the tree with a death grip, and my uncle came down to grab him before the next wave came in. He came from the Kennedys’ house and came down. And the guy wouldn’t let go of the tree. And so Uncle Rod knocked him out and unclasped his hands and dragged him into the Kennedys’ house and he saved his life, and they were friends forevermore after that.” —Jeanne Branch Johnston

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