As of 3:45am Hawaii time, guests were still not allowed back into their rooms with Chanize telling us that by 6am they will get the all clear. Another travel journalist, Chris Elliott is also at the Grand Wailea and just a few minutes ago, he tweeted that despite the activity, things are probably going to be alright:
Mood in lobby of @Grandwailea is festive. "Very little" wave action now reported near Maui. Looks like we survived
A tsunami alert has also been issued for the entire West Coast of the U.S. but while Southern California is expecting some serious waves, there haven't been any calls for hotel evacuations yet. In Japan, things are much more serious. All tall buildings in Tokyo have been evacuated and elevators are off-limits. Considering how many hotels are within tall buildings, that's a lot of hotel that are operating in emergency mode right now.
Aloha from Ko'a Kea Hotel on Kauai. Evacuated the hotel early. Unusual wave activity, no damage. Waiting to return.....
Plenty of tired guests who insisted on returning to their rooms when big waves didn't materialize. More wave action now, tho.
· HotelChatter Twitter follower Michelle Conrad also says that some hotel guests in Kauai were evacuated to school gyms.
· Chris Elliott reports that the Grand Wailea has gotten the "all clear" at 6:30am Hawaii time. He also managed to file a "How to Survive a Tsunami in Your Hotel" story not even an hour later.
[Photo: Daily Mail]