Hundreds of Storm Victims Reach Safety by Boat With PM-Hurricane Iniki, Bjt
HONOLULU (AP) _ A boatload of refugees from hurricane-ravaged Kauai island lined the rails of Navatek I, waving and cheering as the cruise ship docked at Honolulu Harbor.
The ship, which normally conducts tours of Pearl Harbor, ferried 380 tourists to safety Sunday after dropping off emergency supplies and personnel on neighboring Kauai, which took the brunt of Hurricane Iniki on Friday.
One of the first off the boat after the six-hour trip was Timothy Leland of Boston, who fled Kauai with about 250 other people attending a Federal Express work-holiday.
Leland, 25, said he and other guests at the Hyatt Regency Kauai gathered in the hotel’s grand ballroom at the start of the storm. But soon, high winds forced everyone into a maze of concrete service hallways beneath the hotel.
″For the next 10 hours we sat down there, water dripping on us,″ Leland said. ″It was pouring into the hallways. Very little ventilation, whatsoever.″
When the storm passed, the guests went back upstairs up to find there was no electricity or running water. They tried to make themselves comfortable anyway.
″The first thing we did when we got up there, quite honestly, we had a drink,″ Leland said.
The hurricane’s destruction left visitors’ calendars pretty much open Saturday. Leland said he spent the day on the beach, watching relief helicopters fly in from Honolulu.
Kaoru Takenaka, 36, of Nishiwaki, Japan, had planned a golfing vacation. He managed to get in one round Thursday, the day he arrived on Kauai. The next day, he let Iniki play through.
Takenaka said his hotel, the Westin Kauai, provided its 1,000 guests with fruit juices and soda pop to drink in lieu of water.
″We tried to stay cool,″ said Linda Herreid, 42, of Rockaway, N.J., who was staying at the Hyatt with her husband, Glenn.
Hotel guests were provided with buckets of ocean water to flush their toilets once a day, she said.
″There was no air conditioning, no water,″ she said. ″No bathroom facilities. You learn to appreciate all the conveniences we had.″