Yesterday, Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie toured areas of the Big Island and Maui hardest hit by last week's tsunami. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, he returned to Oahu saying that Hawaii remains open for business even as it digs out from muck and debris.
Earlier this week, the newspaper reported that the damage to government facilities, private businesses and residential property is estimated in the tens of millions.
William Aila, director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, joined Abercrombie on the trip, and reported that a structural engineer inspected Kailua-Kona Pier and determined it can accept the 2,000-passenger cruise ship Pride of America next Wednesday. The ship canceled its normal Big Island stop following the tsunami.