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Check Six – 1992: Hurricane Iniki Response

June 4, 2021

This post first appeared in Issue 124 of the e-newsletter Retiree News on June 13, 2011

Hawaii National Guard photograph

This photo has a very young CPT Paul Nanamori and an unidentified soldier during recovery operations after Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

1992 was the most active Pacific hurricane season on record.  The most notable storm was Hurricane Iniki.  It passed directly over the island of Kauai on September 11, 1992 as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.  The hurricane caused billions of dollars of damage to the Hawaiian Islands.  In Hawaiian, iniki means “strong and piercing wind”, and Hurricane Iniki was the most powerful hurricane to strike the Hawaii in recorded history.

Hawai‘i Army and Air National Guard members were activated to provide support on Kauai.  They were involved with cleanup operations that started a long recovery by the island’s residents.

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