A frightful wall of water caught it, tilted it, and flung it against half a dozen cocoanut trees.
One in fifty of the cocoanut palms still stood, and they were wrecks, while on not one of them remained a single nut.
The survivors cut the hearts out of the fallen cocoanut trees and ate them.
Swimming in the darkness, strangling, suffocating, fighting for air, she was struck a heavy blow on the shoulder by a cocoanut. On the instant her plan was formed, and she seized the nut.
By the tenth day her last cocoanut was gone, and she was shrivelling from thirst.
In the meantime she fastened the outrigger back on the canoe, using for lashings all the cocoanut fibre she could find, and also what remained of her ahu.
In the eary afternoon, standing upright in the canoe, she sighted Hikueru Its wealth of cocoanut palms was gone.
The gust of wind struck the pandanus tree overhead and tore through the palms beyond, flinging half a dozen ripe cocoanuts with heavy thuds to the ground.
A sea swept up the beach, licking around the trunks of the cocoanuts and subsiding almost at their feet.
The days went by, and she lived on the cocoanuts that had kept her afloat.
Then she went on along the beach, panting and groaning, but resolutely seeking for cocoanuts. Quickly she found one, and, as she glanced around, a second.
This village contained about two hundred habitations, composed of poles set in the ground, tied together at the ends, and thatched with grass, and was situated in an open grove of cocoanuts
. The royal palace of Tamaahmaah was a large house of two stories; the lower of stone, the upper of wood.
Contributors, a group of nurses and historians from the US and Turkey, focus on 12 disasters, including the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the 1942 Cocoanut
Grove nightclub fire, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the 1878 Mississippi yellow fever epidemic, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, the 1917 Halifax disaster, and the 1921 Tulsa race riot, ending with a chapter on international disasters.