Crisis in Hawaii
I live in Waipahu ,Hawaii. I live with my mom, dad, older brother Christopher, and my sister Brittany. Christopher is 17 and Brittany is 16. I am 14. I also live next to my best friend Rachel. She is also my age. We live in a nice neighborhood. Everyone in my neighborhood knows each other and is very friendly. There is also other teenagers around my age. We like to hangout a lot together. We have a lot of fun. It was 8:00 on a Sunday morning. My mom and dad are still trying to figure out if we should go to church or not. Very loud explosions suddenly just started happening out of nowhere. We all rushed outside to see that a plane must have just crashed. We looked around to find our neighbor but instead a navy doctor looking through a pair of binoculars. His attention focused on side of the plane that just crashed. “It’s the Japanese!”, as I saw tracer shells being fired at them. We raced into the car to pick up one of my mothers best friends with a 11 month-old baby. We were told to go into the hills nearby. My heart was racing. I was terrified. Watching thousands of people losing their lives made me think, “ What if I am next?. We are about halfway up the mountain when a Japanese plane flew over us. My family quickly ran out of the car to duck under a close by tree. By then I started to cry thinking that I might die. Finally the plane goes by without harming us and we all jump in the car and drive to a huge deserted aqueduct with many families and people under it. A small Army group was there. That was kind of comforting knowing that. We stayed for a couple of hours until we were told to go to a village nearby Waipahu and from there we were sent to the home of the plantation manager because we had a small child in the group. It was three days there until we knew for sure that the enemy was never going to return. During the three days I was never so scared in my life. I keep thinking and wondering if my friends at home were ok. But in a way I was very lucky knowing that my family and I did not get harmed. When we returned our neighborhood everything was a mess. This was a very uncomforting feeling.Trees had been destroyed and there was ash and dust everywhere. When we walked into the house everything seemed to be in place. We were lucky that a bomb didn't destroy our home. I ran upstairs to my room and called my best friend Rachel. Rachel has been my best friend since 3rd grade. Then when she moved right next door to me we became a lot closer. She has a older brother Nick and a older sister Sam. I also have a older brother and older sister. Our brothers and sisters are good friends also. I called Rachel about two times and both times she didn't answer. So I walked over and found her and her family just getting out of the car. I ran up to her to ask if she and her family was alright. Her dad was in the army and had not came back home yet from fighting in Pearl Harbor yet. Her family seemed very worried that he would not return. Last night Rachel’s family got the call that her dad was missing and might never come home. This devastated Rachel and her family. She wouldn't talk for two weeks before I caught her outside of her house. So I walked over to talk to her. She was better than she was last week but still wasn't ready to talk to anyone about it. Her mom didn't know what she was going to do. Rachel’s grandmother came to live with them to help them out. I felt very bad for them. Even when they were pretty much recovered from this I have not. This was very life changing. I now know that I should appreciate what I have.
Authorâ€™s Note Crisis in Hawaii takes place in Waipahu, Hawaii and takes place in 1941. This happened right after the Great Depression. Lots of lives were ruined or destroyed after this event in history. The attack on Pearl Harbor was started by the Japanese on the U.S on December 7th, 1941. Pearl Harbor happened right after World War 2. World War 2 began in September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany following Germany's inventions of Poland. Although the outbreak of war was triggered by Germany's invasion of Poland ,Although the causes of the war are more complex. This was a sneak attack on the U.S. Japan was trying to become the dominant, imperial power in East Asia. After Pearl Harbor the president of the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, addressed a letter to the American Congress, and the nation, to detail the attack. In the address, the president asked to pass a declaration of war. This war turned around the lives of many American families. 1,282 wounded and 2,402 Americans were killed. Works Cited "Attack At Pearl Harbor, 1941." EyeWitness to History - History through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It. N.p., 1997. Web. 02 Feb. 2012. <http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/pearl.htm>. Rosenberg, Jennifer. "Pearl Harbor Facts." 20th Century History. Http://www.nytco.com/, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2012. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/Pearl-Harbor/a/Pearl-Harbor-Facts.htm>. This website talks about General Pearl Harbor facts, Japan, Facts about the battleships, airfields and after Pearl Harbor. Stevens, Gareth. "Pearl Harbor." World War 2. Pleasantville, NY: Gareth Stevens, 2006. 18-19. Print. This book was about world war two. It says a lot about Pearl Harbor and what happened on December 7, 1941. This book included how long the attack lasted and that Japan decided to attack the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, in Hawaii. "World War Two - Causes." World War Two. The History on the Net Group, Nov. 2000. Web. 22 May 2012. <http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW2/causes.htm>.