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Meet the Preppers: David Lakota

In order to bug out, David Lakota and his partner Rachaelle must travel to a beach only accessible by boat.

David and his girlfriend, Rachaelle. (View larger version)

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"I'm preparing for a catastrophic tsunami to strike Hawaii."

David Lakota is a ‘new age spiritual prepper’ who lives in Hawaii and considers the island his most important prep. But living in Hawaii means living with the constant threat of a tsunami; so David spends his days living off the grid and training. He believes that his powers of intuition and his connection to Mother Nature will warn him when a tsunami is coming. David plans to survive a disaster by relying on his six years as part of an international search and rescue team as well as the Alaska Airborne Rangers. His girlfriend Rachaelle looks to him as her prepping mentor and trains with David to survive the dangerous Hawaiian wilderness. Armed with his extensive training and spiritual beliefs, David and his girlfriend believe they are ready to survive any tsunami.

11 comments
Robyn Read
Robyn Read

This guy has to be my all-time favourite for entertainment value, though his gf seemed to have woken up by the pee-drinking bit and then wasn't there in the re-visit so obviously wasn't quite as dumb.

Watching the show you can see who has a viable plan would make it and who just wouldn't, there were so many things while watching this guy that were just complete and utter tosh! The only bit he got right was to head for higher ground.

Gregory S.
Gregory S.

There are signs from nature that a tsunami is en route. The animals head for the hills or otherwise act strangely. Tuning into the tsunami warning center at this point is a good idea. A huge earthquake just offshore is another obvious warning sign if it applies. When the water recedes from the beaches, all remaining doubt is gone and time is critical. As far as predicting one in advance, all I can say is that many have tried and none have succeeded. To make a rough stab at this, I would say that the Pacific Northwest is next in line based on recent events and past history. Perhaps in the next few years if you believe in the domino theory. The last place I want to be is anywhere near the coastline if I think a tsunami is imminent. Elevation is paramount.

Jim S.
Jim S.

NatGeo.. note.. QUIT PUTTING MORONS LIKE THIS GUY ON THE SHOW!! You are making us look STUPID and endangering people who THEN THINK this is all the WRONG thing to be doing. Get SERIOUS!

Jim S.
Jim S.

This guy will be dead in 3 weeks..

Joel Z Williams
Joel Z Williams

I can't believe they gave him 3 months to survive. More like 3 days if he continues to drink his piss and eat random berries. Barefoot? Seriously? I can't take anyone talking about survival seriously unless they own a decent pair of boots at the bare minimum get some sneakers!

M. Forti
M. Forti

Okay... let me get this straight. This guy plans to use his mystical psychic powers to predict a tsunami. He'll do this with enough advance warning that he has time to take a canoe ride to his hill of choice. Then he and his bimbette will hike with no shoes (after he stabs himself in the foot... too funny). They will bring no supplies. They "listen to the universe" to know what's edible, and they plan on drinking piss.

            ...and Nat Geo decided to air this garbage... WHY ?!?!?

M. Forti
M. Forti

This guy is the biggest idiot I've EVER seen on ANY survival related program. If you keep promoting hippy-dippy jerks like this schmuck, I'll be tuning out!

Billy Hayes
Billy Hayes

Are you kidding me with this guy? This has to be the worst episode.

Jim S.
Jim S.

@Joel Z Williams he may last 3 weeks.. but thats about it. The body would consume itself in that time. He's totally without a freakin CLUE out there. He didn't even know the local fauna! He was waiting for the ...Uh..  "UNIVERSE" to tell him if it was ok. Oh man.. he is SO SCREWED.

I think he took the "let the force be with you" crap too literally! ha ha