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Lost Everything in Leilani Lava

$11,990 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 5 months
Created May 9, 2018
Astra Burke
on behalf of Philip and Lanell Haysmer
Phil and Lunel Haysmer, long time Humboldt residents and the founders of Many Hands Gallery,  retired to Hawaii over five years ago. In the recent Leilani lava flow they lost everything, their home and all worldly possessions consumed by the lava; and when I say everything , I mean everything. Lunel was hospitalized immediately before the evacuations and left her home with literally the clothes  she was wearing. A lifetime of valued possessions and art has been lost, but also the simple day to day items we take for granted. This fundraiser is to help them land a  little easier after this tragedy; to help replace the basic necessities, like clothes, sundries, art supplies, housewares and more. Please keep up to date with their blog  HaysmerHawaii on blogspot for the most current information. 

http://haysmerhawaii.blogspot.com/

The Haysmers are not on any social media accounts, but they would very much apprecite emails from you. 

haysmer@sonic.net

Thank you for your donations!
Astra Burke
owner 
Many Hands Gallery
Eureka, ca

All funds will be electronically wired to Phil and Lunel as they become available. 




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Phil and Lunel have a difficult time accessing the internet due to the connection speed; they asked me to post this message for them:

Aloha and Mahalo –

Here in Hawai’i the word “ohana” means all those who are part of your physical family and those who are included as your extended, intimate family as well, and you are certainly included. There are no words to describe either what we have just experienced or the gratitude we feel toward the kindness that has been extended to us through your donations and other contributions, hugs, tears and kisses.

We don’t know how many details you know, however, for the next few weeks we are safe and secure, living with a lovely family with whom we seem to be a good match, believe it or not, even our four corgi dogs are doing well with their two dogs. In addition, they have taken in a neighbor-friend of ours and his dog.

If you have visited our blog ( www.haysmerhawaii.blogspot.com) you can see where our home and garden filled one acre, and claimed about three dozen other homes. Most of the residents have left due to not only the lava, ash, cinders and poisonous air, but because the geo-thermal (fracking facility with poisonous chemicals) is nearby and must be secured until (when and if) the fissures stop opening and flowing.

The good news is Lunel is out of the hospital, has medications, and we will soon understand more about her condition/prognosis/treatment. MRI came out normal so next an appointment with neurologist is scheduled. In the meantime, she’s on four meds and distracting herself when she can, attempting if poorly to do her usual organization/setting up systems –recreating lists, etc. The furnished little room we are living in is divided into tiny areas for food, office, art, beds and the few clothes we each have. In the short term, until Lunel’s health is squared away and the trauma reduced, we have a safe place to be. Only time will tell, as with most everything.

In the meantime, Phil has made contact with a fellow closing his wood shop who may have tools so he can hopefully buy to begin to return (eventually) to his wood art, and a couple guys with space he could share temporarily. Lunel has gifted many lovely art tools and has returned to her unique expressions of doddle drawings, quirky poetry. As you can imagine for both of us losing our collection of art, journals and memorabilia of 32 years together (the irreplaceable items) is probably the hardest part.

Again, ALOHA AND MAHALO for your connection and contribution to reestablishing our lives. We thought the move TO Hawai’i was a challenge with a 40’ container and brand new land. Downsized to a dozen grocery bags will offer a whole new challenge. If you want to keep up with our adventure watch our blog; it won’t be updated as frequently, and we may not reply as often as we’d like, but know that we DO appreciate every outreach and connection to friends and loved ones.

As Phil had only 15 minutes to evacuate he did not grab our phone book or passwords or addresses – we need to reassemble all that. For now you can still use our address as our PO is holding mail where we can get it.

Phil and Lunel
haysmer@sonic.net
www.haysmerhawaii.blogspot.com

13-3543 Luana Street
Pahoa, HI 96778
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Thank you so much for all of your donations! The community support is so wonderful!
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Lost Everything in Leilani Lava has reached 55% of its goal. Thanks to Pfister, Anne and Ron.
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$11,990 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 5 months
Created May 9, 2018
Astra Burke
on behalf of Philip and Lanell Haysmer
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