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On Wednesday Sept. 12th the center of Tropical Storm Olivia passed directly over remote Honokohau Valley on Maui, dropping an insane amount of water and completely flooding the valley.
Kapule and Cori live in the deepest point in Honokohau on very special land. They have been working for the past few years to restore taro patches originally created by ancient Hawaiians. They harvest honey from several bee hives on their property. They harvest pohole fern from the land. They are fully off the grid, using solar power, at times a generator, as well as preparing to go Hydro-electric, using the power of the river. All of their water comes directly from the river they live near. They are constantly working the land, growing their own food, prepping more land to be used as growing space. They have been working extremely hard to restore this sacred land from overgrown jungle back to a working farm. Tropical Storm Olivia literally erased all of that. Just weeks earlier an even larger storm, a hurricane in fact, passed within miles of Maui, and even though it was a bigger storm, the water in the river never came above the banks close to where they live. Olivia though, caused flash flooding. The flash flood happened so quickly that Kapule barely had enough time to leash their two dogs and get out of the house before it was surrounded by water. Kapule and Cori lost all of their exterior buildings including the shed with all their tools they have been using to build their home, their exterior bathroom building which also housed the washer and dryer, even their water pipe that brought them clean water from over a mile up-river was wiped out. Their entire property was flooded. They lost all of their bee hives.
Parts of the road that lead to their property were wiped out. Heavy machinery will be needed to repair and restore the road. All of this will take time, manpower and money. If you have the time and ability to connect with these guys and help them out please do. If you don’t, please consider making a donation to their cause. Not only will all of the belongings they lost need to be replaced, but the time spent cleaning and clearing debris means lost work hours. In short, they need our help.
Please join us in supporting these two wonderful people get things back to normal as quickly as possible. I know we can pull together as friends and ohana to pool funds and help them get back on their feet. If we pool our funds together I’m positive we can meet the set goal. Even $5, $10, $20 will add up. If you feel more comfortable, you can leave an anonymous donation. Again, even the smallest donation will help.
Please join Chris and I in helping our very dear friends, two of the best people we know. Our most sincere mahalos.
-Chris and Shima Behrend
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