On Saturday, April 20, 2019, a fire at the Rainbow Place in Moiliili destroyed an apartment on the 21st floor. That was the apartment where my son lived. His unit is shown in the photos.
My son called me Saturday morning to tell me his friend called him while he was at work and told him his apartment was on fire. He didn't have much to tell me and as a Mom I went into panic mode. I quickly tried to find what information I could on the internet (I live on another island) and what I found was devastating. I watched in disbelief as videos captured showed my son's apartment completely engulfed in flames. Equally my heart sank for my son as he had not seen or heard anything else, he only knew there was a fire. By the time he arrived to his apartment building the fire was extinguished. I can only imagine what he must have felt knowing that EVERYTHING he owned was destroyed. The truth is, for him it hasn't completely sunken in. How does one come to grasp losing every personal item, every belonging, every item with sentimental value? I simply cannot fathom and I know, as his mother, he is still in total shock and the reality has not quite set in that all he has in this world is literally the clothes on his back.
In all honesty I'm not real sure how this GOFUNDME works. Did I put an amount too high? Too low? I cannot put a dollar value on rebuilding your life from the ground up. For him monies raised from this fundraiser will be to secure a new place to live, furnish it with the basics, clothing and basic hygiene items. I mean, he has absolutely nothing. He's been wearing his work clothes since Saturday and he's still having difficulty wrapping his head around this!
When I spoke to him again yesterday he said he was actually feeling under the weather on Saturday and contemplated calling out sick. He ended up going to work anyway. The horror of knowing he was one decision away from being home sick in the apartment to the moment the fire broke out. Would he have been able to escape? Would he have been able to put the fire out? Would he even be alive? As a parent, living on a different island, these are some devastating situations you never want to think of. And here it is. I am so glad that he decided to work on THIS particular day!!!
In closing I am humbly asking for anything you can donate. I would like my son to come home to Maui but he loves it there on Oahu. He would not be happy about creating a GOFUNDME account but I felt this was best way for him to get back on his feet. You know, he was more concerned about the other residents displaced in his building, the fact that there were no units above him, the elderly man (who recently passed away), his landlord, his employer than he was for his own welfare and well being. I only have the Mom things to offer. I thought this would help him to rebuild everything, literally from the ground up.
Much mahalo for any help you may offer.
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