Breitwish Hawaii Volcano Lava Help

Mike,  Tammy, Terrance, Mike Jr, and Pat have been displaced from their home due to a new eruption from Mt Kilauea and lava tubes extending to sites within the subdivision in Leilani Estates; Pahoa, Hawaii. They have been experiencing 2.5 magnitude earthquakes hourly for a week which culminated in a 6.9 magnitude earthquake today.  1700+ residents have been forced to evacuate from Leilani Estates from 770 homes. These quakes have released a high level of sulfur dioxide gas.

According to Mike, the first break was about 2 miles away from their home. This lava tube break did not release enough pressure and there caused 4 more breaks back up the rift zone closer to their home. The nearest surface cracks are 4 lots away from their home. Mike explained they have 1 month of temporary housing with a family friend.

Mike and Tammy were married in 1997 and this caring couple moved to Hawaii in 2009 to be caretakers of Tammy's live-in relatives who have special needs as well as Mike & Tammy's son. They are large supporters of the Special Olympics of East Hawaii. 

Mike and Tammy had to take their pets to the Humane Society today as the temporary housing they have does not allow for their 2 dogs. The conditions are dire enough that they gave up their beloved family pets to be adopted out because they have no way to feed or house them now and in the upcoming weeks.

Mike is a graduate of 1986 class of Menomonee Falls High School, WI and further studied Digital Media and Design at Hawaii Community College. He was a resident of Menomonee Falls, Wi,  until 2001 when he moved to Stevens Point, WI.

Tammy Woerishhofer Breitwish graduated from Dominican High School in Milwaukee, WI in 1988. Tammy was a resident of Stevens Point from 2001 until 2009 when they made the decision to move to help her family out. Her mother Pat who lives with them just had open heart surgery and is currently in rehab but ready to come home. There is currently nowhere to come "home" to.

Their home is not accessible in the foreseeable future. The sulfur gasses are so bad in the neighborhood that the command posts set-up by the National Guard had to be pulled back. Mike couldn't return to the home to get his forgotten CPAP machine and they only had a week's worth of clothes and personal belongings. THEY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING THEY OWN RIGHT NOW-because they have no access.

Currently, Mike and his family do not know when they will be able to return to their home IF ever.  The lava tubes are under the homes on their street making any attempt to enter a dangerous risk. This development has devalued their home making it unsellable in the future and perhaps a total loss.

The last lava flowage from Mt Kilauea lasted almost 9 months on a different area of the island. Homeowners in the Leilani Estates had no expectation that their homes would be in danger.  

By contributing to this Go-Fund Me Page, you would be helping Mike and his family endure the costs of their displacement. They will now have to maintain their mortgage plus rent a home for 5 people of which 2 have special needs and one is in recovery from open heart surgery. They estimate the RENT costs to be between $1400 and $2000 per month and are seeking a place to live with no stairs as Pat cannot climb stairs in her current condition.

Please consider helping Mike and his family during this time. The world is falling apart around this compassionate family and yet they still remain upbeat about the terrible situation they are in.


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Rob Simek 
Raised $555 from 7 donations
Pahoa, HI
Kathleen Hildebrandt 
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