Butler Family Lava Fire Fund
Home Destroyed by Lava — Leilani Estates, Big Island Hawaii
This morning, Saturday, May 5, 2018, the my parents lost their home in the volcanic eruption that is currently devastating Leilani Estates on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.
From all indications the house is an entire loss. They were only able to take a couple of days worth of clothing, and their pets when the evacuated Thursday afternoon.
Video of home being destroy by lava - May 5, 2018
Now they have start over and rebuild their lives, which is why we are asking for help.
My parents are retired, and on a fixed income. It could be months, or even years before any insurance claims are settled, and they do not know if there will be any support on the State or Federal level.
In addition having to replace the items they lost, they will also have to find a new place to live. Very likely they will have to rent a home for the foreseeable future, while continuing to pay the mortgage for their destroyed home.
Photo of Larry and Geri Butler.
I am asking you to please open your hearts in aiding the family with any amount of donation you can provide at this time to help with their immediate needs of replacing clothing, furniture, and settling them in long-term housing.
Please share as much as you can, every penny counts. And to help me get the word out, you can share my link to your Facebook Timeline.
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But nerves are calming, and they have a couple of pieces of furniture arriving today, so they will have a little bit of comfort to enjoy.
As always, my family and I cannot express how much we appreciate your kindness and generosity. It's amazing how wonderful people can be.
I'm on Maui right now, and waiting for the next leg of my flight, so I thought now would be a good time to send out an update.
Finally, I have some good news to share. Mom and dad have been able to find a house to rent, so their long-term housing needs are taking hold. They will have get some of the basics for the house, but at least they know where they are going to be for a while.
I can definitely detect a little relief in their voices when I talk to them—which makes me feel a whole lot better.
More updates to come once I get to the Big Island.
Again—thank you to everyone who has helped to support my parents with their donations. It is truly amazing to see how great people can be in moments of crisis.
There isn't much change to report right now. Mom and dad are dealing with insurance, and looking for long-term housing. They have had a few leads for housing, so I'm hoping that one of them works out for them today.
I've been in touch with the man who had recorded the video of the house when the lava moved through. He was able to go back to the area, and I cannot believe what the scene is like today. I hardly recognize anything. Had it just been a fire, there would still be familiar landmarks to recognize. Now there is nothing recognizable left of the property. I've attached a photo to this update to show what it looks like.
I'll be flying out on Saturday to join my parents, and provide some support. I'm not sure what I can accomplish while I'm there, but at least I'll have them near me.
Hopefully there will be some good news to share soon. I'll post another update once I get to the Big Island and have a chance to reunite with my parents.
And again... thank you everyone. My faith in people is reaffirmed after this.