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Block Family & Business Diplaced

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Raised by 224 people in 3 months
If you know us or have been our guest at our Bed & Breakfast or one of our devoted customers from Peace of Kauai/Hawaii Ocean Trends, then you know we do every thing with our whole heart.  Thursday afternoon our lives and world were changed in an instant.  While headed home to begin thinking about preparing to evacuate due to the Possibility of a Volcanic Eruption,  soon after arriving we were bombarded by a strong smell of Volcanic Gas. It got stronger quickly until we were choking on it.    We grabbed what ever we could, including our 4 dogs and  in 10 minutes got baby in the truck and got out of there as soon as we possibly could. All the while one street below us Lava had bursted through the road fountaining 150 ft in the air with the first of what is now several eruptions in our beloved neighborhod and home of 33 years.  Our home was not only our life’s effort, dream and  safe haven but also Home to our Three Businesses.  Every thing other than some clothes and baby essentials was left behind.  Yesterday we found out we cannot return for the remainder of our belongings, business good including our loved cats.  Because our home represented all of our sources of income we find ourselves not only without a home but completely out of work.  Our plan today is to apply for what ever temporary financial assistance is available as well as begin looking for office space for my Private Practice so that we may hopefully bring back our source of income as quickly as possible.  Until then we so humbly and with great vulnerability ask for your support to help us through until we can regain our footing.  We have been overwhelemed by the love and offers of help and support coming from friends and family.  We have been incredibly fortunate to be provided shelter by Josh's Aunt & Uncle and little iokua is adjusting to his new temporary home away from home.  Anything helps.  Financial or even  donated goods, ideas & prayers.  Mahalo from Josh, Colleen & Iokua.

 *This is Joshua, Colleen & iokua bear Block, raising funds for our family of 3 to get thru this crisis.  We lived on Malama & Kaupili of the Leilani Estates Subdivision.  We plan to utilize raised funds to pay bills and pay for living expense rent/utlities/food/shelter and baby needs until income can be restored.  We plan to give any additional raised funds not spent back to the Leilani community where it is needed.
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Thank you every one again and again for your continued love, prayers and support.
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Aloha ~*~
It's been 2 months and some change since we left our home in Leilani Estates. It doesn't look like we will be returning any time soon. We are staying in a rental in Keaau along with my dad (Bill who was also living in Leilani Estates). We hope to receive some rental support from FEMA but that is uncertain at this time. Sadly our Home Owners Insurance is not providing any support/relief as the home still stands which excludes us from help. Our home continues to be inaccessible and uninhabitable. We were able to find Baby Boy our orange kitty due to the tremendous animal rescue efforts happening here. He is well and slowly adjusting. Sky (our other kitty) remains missing. We sadly don't know if we will be able to keep all our animals as they were really a part of having a home out in the country. We are considering re-homing under the right conditions of course. Nelly our sweet doggy has been re-homed to CANADA! Our old neighbor is now providing her a life better than even the one she left in Leilani. We are so incredibly grateful for this. Michele her new owner came from Canada to retrieve her with the efforts of a (Save Nelly the Leilani Lava Dog -Go fund me). We continue to be so amazed and inspired by the support and love of this community. Currently we are watching and waiting with angst and endless hope for Pohoiki Beach Park. This place is special to us and so many and is a large part of why we chose Leilani as our home/neighborhood. It's hard to imagine what will be left when this is all said and done and the tremendous uncertainty of it all makes planning very difficult. So were left with the experience and what we make of it. So far it has given us lesson after lesson in patience, the importance of friendship/community, feeling it all, impermanence & most of all RADICAL ACCEPTANCE. Little io continues to grow and thrive despite it all & we are continually gifted with his natural way of keeping us in the moment.

With all our love & Gratitude,

-Colleen, Josh & io bear
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So far our home still stands it is just not accessible. If you are looking at maps we are on Malama between kaupili and hookupu both of which have breakouts. We are by no means in the worse shape as there are so many others. We have not returned since we left since it has not been safe to do so, however we have not lost hope.
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Aloha All. Thank you. We just returned from trying to see if we could return home to get the cats and maybe some belongings. We were denied entry because of the location of our house and the danger. Some our risking it but we have too much too lose. We are praying and trusting that our cats know what to do. Wise animals do and these are three wise cats. The community is hurting so so deep. Please do all you can for your fellow human being there will be other drives popping up for the entirety of the community. Please help if you have it to give in any way. Thank you
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