Unity af­ter storm

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMENTARY -

On the af­ter­noon of March 26, when our is­land was struck by a se­vere storm event, some of the worst dam­age hap­pened in the Hawai­ian Home­stead com­mu­nity of Pana‘ewa.

We had five homes re­ceiv­ing the brunt of the dam­age when this dan­ger­ous wind storm ripped through the neigh­bor­hood, tear­ing off roofs and twist­ing fences.

I want to rec­og­nize and thank all of our county first re­spon­ders, our county road crews un­der the lead­er­ship of Neil Azevedo, and the HELCO em­ploy­ees who stepped up and helped our com­mu­nity re­cover from the storm.

I want to give a very spe­cial ma­halo to Ise­moto Con­tract­ing for do­nat­ing roof­ing ma­te­ri­als, ply­wood and tarps to as­sist home­own­ers in Pana‘ewa.

I would es­pe­cially like to thank the fol­low­ing Ise­moto em­ploy­ees for vol­un­teer­ing their time: Lin­coln Kail­i­awa, Issac Kail­i­awa, Keone Oskins, Bryson Ban­gloy, Mark Ishii, Damien Silva, Paul Pankey, Caleb Pankey, Blaine Hi­malaya, Daniel Fer­nan­dezKekahu, Shaun Wehrsig, Dou­glas Eck­ert, Kalsey Nacis, John Ka­puni, Al­lan Paiva, Tris­tan Res­ur­rec­cion, Wes­ley Cabreros, Kolo Kanaele, Rancy Car­reira, Lorin Ta­mashiro and Thom­son Leialoha.

You are amaz­ing mem­bers of our com­mu­nity who showed up, put the aloha spirit into ac­tion, and served all of us with a re­minder that we are one is­land, one ‘ohana, and that com­mu­nity can al­ways come to­gether in unity.

Sue Lee Loy Hawaii County Coun­cil mem­ber

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