Kapolei family tries to help family stuck in typhoon aftermathUPDATED 10:41 PM HST Nov 15, 2013Video Transcript
The enormity of the damage is hard to fathom - each of those 36-hundred lives lost carries a story. For a Kapolei family - the loss is incredible personal. 7 of their relatives died in the storm - but they've had little time to grieve. KITV4's Brenton Awa is here to tell us about how their trying to help other family members, now stuck in the aftermath. Brenton? Yunji -- this family's been hit hard ...losing so many relatives, and now in fight to save the survivors. NATS "...mother crying." If tears could heal -- the struggle this family faces -- would disappear. But they can't and -- the pain is overwhelming. NATS "...sister crying." This family is desperate for any news from family members in Tacloban... And each update is heart wrenching... 15:51 "RIGHT NOW WE ARE DESPARATE FOR OUR NEPHEW TO COME." These sisters didn't want to go public with their story. But felt they had to, because they need help so badly, after losing 7 family members in Typhoon Haiyan. 935 - 941 "MY HEART IS BLEEDING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I WAS THINKING THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER." This photo was posted on facebook -- just hours before their relatives were killed. Maribel and Myla had two sisters in Tacloban -- one eight months pregnant -- with 5 nieces and a nephew who took shelter in the bottom floor of a hotel. 1240 - B "SHE ASKED ME CAN YOU HEAR IT, THE VERY STRONG WIND AND I SAID YEA AND GOT CUT OFF AGAIN I DIDN'T KNOW THAT WAS THE TIME WHEN THE STORM WAS RIGHT THERE." And then she says -- a surge of water swept her family away. 1124 "THE DOOR WAS OPEN AND EVERYBODY DROWNED." But there is still some hope: their 15 year old nephew Jacob made it out alive. As did two of their cousin, and their brother, who is now struggling to survive in the aftermath of the storm. 16:02 - B "HE SAID HE CAN'T SLEEP, HE'S JUST THINKING ABOUT WHAT HE SAW OVER THERE, HIS SISTERS, OUT THERE AND ..." Myla Onellion will be catching a flight out to the Philippines tomorrow. She's hoping to help her surviving family members relocate to better parts of the country. The family's also trying bring back their orphaned nephew but they need help finding a way to do that. They've set up a Maurillo family memorial fund -- You can donate at any Bank of Hawaii.