Each day as the recovery efforts continue in Puna, we hear stories on the unsung heroes who are helping the residents dig out from the devastation caused by Iselle. Here's just a few of the many offering their kokua.
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Andy Leo is a happy man after he was able to get out of his house. Thanks to friends and strangers, who stepped in to help Puna residents trapped in their homes, they used a mini excavator to remove a payloader that blocked Leo's front door.
"As we got to the other subdivisions it was shocking to see how hard it was hit," said Leo.
Olivia and Ryan Kekipi own Ryan's Towing. They first used their equipment to help out relatives and then decided to help others.
"We've got our low bed, our trailers [and] our tow trucks. We've been moving trees by pulling on the side," said Leo. "We've got so many other families involved. People in the subdivision themselves come out and help cut the trees and we use the big equipment to move the trees along the side to help people get out of their homes."
Kekipi says their volunteer work crew has grown and many other Big Island residents and companies have stepped into help. But, he says more is needed.
"Yes lots more. I believe there are still people trapped in their homes and whatever anybody can give, every little bit helps. We are grateful for everyone who has come out to help and made a donation small or large," said Leo.
Olivia Kekipi says if you want to help, contact Ryan K services. She says what they really need to speed things along is manpower with chainsaws to cut up huge albezia trees. It will make it easier to move the trees.