Unsung heroes step up to help Puna residentsUPDATED 7:13 PM HST Aug 12, 2014Video Transcript
Each day as we watch the recovery efforts going on in Puna.... we hear the stories on the unsung heroes--- who are helping the resident dig out from the devastation caused by Iselle.. Here's just a few of the many offering their kokua. 28-32 :08-:25 MORE HELP! TO THE RESCUE! THIS IS FROM FRIENDS THAT HAAVE THIS MINI EXCAVATOR AND THEY'RE GOING TO PRO BONO US AND THEY WILL GET US OUT. :50- 1;08 I'M ANDY LEO AND THIS IS MY WIFE PATRICIA. OUR ENTRANCE IS RIGHT WHERE THAT PAYLOADER WENT IN AND UP UNTIL ABOUT TWO HOURS AGO YOU couldnt GET IN . WE HAVENT BEEN UT SINCE THE STORM HIT. Andy Leo a happy man tonight. Able to get out of his house. Thanks to friends--- and strangers who have stepped in to help Puna residents trapped in their homes. 1:46-1;54 phoner AS WE GOT TO THE OTHER SUBDIVISIONS IT WAS SHOCKING TO SEE HOW HARD IT WAS HIT. Olivia and Ryan Kekipi own Ryan's Towing. They first used their equipment to help out relatives and then decided to help others. 2;01-2:22 phoner WE'VE GOT OUR LOWBED, OUR TRAILERS OUR TOW TRUCKS WE'VE BEEN MOVING TREES BY PULLING ON THE THE SIDE. RYAN TOO KIS EXCAVATOR, CHAIN SAWS. WE'VE GOT SO MANY OTHER FAMILIES INVOLVED PEOPLE IN THE SUBDIVISON 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 says so many other big island residents and companies have stepped into help. But says more is needed. 5:12-5:24 phoner YES LOTS MORE I BELIEVE THERE'S STILL PEOPLE TRAPPED IN THEIR HOMES AND WHATEVER ANYBODY CNA GIVE EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS COME OUT TO HELP AND MADE A DONATION SMALL OR LARGE. Olivia Kekipi says if you want to help.. Contact Ryan K services. She says what they really need to speed things along is man power with chain saws to cut up those huge albezia trees... Making it easier to move them.