KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Red Cross workers say 14 displaced Kalihi Valley residents, including two children, took shelter at its disaster relief shelter established at Kalihi Valley District Park Thursday night. Volunteers provided them with facilities, sleeping cots and food and drinks.
The residents were among an estimated 50 people who live along Kula Kolea Place who had to be evacuated from their homes, as a precautionary measure, after several large boulders crashed down onto at least three properties that are situated along the mountain around 9 p.m. Thursday night.
According to fire officials, two homes were seriously damaged while a third suffered minor damage. A daylight assessment of the homes and area is expected to be conducted to determine whether there is any further property damage and if it's safe for the residents to return home.
Fire Captain Terry Seelig said Thursday night, that no one was seriously hurt.
Daniel Furuya, a roommate who lives at 2408 Kula Kolea Place, said debris fell on his back after the boulder came crashing through the house and missed him by about three feet.
"I just had gone to lie down and reached over to turn on the light to plug in my phone and it was like, 'boom,' like someone had dropped a bomb," described Furuya. "I could feel the whoosh of something passing by me and then the next thing I know, pieces of the roof collapsed onto my lower body and my back," he added. "Thankfully it wasn't heavy pieces of mostly splinters because one of the pieces had bounced and caused several holes in the roof and it just all came down."
City officials with the Department of Emergency Management will hold a briefing for the affected residents on how they'll proceed in determining who owns the land, damage assessment measures, future mitigation efforts and more importantly, when they may be able to return to their properties.
We'll have more on this story on Hawaii News Now at 5 p.m.