Fire destroys HSTA chief's childhood home in Waianae
Two women and a man are homeless after flames ripped through their Waianae home Saturday night.
Wil Okabe, the president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, told Hawaii News Now that it was his childhood home.
Officials say the two-alarm blaze on Puhawai Road started around 7:00 p.m. First arriving companies found heavy smoke and flames engulfing the single-story structure.
Okabe said his mother, sister and brother-in-law were living at the house. His sister, a teacher at Waianae Elementary, lost of a lot her work, including her lesson plans and her computer, in the blaze.
He also said his mother was in a state of shock after the fire. The home was on chrysanthemum farm land, about 700 yards away from the main road.
Damages are estimated at $370,000, and the home is considered a total loss.
Fire officials are classifying the cause as undetermined.