Kapolei family heads to Philippines to find parents

Kapolei family heads to Philippines to find parents

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Leanne Redona clutches her cell phone.  She is waiting to hear from her husband.

George Redona, his brother and sister left for the Philippines early Wednesday morning, hoping to rescue their 78-year old parents who live in Tanuan, near Tacloban in the Philippines.  It was one of the hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

"We still don't know how they're doing," says Leanne, who hasn't heard from her husband since he took off.

The group hopes their parents are strong enough to come back to Hawaii.

"We are worried their food is running out," said George Redona when we interviewed him Monday.  "My dad suffered a stroke last year, so he's not really mobile."

They made plans that night and caught the first flight out Wednesday.

George posted on his Facebook page, "I'm going to the Philippines to get my mom and dad out of the country and bring them back to the states.  Pray for my safety and guidance."

A risky move, but one, Leanne says they had to do.

"It's hard to prepare for something you don't know, you just hope and pray that it goes well," she says.

The group didn't take a lot of food, water, or medicine with them because they are worried about looters.   Friends in the Philippines have told them that desperation is making people violent.

While we were interviewing her, she read a Facebook message from someone, who was able to get out of the typhoon-ravaged city.   The message gave Leanne hope, that people are able to get in, and more importantly, out of Tanuan.

We will continue to track the Redona family's progress in the Philippines and bring you updates on the air and online.

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