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Major rockslide cuts off road to West Maui neighborhood

Families in Kauaula Valley in Lahaina are trapped after heavy rains (image: Lauren Kahealani Kang) Families in Kauaula Valley in Lahaina are trapped after heavy rains (image: Lauren Kahealani Kang)
Driveway swept away by river (image: Ku'ulei Alcomindras-Palakiko) Driveway swept away by river (image: Ku'ulei Alcomindras-Palakiko)
Friends and family delivering supplies to residents trapped in Kaua'ula Valley (image: Ku'ulei Alcomindras-Palakiko) Friends and family delivering supplies to residents trapped in Kaua'ula Valley (image: Ku'ulei Alcomindras-Palakiko)
Friends and family delivering water to residents in Kauaula Valley (image: Ku'ulei Alcomindras-Palakiko) Friends and family delivering water to residents in Kauaula Valley (image: Ku'ulei Alcomindras-Palakiko)
LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

West Maui residents in Kauaula Valley woke up to massive boulders outside their front doors on Wednesday morning and no way get out.

"Our road was gone, completely gone. This, I think, it forever has changed even the way the river looks. It is absolutely disastrous," said resident Mark Palakiko.

Heavy rains Tuesday into Wednesday caused the river near their home to overflow and sweep away a driveway. Palakiko said the stream rose above 10 feet.

"We're stuck in here, all our vehicles are stuck in here. My brother has one truck outside because he was stuck out last night when this was all happening. But we've been having a lot of family and friends bring a lot of water," he said.

Palakiko said about a dozen families live in the valley, which is above Lahaina between Launiupoko and Lahainaluna High School. 

Currently, they don't have any running water and the water from the river is dirty. Therefore, family and friends from outside are hand-carrying supplies in across a make-shift bridge.

"Climbing across all the rocks, I actually had a little bridge made. I put a two-by-four across so we could actually cross it and everybody was passing waters, just one by one bringing everything in," Palakiko said.

The Red Cross opened a shelter at Lahaina Civic Center and volunteers said about 26 people, mainly visitors, came by.

'Some of them were, I don't want to say shaken up, but they were concerned. I don't think when people come to Maui, because we have such good weather normally, they expect it. So they were kinda surprised," said volunteer Jim Jackson.

The Palakikos are hoping their lives will be back to normal soon.

"We don't even know where to start in repairing that road. That road is beyond the scope of machinery we have. We need some kind of heavy duty excavator with a claw because the boulders are just so enormous. There's no way we could do it just with our little backhoes."

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