They're not a government agency, but they're helping Kauai's flood-ravaged families

They're not a government agency, but they're helping Kauai's flood-ravaged families

HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - At first it was a group that came together organically after the historic Kauai flood two months ago.

"We had to name our group. We didn't have a name. We're like we are just the families," said volunteer Koral McCarthy.

Now named Halale'a Moku Ohana, volunteers operate out of the Hanalei Courthouse giving out donated supplies serving as a communications hub and connecting non-profits and government.

McCarthy started a GoFundMe with support from Kauai surfer Laird Hamilton and his wife, Gabby Reece. After a quarter million dollars was raised for the Hanalei to Haena Flood Relief, $500 checks were distributed to 500 families in need.

"People would start crying. They were emotional," said McCarthy.

"It was a breath of fresh air for a lot of people. It would blow your mind how $500 can change someone's week, month. It's paying their basic bills, their electric water and gas.

But for Kauai's flood ravaged North Shore, the road to recovery is long and grueling.

"We had a man come in yesterday who is still sleeping on couches with his wife and they can get back their yet. There are lot of those things happening and lot of debris," she said.

Some volunteers are rebuilding their homes and their own lives, but remain dedicated to the group.

"I can't walk away from it because there is still such a need and the blessings that we have received just watching our community connect," said volunteer Megan Wong.

"It's an amazing beautiful spot that I would do anything for. I would lay down my life for this place, easy," said volunteer Hoku Cabebe.

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