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Community members show outpouring of support for HFD battling west side fires

Oahu residents have been showing an outpouring of support for Waianae firefighters. (Image: Cliff Laronal) Oahu residents have been showing an outpouring of support for Waianae firefighters. (Image: Cliff Laronal)
Oahu residents have been showing an outpouring of support for Waianae firefighters. (Image: Cliff Laronal) Oahu residents have been showing an outpouring of support for Waianae firefighters. (Image: Cliff Laronal)
Residents have donated an array of good including gatorade, bottled water, and granola bars. (Image: Cliff Laronal) Residents have donated an array of good including gatorade, bottled water, and granola bars. (Image: Cliff Laronal)
WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii residents are donating goods in droves in a show of support for the firefighters who have been battling the treacherous west side brush fires since Saturday.

“It really helps the guys," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Scot Seguirant. "When they’re out there working hard and they come back, and they find out that what’s there is actually from the community, that’s awesome. It makes you feel the love and makes you continue to do your job well.”

The two fires — in Waianae Valley and Makaha Valley — have scorched a combined 8,800 acres of land on the Leeward Coast.

So far dozens of Oahu residents, both adults and children, have dropped off items at the Waianae Fire Station, including donations of bottled water, Gatorade, fresh fruit, and granola bars, among other items.

“I want everyone to know that our community is amazing. We had guys climbing the mountain to give firefighters water. That’s how amazing there were. They were up there handing out water," said Maili resident Renee Kawelo.

"That’s one thing this community, the west side, really comes together to help out each other. They may not have a lot, but what they have, they share and give," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

When the amount of donations began to pile up, Nanakuli resident Cliff Laronal and some of his friends were able to help organize the donations.

The group is also looking for help putting together hot meals for firefighters, as well as a crew of about 30 people with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, who are fighting the fire farther up Waianae Valley Road.

Those wanting more information on how to help can call Renee at 808-953-8919, Noe at 808-861-3122, or Maranda at 808-861-0874.

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