Potential Rockslides Threaten Safety Of Mililani Family

Tom Perruso
Tom Perruso

(KHNL) - A Mililani man is worried about the safety and lives of his family. It's because of a steep hillside behind his home, filled with boulders.

"It's a very, very scary situation," said Tom Perruso. "I've seen in the news and in papers that people have been killed by falling boulders here, and I don't wanna be a cover story."

After heavy rains, landslides have happened behind both of his neighbors homes. Perruso believes it's only a matter of time before rocks come tumbling down the steep hill behind his.

"I just wanna have a good nights sleep, and know that a boulder's not gonna fall and crush my house, my daughter, or the neighbors," said Perruso.

He called an engineer to survey the hillside, to see if it was safe. In a preliminary examination, the engineer found three concerns -- erosion, landslides and the possibility of boulders falling.

Executives at landowner Towne Realty declined to be interviewed, but provided KHNL documents from their engineers.

Those documents acknowledged that erosion will happen, but a trap or retaining wall, which was installed, should be enough to catch any falling boulders.

"It may be wrong, it may be right, and only time will tell," said Perruso.

Legally, there's nothing Perruso can do. In homeowner's documents, there's a section that addresses potential injury from falling rocks or debris. It says the buyer of the home assumes all risk.

Perruso says in a perfect world, he'd like a cable fence installed on the hillside. However, that fence would cost $125,000 to install. It's money Perruso doesn't have, but even if he did, he wouldn't have the authority to do it because it is on Towne Realty's land.

"I don't want money," said Perruso. "I just want to make sure that my family's safe."