Hawaii Shop Serves Puna Neighbors Affected by Eruptions

West Hawaii residents jumped into action when their Puna neighbors were forced from their homes in the wake of recent lava eruptions. There was no question or hesitation.

Several businesses in Kailua-Kona are acting as donation sites, where people can drop off items needed in the area. Truckloads of donations have been delivered to Puna residents since the first eruption May 3 in Leilani Estates.

Lava from a fissure slowly advanced to the northeast on Hoʻokāpu Street in Leilani Estates subdivision on Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on May 5, 2018.

One of the businesses collecting donations is Lex Brodie’s Fast Lube. Manager Joe Foglia said the business got involved because it was the right thing to do. So far, it has collected and delivered three pallets of goods.

“We’ll continue to do it until it’s no longer required and people can go home,” Foglia said.

The full story, by Tiffany Demasters, can be found at hawaiitribune-herald.com

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