State land board calls emergency meeting over boulder threat

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Apr 20 2012 07:10:01 AM HST

After six boulders rolled down a mountain damaging a number of Kalihi Valley homes, the state land board held an emergency meeting to try and deal with the hillside threat.

HONOLULU -

Kalihi residents are still fearful one week after boulders fell damaging four homes.

The state land board called an emergency meeting on Friday to see if something can be done to help the Kalihi Valley residents.
Deborah Moreria-Vicarisaid she is on edge.

She's been told there are six more boulders on the hillside that could threaten the homes on her street.

"I'm scared. I am trying to be brave, but I am cooking and I think what is that noise? We are all terrified," said Deborah Moreria-Vicari.

The 30-year Kalihi resident helped go door-to-door collecting signatures and organizing a meeting with the governor's office Monday to plea for help.

She showed us a boulder that fell, breaking her sidewalk and louvres on a bedroom window.

The pastor of the church which owns the land where the boulders came from

said she felt the ground shake last Thursday night.

She was heartsick when she saw the boulders that damaged her neighbors’ homes.

"When I saw that, I said "Oh, my. That is from the church property," said Kahawai.

Kahawai's parents were the founders of the Church of Christ of the Redeemed of the Lord who bought the 10-acre parcel from another church group.

Kahawai said she has a congregation of about 40 members.

"We have our Sunday school and our worship service and on Sunday we have our young people's meeting in the evening," said Kahawai.

Neighbors say they don’t hold any ill-will against the church, and they understand it’s lack of funds to deal with the immediate threat of the unstable hillside.

In fact, the pastor went down to the governor’s office with the affected residents to plea for help.

"I don’t have the money, meaning the church. I speak on behalf of the church,

we don't have the funds," said Kahawai.

The church hopes if it can somehow get a loan, it can pay for the damaged homes and for any hillside stabilization or boulder removal.

In the meantime, the side street continues to draw onlookers like Pat Rivera, who came to check on a cousin who lives in the area.

"Someone could have gotten killed," said Rivera, who is a former Kallihi resident.

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