National Guard steps up in Nanawale Estates

Published On: Aug 13 2014 05:43:41 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 13 2014 07:50:15 PM HST
PAHOA, Hawaii -

With their Humvees and big trucks, the Hawaii Air National Guard and Army National Guard troops maneuver heavily wooded terrain to patrol the homes in the isolated neighborhood Nanawale Estates.

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"We're providing security, helping in [preventing] looting and going house to house and seeing who needs help and assisting with the police department in just keeping law and order within the area," said Staff Sgt. Clinton Haina.

After hearing several reports of looting, 40 National Guard members will be providing security around the clock to area damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle.

They are going door to door to check on residents and to get reports of any suspicious activity.

"We're doing pretty good.  We're on the road.  This is our second day and people are on the road meeting us and giving us their problems.  Seeing vehicles.  Going back and forth.  People walking around two and three times," said Haina.  "They are getting suspicious so when they see us they come up to us giving us descriptions."

These guard members are not just helping out with security but conducting welfare checks.  Because so many of these homes have trees still on them, some residents are unable to or are scared to leave their homes unattended.

"It's to give them security with the power out.  No water.  They are looking for someone to help them. Somebody to give them some kind of hope. That there's somebody out there who cares," said Haina.

Just the presence and compassion gives these residents, already devastated by the storm, a peace of mind.

"I am so glad we're out and about because we're isolated out here.  This whole subdivision is isolated.  I was telling my family back home we live in the jungle," said Nanawale Estates resident Martha Brewer.  "We might have lights but we live in the jungle!"

Gov. Neil Abercrombie was also here touring the community center and ground assessment of the damage.  He says he is trying his hardest to file the correct declaration of emergency assistance to get those who have been affected get the help that they need.

Driving around, signs and large banners are up telling residents and voters about the special election coming up on Friday.

PHOTOS: Iselle storm damage, preps

Click here to see photos related to the storm.


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