On Tuesday, August 8, my sister and her Ohana left their house in Lahaina, not knowing if it would be standing when they return. They found out on Wednesday that their house burned down due to the recent Lahaina fire, and that they lost everything.
Thank you SO much to everyone that has been reaching out to Kawika and Keri Kiesling, about how they can help out. I have felt led to put together this campaign, so that it can be a central place for people to see updates. Here is the back story, from Keri, posted on her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, 8/9/2023:
"We’ll be celebrating Kawika’s birthday on Friday. He said he wanted to go camping. Well, we were able to go on an unexpected camping trip last night. It was a beautiful night under the stars in Kapalua.
It was nice, but heartbreaking as well. The bits and pieces of information that we received was that Lahaina town was just about gone and that Wahikuli was on fire.
This morning when we woke up, we tried to go back home to see if our home was still standing. We got to Napili and decided to turn around since the traffic was so backed up. We ended up going back to Kapalua and saw our neighbors. Some of them had left to go check on our neighborhood.
We left and tried to look for our niece who we had tried to look for last night, but couldn’t find. When we couldn’t find her, we headed back to Kapalua. We checked back in with our neighbors and they said that our neighborhood was okay, except that our house and our neighbors house was gone. The shock of that news brought me to tears. The realization of the devastation of the fire finally hit. If the fire had reached our house, how many more houses and businesses had been lost???
Not having any form of communication was hard. Our phones stopped working yesterday afternoon which kept us even more on edge.
So many lives lost.
So many homes lost.
So many businesses lost.
So many places that held special memories lost.
So much history lost.
But, what I didn’t lose is my family! I didn’t lose my God! He has been with us through it all! He IS good and He IS God!!
We don’t know what our future holds. But, we know this, that God is in control and that He is our provider.
Prayers for the West Maui community would be so greatly appreciated!!!!!! We love you alll!!!"
As of right now, their immediate necessities are taken care of. They do have a long road in front of them, as they will need to rebuild. Their 2 older kids also lost their school. Kawika lost all his tools and equipment for his custom knife making business. So all of that will also need to be replaced. As of right now, they really don't have any idea of what they need, or how much. We'll update everyone as time goes on.
Thank you everyone for your generosity. We are so very grateful for how our Community of family and friends have reached out to us all. We love you all so very much!!