Puna News — Volunteer Efforts Really Showing at Nanawale Longhouse

By Le’a Gleason

On Saturday, Nanawale Longhouse was a bustling mecca of Iselle-related projects. Volunteers from community center staff and the public alike sorted food and toiletries donated by the The FoodBasket, small businesses, and private community members.

The center inventoried dozens of cases of ice, water, canned meat and vegetables, and other foods. The Gas Company was on-hand cooking barbecue plates and another group cooked spam and egg plates for breakfast. In the afternoon, another community member offered a fish-fry.

Several residents set up shop giving away homegrown fresh vegetables and homemade baked goods as well.

Disaster relief organization Team Rubicon, community member Kellie Swift and her change.org project, HECO, National Guard members, and Civil Defense were on-site Saturday as well.

Kellie manned a booth taking names of those with damaged homes or property who need help, and also managed a list of volunteers in order to send people where they are needed most.

More than 6000 pounds of ice was distributed to residents who pulled up to the road-side stop, where cars lined up down the street.

Coordinators stressed that efforts at the Longhouse are intended for all community members, not just those from Nanawale. They say people in need having been coming from Kapoho, Hawaiian Paradise Park, and even Hawaiian Acres.

The Longhouse will continue to give out supplies, water and ice through Sunday.

It is unknown how long they will continue into the week, although they say they will stay open as long as people continue to donate supplies.

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