Couple returns to Leilani Estates with grief and hope
By Dennis Oda
July 11, 2018
Updated on July 11, 2018 at 4:10 pm
After loading up their two vehicles, Mick and Ann Kalber (in their cars on the far side of the gate) wait for the gate to be unlocked by either USGS or sentries who have the keys, so they can leave. Mark Landers, a resident not in the mandatory evacuation zone, stands on the barrier to see if anyone is down the road.
Renowned volcano videographer Mick Kalber and his wife Ann go to their home on Kupono St. in Leilani Estates to remove their last few personal items, as they are in the mandatory evacuation zone.
Ann Kalber surveys their property with most of the vegetation dead or dying. In the back are dead ohia trees and the new lava field beyond that. Their home is near fissure 8 that is still erupting lava.
Mick Kalber retrieves a push broom and rubber boots that he said you can always use.
Mick Kalber, left, and Mack Edwards shake hands with a hug. Edwards is helping Kalber remove some of his personal items. Edwards also lives in Leilani Estates. His home is still standing, but is completely surrounded by lava.
Ann Kalber, left, slowly drives out her car to the street where the ground is littered with dead plants and many light weight pieces of lava. Her husband, Mick, loads their picnic table into a trailer, at right.
Mick and Ann Kalber stand in their empty living room. They had taken most of their belongings earlier. They hope the lava doesn't take their dream home away so they can return.
Mick Kalber leaves his now vacant dream home with a few remaining personal items.
Mick Kalber locks up the gate to their entrance after he and his wife, Ann, drove their cars out with their belongings.
Mick and Ann Kalber give each other a kiss as they lock up the gate to their drive way to their home, which is near fissure 8.