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Kauai communities have more miles to go on the road to recovery

  • Video by Cindy Ellen Russell and Allison Schaefers / crussell@staradvertiser.com and aschaefers@staradvertiser.com

    Torrential rains flooded Kauai last April, causing massive flooding and landslides. A year later, some Kauai residents are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Juliet Akana and her son, Kekai, 14, poses for a portrait where flood waters inundated their Wainiha home. Akana crafts fine feather accessories and is a full-time caregiver to her autistic son. She continues to struggle with the disaster’s aftermath.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Local residents gathered at the Wainiha/Haena food pantry last month. The pantry has been open Thursdays since the flood. Princess Nelson, right, helped Michael Schermerhorn, left, bag his food.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Charles “Chipper” Wichman Jr., president of National Tropical Botanical Garden, notes a garden spot area that was swept away by the flood waters and is scheduled to be repaired at Limahuli Garden & Preserve.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Wainiha resident Pu‘ala Chandler recently stopped to chat on Powerhouse Road. Her family home was damaged by the floods of April 2018.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Family and friends gathered in the Pa‘ula Chandler family’s tent at Haena Beach Park last month. Some of the family has lived at the city park since the floods. Pictured are Louise Sausen, left, Kaleo Frank; Lily Lake, almost 9; Starbella Chandler, 10; and Talia Abubo, with her newborn, Ohia.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Megan Wong held Mauka, 3, as a boar approached her son, Kala‘ila‘ahia Kekoma, 6, along Powerhouse Road in Wainiha on March 20.

A year after devastating floods and landslides, Kauai communities still have a long way to go. Read more

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