Inita Kuresa Fonohema is just one resident of Lahaina, Hawaii, who recounted to Rebel News the horror of losing family members and her precious town on the island of Maui due to the deadly fire that broke out on August 8.
Lahaina is a town of approximately 13,000 people. Twelve days ago, a fire broke out in the area which turned the town upside down. Many lives were lost that day, with the death toll still undetermined.
Rebel News has been on the ground in Lahaina for a few days now, where it seems as if everyone we speak with has loved ones that are still missing or who have passed away.
Although the number of lives lost is still unknown, what we do know is that approximately 2,000 structures were destroyed that day. Of the structures ruined, 86% were residential properties.
The question that many people have is why no sirens were sounded on the day of the fire. Maui has tsunami sirens across the island, yet the only notification people received was a text message alert.
With billions of dollars worth of damage, it's going to be a long road ahead to get the locals of Lahaina back on their feet.
Inita Kuresa Fonohema is a resident of Lahaina. She shared with us the horrific story of family members being stuck in their car and ultimately being killed by the fire.
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Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the interviewee as Mālakamai Watson.