Amber Makuakane, an elementary school teacher and single mother of two who lost her home to the lava from the Kilauea volcano, is raising funds to rebuild.
Makuakane, a widow, evacuated Friday with three trash bags of clothes, two towels, three blankets, a cooler with food, a riding lawn mower, her kids’ bikes, a grill, and important documents, according to her GoFundMe.
Her house in Leilani Estates was completely consumed by the molten rock, she told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
More than $ 28,000 has so far been raised toward a $ 100,000 goal.
Makuakane, 37, was born, raised, and graduated from Pahoa, her GoFundMe said. Her children, Alana and Aaron, are 6 and 4 years old, and her husband died two years ago.
“They don’t really understand,” she said. “My son keeps asking me, ‘Mommy when are we going to go home?’“
Initially, when the volcanic fissure opened across from her home, Makuakane thought everything looked fine, despite steam rising from the yard. Later, she confirmed that everything was lost to the lava.