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Ho'okena Beach Information Update for September 28th, 2020

Fundraising efforts underway to help the Ho'okena Beach family of three who lost everything in a residential structure fire on Saturday, September 26th, 2020.

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

A Ho'okena Beach family of three is displaced following a residential structure fire that broke out on the morning of Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at Ho'okena Beach. The family of three were all able to safely evacuate the structure prior to becoming fully engulfed and later collapsing. All three family members were uninjured and did not require further medical treatment and transport.

The Ho'okena Beach family had lost everything in the fire, which according to the Hawaii Fire Department (HFD), the structure was declared a total loss and also destroyed several vehicles on the property. Some of the items lost in the fire included a laptop for school work and clothing.

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page to help collect monetary donations for the family (also includes information on how you can help the family in other ways):


Details on the incident (Updated as of September 28th, 2020):

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) is the scene of a residential structure fire in the area of Ho'okena Beach in South Kona reported on Saturday morning (September 26th).

The initial call came in at 9:34 am Saturday morning and HFD crews from the Captain Cook, Keauhou, and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, volunteers from the Kalaoa Mauka, Kona Paradise, and Ocean View stations, and HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located mauka (mountainside) of Ho'okena Beach on Ho'okena Beach Road.

Preliminary details received numerous reports of black smoke visible through the South Kona area (Honaunau, Ho'okena, and Waiea) and one report stated a residence (described as a two-story single-family dwelling) at Ho'okena Beach was fully engulfed and numerous vehicles at the residence were fully engulfed. Two occupants in the structure at the time of the fire had safely evacuated and suffered no injuries from the fire.

When HFD crews arrived at the scene, immediately found the structure fully engulfed and had later collapsed due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. At about 10:07 am Saturday morning, HFD crews had the fire under control and contained it to the property the residence resided on. They were completing wet-down operations and overhauling the remnants of the residence.

Due to limited water supply at the scene, HFD crews utilized multiple Type I Engines and also utilized tankers and brush truck units from the volunteers to shuttle water to the scene from a water supply source at the top of Ho'okena Beach Road.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and caused an estimated $326,000 in damage to the structure and several vehicles.

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