For the first time in nearly 22 years, Hawaii was faced with the threat of not one, but two hurricanes, back-to-back, during the first week of August 2014 ─ Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. By the time both storms hit Hawaii on August 8 and 9, they had significantly weakened and were downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status. Even so, as Tropical Storm Julio approached the southern and eastern regions of Hawaii’s Big Island, it was still packing 90 mph winds. The storms caused flash flooding, wind damage and downed trees, especially in the small, agricultural communities on the Big Island. After much prayer and consideration, the KCM Disaster Relief team decided to take a small, two-man crew and head to Hawaii’s Big Island to check on the 168 KCM Partners who call Hawaii home. The team’s main focus was to find the 57 Partners who live in the most affected regions. Although damage was not severe and no lives were lost, many people in these regions were without power and running water for weeks following the storm, causing them a great deal of personal loss. It is always a blessing for the Disaster Relief team to knock on the doors of our Partners’ homes, and it was amazing for these Partners all the way in Hawaii to know that KCM had not forgotten them ─ no matter where they were.
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