One year later: Kalihi Valley resident still recovering from rockfall

Kalihi Valley rockfall

A 150-pound boulder came down the hillside Monday night, prompting state engineers to inspect the area. They say there aren’t any more loose boulders in the vicinity but there could be more from higher up. The state says it’s up to the landowner to inspect that area. A church that used to own the land has recently sold it so the state is still trying to track down who owns the land now.

“We’ve been through it already so now it’s like well, and we just got the roof up so we’re all ahh,” Kula Kolea Place resident John Maemori said.

Resident Maemori is frustrated after his house got the worst of it last year when massive boulders crashed down the hillside. One of them went through his roof and landed on the kitchen floor. Two other houses were also damaged.

“Bounced, bounced and hit the patio area down there, bounced on the street and landed in the neighbor’s yard,” Maemori said.

Maemori feels if the landowner isn’t willing to step up and make the hillside safer, the residents have to come up with a way to do it.

“We as neighbors, we’re gonna try to get together and get something up there, whether it be a fence or brush or something, at least there’s some kind of protection,” Maemori said.

He’s hoping others in the community are willing to help. In the meantime, he’s still trying to get his house back in shape.

“We still gotta fix the kitchen, we have no electricity in one side of the house and we have no kitchen sink,” Maemori said.

It’s been a trying year for him and his roommates, but they manage, even keeping a sense of humor about the whole thing by putting this trampoline on the roof.

“If another boulder does come down we’re gonna bounce it back-laughs,” Maemori said.

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