Kilauea Disaster Relief - Lori and Max

Kilauea Disaster Relief - Lori and Max

From Logan Holdaway

My mom and stepdad have been displaced due to volcanic activity around their home in Hawaii. The disaster has placed a major toll on their health and finances. Now they depend on God's daily provision to get through.

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Near the end of April the Kilauea volcano of Hawaii, the most active volcano in the world, began to create fissures in the residential area of Leilani Estates, sending lava flowing into the residential area. Homes have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people have been displaced.

Two of those people are my mother and step-father, Lori and Max Maximenko. They own a small business on the island called LOMAX. Their trade is installing and renovating windows and doors, however, their rental house along with their shop have been swallowed up by lava and debilitating heath concerns have also arisen, likely inflamed by the stress they are undergoing. (Visit their website at or their Facebook page.)

The natural disaster has taken a toll on them and their finances. It is also threatening the land they bought to build a home on. To help them during this difficult time I've decided to create this fundraiser. Will you consider lending a helping hand? The money that is raised in this campaign will go directly toward helping them pay for their utilities and other essential expenses until August.

Their greatest need, housing, has been met by a couple who has graciously offered to allow them to live in their vacation rental until that time. They are staying in the vacation home free of rent, but need to pay for gas, water, garbage, insurance, etc. Our prayer is that, by August the volcanic activity will have subsided and they will be able to go back to life as normal or the Lord will provide a more permanent solution. Your prayers and financial support during this time would greatly relieve the stress they feel due to being displaced.

Update: As of May 30, though the lava has entered their property, the house they were building is still standing. In fact, it stopped just short of gobbling the rudimentary structure. You can see it in the following images.

Notice the small structure amid the land that has been cleared in the bottom right corner of this image. That is my parent's property and the frame of their future house.

This image maps the lava flow. The black box is my parent's property and the orange area is the lava. The smaller box inside the black box is where their house sits. God's providence has willed that it stand thus far. We pray the lava will go no further.

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