Good Samaritans arrive

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard offers remarks on the arrival of the Samaritan’s Purse DC8 Wednesday while volunteers work to off-load supplies from the plane at Lihue Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard talks about disaster recovery while the Samaritan’s Purse plane is off-loaded of supplies Wednesday at Lihue Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A group of volunteers loads supplies from a Samaritan’s Purse DC8 onto trailers bound for the North Shore Wednesday at Lihue Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Shannon Daley of Samaritan’s Purse, North Carolina, and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard listen to remarks while the Samaritan’s Purse DC8 is being off-loaded of supplies for disaster relief Wednesday at Lihue Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Volunteers off-load the Samaritan’s Purse DC8 plane that arrived Wednesday at Lihue Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chandler Saylors and Shannon Daley of Samaritan’s Purse, North Carolina, get excited watching the DC8 carrying supplies lands at Lihue Airport Wednesday afternoon.

LIHUE — Disaster recovery on Kauai is making progress with the help of good Samaritans.

Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian relief organization, on Wednesday landed at Lihue Airport with supplies and disaster specialists on the organization’s DC-8 cargo plane that departed from Greensboro.

“We come with lots of equipment, lots of tools and big hearts to serve,” said Evangeline Yacuk of Waikiki, who was among Samaritan’s Purse volunteers from several states. She has volunteered with the organization on the Mainland for floods, tornadoes and hurricanes since 2009.

“We’re here to unload the plane and bring all these supplies to help the communities on the North Shore,” Yacuk said.

The nearly 70 tons of materials includes tarps, generators and chain saws.

Supplies were transferred by volunteers to trucks and then all-terrain vehicles to reach areas still inaccessible by road.

“We’re family, it’s ohana and we need to look out for each other,” said Pastor Steve Rex of Calvary Chapel North Shore in Kilauea. “The beauty is all of them coming together and working together with so much aloha. It’s amazing.”

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard provided words of encouragement during the arrival after she was done assisting with recovery efforts in Wainiha.

She was the one who informed Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham of the devastation, who traveled to Kauai to see firsthand how the organization could help.

“I’ve seen the tremendous amount of damage that families in Kauai are facing after torrential rain flooded hundreds of homes, triggered mudslides and washed out roads,” said Graham. “We are here to share the love of Jesus Christ with families in need by helping them physically recover and reminding them that they are not alone.”

Graham and chaplains from the ministry’s Rapid Response Team worked alongside Samaritan’s Purse and the volunteers to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement.

“We’ve got three 20-foot containers we’re filling up and bringing to Hanalei,” Rex said. “We’re gonna start tearing out the walls and de-molding, rebuilding and dry-walling, just blessing the people and taking care of them. We’ve been getting food and supplies in there, medical and tools, and stuff for the past two weeks.”

Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief organization that has helped more than 40,000 families in 35 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms.

“Whether it’s a hurricane, a flood, a fire, a tornado, whatever the disaster is, we want to run to it,” said Samaritan’s Purse Vice President Luther Harrison. “We will not forget Hawaii.”


John Steinhorst, reporter, can be reached at 245-0435 or

  1. Thad Allen Miller May 3, 2018 2:17 am Reply

    How can they be good when they help Evil people! !!?

    1. No_They_Didn't May 3, 2018 9:43 am Reply

      According to the bible, it just says a certain man was injured along the way. A priest, and some others passed by without helping the injured man. Only the Samaitan tended to the person to help out. I suppose God gave it back in the form of an airplane.

  2. No_They_Didn't May 3, 2018 10:11 am Reply

    Only the good Samaritan helped out and returned to see on that person injured. The good Samaritan paid the Inn Keeper. The good Samaritan promised to pay the Inn Keeper whatsoever was spent on the injured man. Whom are you referring to as being evil? Do thou likewise. The whole situation on helping out can be found in the bible. But if you’re Catholics like a lot of Kauai people, you don’t go by bible. You just go with being your best. “I’ve already said that. Heaven and hell are on earth. Come…!”

  3. No_They_Didn't May 3, 2018 11:15 am Reply

    But what if as a family, all they want is to live a happy and peaceful life on Kauai. What would they need God for in their life? Judgement must begin at the house of Israel. That means a harder life as a church person or Christian. They just want peace and happiness. Why make my life harder? I am happy now.

  4. No_They_Didn't May 3, 2018 11:30 am Reply

    So as you can see, here is truth. “I want to be a Catholic. They’re religion and family oriented and happy. I want my car. I want my kids to excel in life. I want a nicer house. I want more food so I don’t worry about surviving. I want to be a community person and be a bright light to many. I want enough money. I want religion because they show good values. They do good to all men. I’m with them. Catholics.” If this is you, sign up. This is my view on Kauai. And church or what people look for in God.

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