After residing in the same Honolulu community for years, Caroline Sasaki and her family chose to construct a new home. Sasaki said, “We lived in this same location. We just knocked down the old house and rebuilt it.”
After only a week of settling in their newly built home, tragedy struck when an immense boulder tumbled from the mountain and demolished it. This is the third boulder to crest down within 24 hours, leaving Sasaki astonished as nothing like this has ever happened before. She stated, “It’s never happened before, heavy rain and hurricane warnings nothing. So, no rocks ever came down.”
As Sasaki helplessly watched the events unfold, he was uncertain of what would happen next. It felt as if his fate hung in the balance with each passing second an agonizingly close call. She said, “All I heard was the boom when the glass cracked from the sliding door, so I backed up and I guess it passed right through me.” Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident.
A video of the boulder hurtling into Sasaki’s home has gone viral, and you can see her in it. Astonishingly, she was just narrowly missed by the massive rock!
This is crazy. A boulder in Palolo, Hawaii smashed through someone's home and narrowly missed them. Nobody was injured.pic.twitter.com/BhWH8TT5K1
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) January 30, 2023
Sasaki confesses that she hasn’t watched the video yet. She stated, “I haven’t watched the video, but they said if I took one more step, I probably wouldn’t be here.”
The local fire department reported that the boulder was approximately 5 feet in both width and height. It shattered a cinder block wall, crushed the family’s car, smashed through their glass sliding door, and tumbled throughout the living room before finally coming to rest after breaching one last wall – ending up in their bedroom.
Hawaii News Now recently shared a remarkable story of Ms. Sasaki, whose home was abruptly struck by an enormous boulder only days after intense rainfall in the area. However, contrary to what one might expect, she finds it unlikely that precipitation caused the rock’s descent onto her property.
Sasaki is convinced that the latest residential expansion in her area has caused the stones to roll down from the mountain. She said, “We’ve had some issues with them carving the mountain, and I don’t know if that’s the cause.”
Despite Bingning Li’s belief that the residential development project has nothing to do with the boulders, he plans on involving engineers immediately in order to investigate further. Once this is complete, a barrier wall will be built between his construction and the mountain as an extra precautionary measure.
Sasaki believes that is not enough. She said, “Department of permitting and planning, the Department of Emergency Management, the mayor, the councilman, they should all get involved because people’s lives are at stake.”
Dawn Takeuchi Apuna, Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting, was so moved by what she saw in a video that she reached out to Sasaki. She added, “After viewing the horrific video, I reached out to Mrs. Sasaki today out of concern for her and to answer any questions she may have had. We assured her that we will investigate and report back to her as soon as possible.”
Apuna declared that the DPP is conducting a thorough investigation and cautioned that, until it is finished, “it would be irresponsible and premature to point any fingers at any particular party, landowner or event without knowing the full details of what has occurred.”