The Hawaiian island of Kauai was devastated by storms that brought on record amounts of rainfall last weekend, causing flash flooding and extensive damage to the island. It's hard to overstate just how much of an impact the storms had on The Garden Island, but the Honolulu Star-Advertiser estimates the damage to state highways alone is in the $25 million range, and that the Hawaii House and Senate have agreed to set aside $100 million to aid in the island's recovery.
Given the widespread impact of the storms, and the special relationship Teton Gravity Research has long held with the island, we would like to urge our readers and fans to please donate to recovery efforts if at all possible. Petra Frankenreiter, the wife of musician and surfer Donavon Frankenreiter has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to help Kauai's North Shore in its recovery–the town of Hanalei on the North Shore was hit particularly hard–and we'd encourage you to give the fund a look.
"Kauai shares a similar kind of kindred spirit as Jackson Hole in its remoteness and its rawness," said TGR co-founder Steve Jones. "For more than a decade, we've been traveling there and have made a lot of good friends and acquaintances on the island, so this one hits close to home. Right now, people on the island are in a super tough spot, and we want to wish them all the best from us here."
At present, Hawaii News Now reports that aerial surveys of some of the remote parts of the island show that flood damage may actually be worse than initially thought, and that landslides have caused damage to major pieces of infrastructure and roadways like the Kuhio Highway that could potentially take months to repair.
"It’s hard to put a finger on what’s so special about Kauai," said TGR co-founder Todd Jones. "It’s a unique island with its own vibe and tone, and I think it attracts the type of people who are willing to stray a bit off the beaten path. We hold the island and its people in deep regard, and we just want to send a bit of positive vibes their way as they make it through this rough patch."
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