A large boulder smashed into a Palolo family's home and nearly hit one of the owners. Community members are raising concerns about a development next door that excavated the mountain.
They said there were no boulders rolling down the valley before the development, and they have now experienced three boulders coming down in the last 24 hours.
It was the closest of calls for Caroline Sasaki. A massive boulder went right through her home and barely avoided her Saturday night, Jan. 28.
Sasaki grew up in the neighborhood, but her family had just moved into that house (last week!) after demolishing their old one on the same property.
They said what has changed is a home development project and the carving of the mountain behind Sasaki's home.
"We lived in this same location. We just knocked down the old house and rebuilt it; and it's never happened before, heavy rain and hurricane warnings nothing. So, no rocks ever came down," Sasaki said. "We've had some issues with them carving the mountain, and I don't know if that's the cause."
The development owner Bingning Li said his project and the boulder incidents are not connected.
Li said he will bring engineers to inspect the project and reinforce a barrier wall along his project.
Concerned residents want answers before anyone gets hurt.