After his home flooded for the second time in less than a year, Hinano Nelson was only able to salvage a few things from his waterlogged residence, a small apartment attached to his father in law's church.
Hinano Nelson says he's made more than a dozen trips to the dump, clearing out everything the flood destroyed.
Nine-year-old Jonah had only two requests for Christmas: clothes and a game for his game system, but he received much more.
Maemae Elementary's annual Christmas assembly has included students giving through Laulima for years.
Mother Wendy Irie says they've learned to adapt and there's so much to be happy for, but at one point, they almost lost her.
The children were just 3 and 5 years old when their mother died of cancer, and their father wasn't and hasn't been able to care for them.
Lack of self esteem and depression are very common, especially around the holidays, and there is often a financial hardship as many can't work for extended periods of time.
The financial, physical, mental, and emotional toll is heavy, though this large family is thankful for all that they do have.
Mom is due any day now with their fifth child, and says they're trying to get off the streets and into a housing program.