PUPUKEA, Hawaii (KHON2) — A North Shore homeowner’s worst nightmare came through Monday, Feb. 28 after their home fell into the ocean.

It happened shortly after 1 a.m. along Ke Nui road.

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Video Courtesy: Laila Ryun

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received an emergency call on Monday, Feb. 28, around 1:10 a.m. about a downed power line on Ke Nui Road in Haleiwa.

The Honolulu Fire department was the first on scene. They found the home had fallen down a sandy cliffside and onto the beach.

According to HFD, there were no occupants in the house at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported.

“I heard a noise and came out and turned on the light,” said neighbor Todd Dunphy. ” I saw his wall and his deck floating in front of my house and went to look where it came from.”

HFD responded around 1 a.m. to the home collapsing onto the beach.

No one was in the home and no injuries were reported.

Neighbors tell KHON2 erosion has been happening for years, but they’ve never seen anything like this.

“I’m next,” said Dunphy. “It’s coming there’s another big swell in a couple days. I’m panicking to be able to do something to save it.”

The family is hoping to pull the structure back up.

DLNR says it’s an unfortunate situation, but not unexpected. 

“This is climate change, sea level rise, wave energy, in new patterns, new waves,” said DLNR chairperson Suzanne Case. “This is just a beach that is so important to the public. These houses are built on sand berms. There’s just really no way they can last.”

Meanwhile, lawmakers are taking action to find solutions.

State representative Sean Quinlan is pushing for a study to be done on mitigation efforts

“The Ehukai Sunset Beach area will be the test case for the entire state,” said Quinlan. “This is just the beginning. We’re going to see more and more of these massive erosion events all over the islands. So I think it’s important that we study what’s happening here right now to figure out what what tools should we have, and what tools will the homeowners have at their disposal.”

Neighbors are just grateful that no one got hurt.

“That was the first thing. Thank God,” said Dunphy. “As soon as I saw that I ran over and checked on Hugo. Then I seen him walking around. It was so loud I just got goosebumps. Structures come and go but you know life is priceless.”

The cleanup efforts have begun for the homeowners.

For precautionary measures, HFD taped off the area to prevent anyone from entering and to keep the public safe.

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To contribute to costs to pull the house back up, visit the GoFundMe page.