Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 Airlifts Relief Supplies to Hawaiian Communities Devastated By Flooding

April's historic rainfall on the Hawaiian island of Kauai inundated local communities—damaging homes, washing out roads and isolating families from the rest of the island. Samaritan's Purse is sending personnel and supplies to Hawaii to help residents in hard-to-reach communities recover from the flooding. Supplies include heavy-duty plastic tarp, generators, chainsaws and other relief equipment. 
After Hawaii's U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard informed Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham of the devastation in Kauai, he traveled to the area to see the needs firsthand and determine how the organization could help. 
"I've seen the tremendous amount of damage that families in Kauai are facing after torrential rain flooded hundreds of homes, triggered mudslides and washed out roads," said Graham. "We are here to share the love of Jesus Christ with families in need by helping them physically recover and reminding them that they are not alone."
On Wednesday afternoon the organization's DC-8 will land in Lihue on the island of Kauai. From there supplies will be transferred to trucks and then all-terrain vehicles to reach hard-hit, remote communities still inaccessible by road. Samaritan's Purse, partnering with local churches, will mobilize volunteer teams to mud out flooded homes, remove debris and tarp roofs. 

N.C. MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Samaritan's Purse DC-8 cargo aircraft departs from Greensboro, airlifting flood relief equipment to Hawaii

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, at 8 a.m. ET with media opportunities beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Piedmont Triad International Airport, Samaritan's Purse Hangar (701 North Terminal Service Road, Greensboro, NC 27409)

ON-SITE CONTACT: Kaitlyn Lahm, 828.406.0365


  • Interviews with Samaritan's Purse relief specialists leading Hawaii response
  • Photo and video opportunities of DC-8 taking off 


  • Samaritan's Purse DC-8 cargo aircraft and relief personnel arrive in Lihue, Kauai
  • Unloading of relief supplies including heavy-duty plastic tarp, generators, chainsaws and other equipment
  • Brief remarks by Samaritan's Purse, community leaders and government officials

 WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, media arrival 12:45 p.m. HST, event begins at 1 p.m. HST


  • Samaritan's Purse Vice President Luther Harrison
  • U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
  • Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.
  • Calvary Chapel Northshore Pastor Steve Rex

WHERE: Air Service Hawaii, 3651 Ahukini Road, Lihue, HI 96766

ON-SITE CONTACT: Luther Harrison, 828.719.7077; Katilyn Lahm, 828.406.0365

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team will be working alongside Samaritan's Purse to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement. 

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Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief organization that has helped more than 40,000 families in 35 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms. Recently, disaster response teams helped more than 4,600 families in Texas and Florida recover from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and aided tornado victims in Alabama and North Carolina.