(ABOVE VIDEO) Footage and photos found in this report are courtesy the Hawaii National Guard, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Voice of Sherry Bracken.
Tulsi Gabbard, the recently re-elected representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, is back in Washington, while at home a disaster is slowly unfolding on Hawaii Island.
The congresswoman has first hand knowledge of Kilauea’s June 27 lava flow. Gabbard first assessed the situation in Pahoa alongside Mayor Billy Kenoi while serving in her role as federal representative. She later returned as a soldier. Gabbard just completed a short deployment with the Army National Guard in Puna, part of the emergency response to the declared disaster.
Gabbard even spent election night in Puna, as voters decided overwhelmingly to return her to the Capitol for another term in the House. Following her victory – and deployment – Gabbard the Congresswoman returned to D.C. where she immediately sat in on a timely House subcommittee hearing on volcanic hazards.
Gabbard has been so impressed by the work of Hawaii County Civil Defense chief Darryl Oliveira and Mayor Kenoi that she honored them on the floor of the U.S. House.