LAHAINA, Hawaii – The times of ready have turn into tougher and tougher as the percentages develop longer and longer, however Kevin Baclig stays undeterred in his seek for his spouse and her mother and father, lacking since Aug. 8 when a wildfire engulfed and flattened the Hawaiian city of Lahaina.

He has gone trying from one shelter to a different, hoping strangers would possibly acknowledge the faces on the flyers he brings with him. Baclig, 30, has pushed forwards and backwards to Lahaina, desperately scouting for something which may lead him to his spouse, Angelica, and her mother and father, Joel and Adela Villegas. Six different kinfolk who lived subsequent door additionally stay unaccounted for.

“I’m not going to give up until I see them,” he mentioned. “Of course I’m hoping to find them alive. … What else can I do?”

Whilst he tries to sound optimistic, his voice is subdued.

“I’ve been searching and searching — in Lahaina, everywhere,” Baclig said, speaking in Ilocano, a dialect of the northern Philippines.

The blaze took scores of lives and destroyed hundreds of homes, including the house Baclig’s family bought three years ago on Kopili Street, about a 15-minute walk to historic Front Street, once a bustling tourist center but now a bleak avenue of flattened buildings lined with charred vehicles.

The remains of 114 people have been found, most of them yet to be identified. Hawaii Gov. Josh Green has said the death toll will likely rise in the days to come as the painstaking search for remains continues in the heaps of rubble and ash in Lahaina, a seaside community of 12,000 and a tourist hotspot on Maui.

Officials acknowledge they don’t have a firm number on the missing. Many initially listed as unaccounted for have since been located.

Earlier this week, Police Chief John Pelletier said authorities would do their best to track down the missing. “But I can’t promise that we’re going to get them all,” he mentioned.

On the day before the fire, Po’omaika’i Estores-Losano, a 28-year-old father of two, wished aloha to his ohana, the Hawaiian word for family. “Another beautiful day in Hawaii,” he wrote on Facebook, ending his post by urging his circle to “have fun, enjoy,” and to by no means be “sad and grumpy.”

He was among the many scores nonetheless lacking Saturday. His household has scoured the island in search of him, checking hospitals and shelters. And not using a automotive, Estores-Losano would have needed to outrun the hearth and smoke.

“We don’t want him to think we stopped looking for him,” mentioned Ku’ulei Barut, who final spoke to her brother the day earlier than he went lacking.

His mom, Leona Castillo, desires to hold on to the chance that her son remains to be alive, however she is aware of she could must face a actuality she’s not but prepared to simply accept. Final week, because the speak of physique counts intensified, she acquired herself swabbed for DNA.

She desires him discovered, irrespective of how and the place.

“We don’t want him to be lost,” she said. “If we don’t get his body back, he’ll just be lost.”

In the days after the fire, there was chaos and confusion, with so many families looking for missing loved ones. Castillo said she was relieved for friends and neighbors who were reunited with loved ones.

But she wondered when would it be her turn.

“I just want closure,” she said.

Ace Yabes is also waiting for word about his relatives — nine in all who are missing, including Angelica Baclig, whose family lived next door to an aunt and her family, five of whom have still not be found.

Kevin Baclig was at work as a nurse at a skilled nursing facility when the fire raced down from the hills and into town, igniting nearly everything in its path.

“I’ve been searching all the shelters, hotels, possible places they might go — I’ve gone to all of them. I’ve gone to the houses of their friends,” he mentioned. “I’ve reported them missing to the MPD (Maui Police Department), to the FBI. I’ve been showing their pictures.”

Baclig, who’s staying with associates in Kahalui on the northern flank of the island, holds out hope as he searches.

Perhaps of their haste to flee, none had the time to seize their cellphones — which could clarify why Baclig has but to get a name. Perhaps they’re in search of him, too, and not sure about his whereabouts.

Amid anguish and uncertainty, and as he nears the tip of his efforts, he continues to hope for assist.

“Lord, guide me in everything,” he wrote Thursday on Fb. “I don’t know what to do.”

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