Hope is hard to let go after Maui fire, as odds wane over reuniting with still-missing loved ones

Volunteers make food and supply deliveries to elderly residents affected by a deadly wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Po’omaika’i Estores-Losano, right, spending time with family off the coast of Maui on July 30, 2019. He remains missing nearly two weeks after the Aug. 8, 2023, fire in Lahaina, Hawaii The number of people still missing has dwindled after more families have found once-missing loved ones. But the number of missing remains substantial. (Photo courtesy of Leona Castillo.)

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The days of waiting have become harder and harder as the odds grow longer and longer, but Kevin Baclig remains undeterred in his search for his wife and her parents, missing since Aug. 8 when a wildfire engulfed and flattened the Hawaiian town of Lahaina.