It’s made national — and even international — news: Maui has experienced several wildfires around the island in recent days, which have resulted in one of the most significant natural disasters in the history of Hawaiʻi. Lives have been lost, and more than 1,000 structures are destroyed, including homes, businesses, schools, churches, and community centers. My own home is gone, along with the rest of my neighborhood.
Lahaina, the scenic and historic heart of west Maui, has been particularly devastated. Much of the west side has been without power and without landline or cell phone service for days, and many roads remain impassible.
Sadly, while the Lahaina fire raged, a second fire threatened the Kihei area, and a third burned over 1,100 acres in the Kula area. Shelters for displaced residents and visitors have been established at Maui High School, the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku, the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, and several churches.
Because so many people have asked how they can help, I’ve made a list of some of the organizations that are working hard to address Maui’s many needs at the moment.
Monetary Donation Options
Other Ways to Help
The REALTORS® Association of Maui is also accepting water, non-perishable food, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, towels, bedding, and pet food. In-person donations can be made at the Maui Food Bank as well, and volunteers are welcome! And the Maui Humane Society is desperate for dog and cat foster parents; no experience is necessary, and they provide all the needed supplies.
Mahalo nui loa for any support you can offer to our Maui ʻohana in this time of great need.
Pamela Reader, REALTOR® Broker