Urgent Call to Support Maui
The devastating Maui wildfires have left the town of Lahaina in ruins, causing immeasurable loss to the community. These fires have ravaged homes, landscapes, and cherished memories, leaving families and individuals in despair. In these trying times, we urge you to extend a helping hand through donations to the following organizations listed below. Your contributions will provide crucial support for firefighting efforts, aiding those who have lost their homes, and assisting in the restoration of Lahaina's unique charm. Together, we can help rebuild lives and rejuvenate the spirit of this resilient community. Your generosity will make a profound difference.
Below you'll a page full of important information in regard to donation links, organization links, video updates as well as important disaster information for those currently on Maui.
Also, visit www.mauinuistrong.info for the latest information and updates from the County of Maui.
MAUI MUTUAL AIDE
A local effort, the Maui Mutual Aid Fund is run by volunteers looking to get funds and support to vulnerable residents, such as kūpuna (elderly), those with physical disabilities, renters and individuals without insurance.
HAWAI'I COMMUNITY FUND
The Maui Strong Fund was created to provide community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The fund is currently being used to support communities affected by the wildfires on Maui.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMEONE?
The American Red Cross is acting as the clearinghouse to reunite families. Family members can call 1-800-RED-CROSS for help.
A Maui woman has created an alphabetical spreadsheet of those lost or separated.
FOOD, WATER, SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION/DONATION:
- Lahaina Gateway Center:
- 325 Keawe St., Lahaina
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Mobile health vehicle present. Food and supplies will only be distributed to West Maui residents.
- Queen Ka’ahumanu Center:
- 275 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului
- parking lot fronting Ka’ahumanu Avenue and Kane Street: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Non-perishable food, water and disposable kitchen supplies wanted; no clothing donations.
AVAILABLE SHELTERS ON MAUI
- Hyatt Regency Maui - 200 Nohea Kai Drive., Lahaina
- Royal Lahaina - 2780 Kekaa Drive, Lahaina
- Honua Kai Outrigger - 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina
- Outrigger Kaʻanapali Beach Resort - 2525 Ka‘anapali Parkway, Lahaina
- Aston Ka‘anapali Shores – 3445 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Road, Lahaina
- Fairmont Kea Lani – 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea
- Westin Maui - 2365 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina
- Aston Mahana at Ka‘anapali – 110 Ka‘anapali Shores Place, Lahaina
- Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort – 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea
- Maui Beach Hotel – 170 West Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului
- Maui Seaside Hotel - 100 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului
- Aston Maui Ka‘anapali Villas: 45 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina
LAHAINA FAMILY DONATION SPREADSHEET
A community effort has been made to organize the GoFundMe/Venmo information for thousands of families who have lost everything due to the wildfires. Please take some time to go through the link and read some of the information that's there and consider donating. These families are vetted by Lahaina locals and residents.
Maui Wildfires | Update 1
Hey everyone, this is the first video I created in order to share information about what's happening in Maui. Currently, I'm uploading these videos to my Instagram first, before other platforms, so if you'd like to be kept up to date in real-time, please consider following me on Instagram. I know that the news organizations are here, doing their thing, but my goal is to share the story from a "person living on Maui" perspective. There are so many stories and efforts being made right now that I think people need to see and be aware of. The best thing we can do right now is to keep watching and sharing videos and making donations to any of the organizations listed below. Please reach out to me if you have any other questions.
Maui Wildfires | Update 2
Hey everyone, here is my second update. This video shows you just ONE of the MANY efforts happening across the island of local people and local businesses doing what they can to bring relief to those on the west side. Again, information and situations will continue to change and evolve over the course of this disaster, and boat runs may not be necessary in the coming weeks. The main thing is that the people of Maui are doing everything they can to help those in need.
If you'd like to donate to the Pacific Whale Foundation, use this donation link.
Maui Wildfires | Update 3
In today's update, I provide a brief look into the ongoing recovery efforts after the devastating wildfires. Join me as I share my firsthand experience at the Lahaina Gateway with Mauliola Pharmacy, witnessing the incredible medical care, provided by the Maui healthcare community, to victims in need. Experience how Mauliola Pharmacy has gone above and beyond by waving copay fees for prescription medicines, allowing individuals to focus on healing. The stories of resilience and unity within the community are truly inspiring, showcasing the strength that emerges in challenging times. Together, let’s support and spread awareness of the local efforts for a brighter future in Maui. Things are evolving day to day, and during my time recording/editing, several key pieces of information were updated, which had me introduce some text on the video to correct what I had recorded.
STATUS UPDATE ON WATER ON THE WEST SIDE
This information is current, as of 8/25/23 at 4 pm.
UPDATE: FOR ALL AREAS NORTH OF KANIAU ROAD INCLUDING KANIAU ROAD THE ADVISORY DOES NOT APPLY
The Lahaina water system experienced wildfire impacts and may have fire-related contamination. As a precautionary measure, this notice is being issued until test data is available.
DO NOT DRINK-DO NOT BOIL YOUR WATER
Failure to follow this advisory could result in illness.
Due to the Lahaina wildfire, some structures in the Lahaina water system were destroyed by the fire, and some areas in the water system lost pressure. These conditions may have caused harmful contaminants, including benzene and other volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), to enter the water system. As a precaution, the State of Hawaii Department of Health, and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply are advising residents of the affected area to NOT USE THE TAP WATER FOR DRINKING AND COOKING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
In addition, residents are advised to:
- Limit use of hot water
- Limit shower time/bathing (use lukewarm water and ventilate area)
- Use a dishwasher to wash dishes and use air dry setting
- Wash clothing in cold water
- Avoid using clothes dryers (dry laundry outdoors)
- Do not take baths
- Do not use hot tubs or swimming pools
- Do not use ice from automatic ice makers
- Use proper ventilation when using water indoors
What should I do?
DO NOT DRINK YOUR TAP WATER – USE ONLY BOTTLED WATER. Bottled water should be used for all drinking (including baby formula and juice), brushing teeth, and making ice and food preparation until further notice.
DO NOT TRY AND TREAT THE WATER YOURSELF. Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting water stand will not make the water safe.
Potable water is available at the following locations:
Holy Ghost Church
Ulupalakua Ranch Store
Lahaina Gateway Shopping Center
Please bring a clean water container (5 gallons maximum capacity).
UPDATES TO THIS ADVISORY WILL BE PROVIDED BASED ON MONITORING RESULTS.
For more information, call:
Water Utility contact: Leonore Amano, Water Microbiologist IV, Lahaina System, (808) 270-7550
Our Beloved Lahaina Campaign
The "Our Beloved Lahaina" GoFundMe campaign stands as a beacon of hope, aiming to deliver much-needed funds directly to the individuals I personally know who have lost their homes. Your donations to this campaign will make a direct and significant impact on the lives of friends, neighbors, and community members who are grappling with the aftermath of this disaster. By contributing to the "Our Beloved Lahaina" campaign, you are not only offering financial support but also demonstrating the power of unity and compassion in times of crisis. Let's rally together and help rebuild the lives of those who have lost so much – your generosity will be a lifeline of hope and resilience.
I pledge to donate 25% of proceeds from all bookings in August 2023, and perhaps beyond, from all wedding/maternity/engagement bookings to the Our Beloved Lahaina, GoFundMe Campaign.