As many of you may now know, Hawaii has been devastated by wildfires, especially the island of Maui – leaving behind a trail of destruction. Nearly 100 lives lost, over 1,000 missing, 2,200 structures across 2,100 acres destroyed, and an estimated cost of $6 billion in damage. What’s transpiring in Hawaii is the most deadly wildfire in over a century. In fact, this fire is the fifth worst wildfire in American history – and the final death toll may take another week to confirm.
A little history shared by our partner Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement, “While national outlets report on Lahaina as a tourist destination, it was so much more than that. Lahaina was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i for 25 years and home to the sacred Moku‘ula, the piko (center) of the Kingdom and the burial home to many of our ali‘i (chiefs). The loss of any ʻāina (land) is deeply felt by our community, but the destruction we’ve seen in Lahaina will be a scar felt for generations to come.”
Thankfully, there is more than one way you can help. Scroll down below to review different opportunities to support our friends and family in the Aloha state.
To donate to a local relief fund, see here:
- Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Matching donations up to $1.5 million, currently at $1 million)
- Hawaiʻi Community Foundation
- Hawaiʻi People’s Fund
- Kākoʻo Haleakala
- Maui Food Bank
- Maui Humane Society
- Maui Rapid Response
- Maui United Way
- Pūnana Leo o Lahaina
- Papa Ola Lokahi
For those affected, FEMA can help. Start the process now to receive assistance at https://www.