Thousands of Hawaii citizens have been displaced following wildfires that devastated the historic town of Lahaina in Maui. Multiple neighborhoods were burned as the fires were fueled by heavy winds blowing from Hurricane Dora, resulting in many being told to evacuate. Some Hawaii residents even sought refuge in the ocean to avoid the flames. As of August 10th, at least 36 people have died and 11,000 have been evacuated due to the wildfires. Hawaii’s governor, Josh Green, has estimated that billions of dollars will be needed for full recovery, as approximately 271 structures were damaged or destroyed by the fires, according to reports from the US Civil Air Patrol and the Maui Fire Department.
To assist those impacted by this natural disaster, there are several resources available. The Hawaii Salvation Army has started providing meals for approximately 50 individuals taking shelter in Maui County’s American Red Cross Pukalani shelter, and this effort is expanding across the entire island. They are requesting monetary donations and meal donations from restaurants or certified kitchens to continue providing food and shelter.
The Hawaii Community Foundation is organizing the ‘Āina Momona fundraiser, and The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is collecting donations through the Kakoo Maui fund, Alakaina Foundation Family, and Kakoo Haleakala. Additionally, the Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund is also accepting donations. Foodland, a grocery store, is accepting monetary donations at checkout to support the American Red Cross’s efforts. Other organizations accepting monetary donations include Aloha United Way, Maui Food Bank, and Maui Mutual Aid, which is specifically focused on supporting Maui families, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those without insurance.
For Hawaii residents, the Hawaii Restaurant Association is gathering donations and volunteers to help evacuees on Oahu. The Maui Police Department is requesting specific donations of non-perishable food, bottled water, hygiene items, and blankets to be collected at Maui’s War Memorial Complex. Ice cream shop Cream B and Hoomana Barbell are also accepting donations of food, drinks, snacks, bedding, pillows, and personal hygiene products at 1826 Kaohu St.
The Maui Humane Society has assured that its animals are safe, but they need to allocate more space for displaced pets. They are asking for more people to sign up as fosters in the meantime. Donations of pet supplies are also requested to assist families who are keeping their animals. Monetary donations are accepted to help the shelter cope with the increased care required. Additionally, the Maui Humane Society has a webpage to report lost or found pets.
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