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maui fires

On August 8th, a fire erupted on the island of Maui fueled by the winds of Cat 4, Hurricane Dora, it quickly spread through the incredibly dry town of Lahaina igniting everything in it's path. The devastating results have been compared to that of a nuclear explosion with some remains having nearly been vaporized, incredibly hard to recognize and distingrating when touched. The lives lost have been insurmountable as the death toll continues to rise, making this the most deadly fire in the US in over 100 years. At the time of writing this there are 99 confirmed deaths and over 1,000 people still missing. Structures lost have been estimated at around 2,200 with 86% of these being Residential. Most residents had zero warning as Hawaii's advanced siren system never went off. The hurricane winds which downed power lines and took out cell towers, made it impossible for residents to receive cell phone warnings.  Some neighborhoods were hit in the middle of the night after being told it was safe to return to their homes, survivors were alerted by neighbors to get out as the fire was quickly surrounding the area. Many never received any warning. The full devastating impact of this tragedy is yet to be realized.

Maui is an island very near and dear to our hearts. It was the first Hawaiian island I lived on, my Hawaiian family lives there (Some of our best friends and favorite people on the planet, and their extended family - all born and raised), and it's full of humans I just love.

This unfathomable tragedy has rocked us to the core, so I thank you for being here. Many have asked how they can help, so I have compiled this page with meaningful ways you can do so.

WAYS TO HELP

1. Cash Donations

Directly to families in need

WHO NEED HELP NOW

BELOW ARE FAMILIES WE KNOW PERSONALLY WHO LOST THEIR HOMES AND BELONGING IN THE FIRE. SURVIVORS OF WILD FIRES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES, SAY THE BIGGEST WAY TO HELP IS CASH DONATIONS. WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT, A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. IT'S HARD ENOUGH TO EVEN HUMAN THE DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS AFTER A TRAGEDY OF THIS MAGNITUDE, HAVING THE MONEY TO EAT, OR BUY CLOTHING AND ESSENTIALS IS CRUCIAL.

Verified Families

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This sweet family is safe, but lost their home and possessions  in the fire. 

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    Fujiwaras   

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Words from Summer & Gillou

My family and I have had the wildest last couple of days. But before we move forward, we’d like to thank everyone for their outpouring love and support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! 

 

We lost all of our belongings within an hour of leaving our home due to the wild fire in Lahaina. Although all our physical belongings are gone, we still wake up and see each others faces, we still hear our sons voice and we still feel our daughters warmth when we hug and for that we are beyond grateful. 

 

As we continue our journey and try to figure out the next best steps for our family we humbly ask for assistance. We are asking for donations via Venmo, physical or virtual gift cards for places like Target, TJ Maxx, Lowe’s or Home Depot.  Thank you again for your kind thoughts and positive vibes.

- Summer and Gillou 

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Smythe-Gerling Family

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Digital Gift Cards Can be sent to:
Ssmythe808@icloud.com

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Words from Kanani

Beach Waves

Kanani Alboro Family

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Roshelle and her 15 year old daughter Safirah lost their home in Lahaina. Roshelle’s partner is a firefighter working on the front lines. Thankfully, they are safe, but now without their home. They could use any help. 

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Butihi Family

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A note from Joannah

"My dad David and his wife Maile Bryan, my brother Hoku and his girlfriend and their kids. My sister Iwa and her boyfriend Paki, lost all three homes in the Lahaina fire last night. Gavin and I have a place, food and water and all are safe as of now! Flames are still burning but the wind is going down which will help the firefighters greatly." 

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2. Verified Charities

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