Supporting Lahaina: A Working Resource of Relief Efforts

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Here is an index of disaster relief resources, verified donations, community events, and calls to action in support of those affected by the West Maui wildfires.

Resources and Guides

Monetary Donations

Donation Drives

Artist Fundraisers

Calls to Action

Community Events

Reading List

Viewing Materials

Accounts to Follow

Resources and Guides

Maui Mutual Aid Guide: An all-encompassing document by the Maui Fire Flood and Disaster Relief Group for on-the-ground resources in Maui.

How to Help Maui Resource List: A working index for those on the continent looking to support.

助ける方法: Translated resources for Japanese readers by Risa Hoshino.

Missing People Locator

Upcountry Maui Hotspot Network: A form to help identify and map active hotspots in need of additional resources and/or volunteers to monitor them.

Maui Deaf Friends: A Facebook group with resources translated into ASL.

Kākoʻo Maui Relief Aid & Services: A resource center by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement hosting a rotating line-up of non-profit service providers and agency representatives, including Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi, Imua Family Services, and Hawaiʻi Community Lending. Open daily, 10 AM – 6 PM. Located at Maui Mall, between TJ Maxx and Subway.

Hawaii Fire Relief Housing Program by DBEDT, applications are now open.

Open Doors for Maui: A community-maintained housing directory.

Community Housing Network: A grassroots housing program to connect open short-term and long-term housing with ʻohana in need by @sanciamala.

Vehicle Replacement Program: For survivors of the Maui wildfires, a replacement vehicle program from the Governor is now underway. For details, interested individuals can visit Hertz at, or reach out to any local Avis Budget and Enterprise automobile dealership.

No Cost Car Rental: Free car share for affected Maui families by Chosen Rentals

Department of Health free trauma counseling

Free meals by World Central Kitchen

Drinking water stations by World Central Kitchen

No-Cost Limited Medical Services by Kaiser Permanente

Maui Laundry Network: Coordinating home laundry resources via Facebook and Instagram

Starlink Wifi Locations

School Enrollment for Displaced Lahaina Families

Disaster Legal Hotline from Hawaii State Bar Association: Free legal assistance to residents of Maui and Hawai‘i Island affected by the wildfires, dial toll free at (888) 533-2773 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on: Tuesday, 8/15 and 8/22; Wednesday, 8/16 and 8/23; Thursday, 8/17 and 8/24

Free green card replacement or DACA card replacement for those affected by Lahaina fires

Unemployment Assistance

Hawaiian Airlines Mālama Maui Requests: For organizations and relief efforts looking for passenger transportation, shipping support, and fundraising assistance

How to Reporting Unsolicited Property Offers

What to Wear When Cleaning Up Debris and Household Waste After a Disaster

Free trauma informed care and equine assisted services from The Spirit Horse Ranch, call or text (808) 280-7070, email [email protected]

Monetary Donations

While donations of any form are encouraged, keep in mind that some fundraisers can address urgent needs more quickly. Donating directly to affected families or smaller, local charities can expedite relief efforts.

Maui Recovery Fund: A grassroots fundraiser to support direct relief, community organizing, and rebuilding efforts.

Help Maui Rise: Directly Aid ʻOhana Displaced by Fires: A working document organized by photographers Samantha Feyen, Gabby Pascual, and Kenna Reed that compiles direct donations for affected locals, now featuring a one-click donation option that evenly splits funds across all participating families.

Emergency Fundraiser for Maui Fires: A fundraiser by Molokaʻi-based activist group ʻĀina Momona in support of disaster relief.

Maui Strong Fund by Hawaii Community Foundation: Providing financial support to relief efforts, with a focus on rapid response and recovery.

Maui Aloha: The People’s Response by Hawai‘i Peoples Fund: A fund for community, grassroots organizations working on the ground.

Maui Humane Society: Donate to Maui’s only animal shelter, which has taken in displaced and lost pets in the aftermath of the wildfires.

@lahaina_ohana_venmo: A hub for Venmo and crowdfunding donations for displaced families.

Chef Hui Maui Relief Fund: Donate to Maui hospitality workers affected by the wildfires. 

Help Maui by the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation: Support Maui College’s efforts to aid affected students, faculty, and staff.

Ama OluKai Foundation: A relief fund by OluKai’s non-profit foundation in which the brand will match the first $200,000 raised.

Pacific Birth Collective: Help the non-profit’s efforts to aid pregnant, laboring, and postpartum Maui families impacted by the fires.

Hoʻōla Maui: Dual fundraisers by the Pauahi Foundation and Kamehameha Schools to alleviate educational expenses for affected families and aid rebuilding efforts for KS Maui & KS Preschool students, families, and staff.

Artist Fundraisers

Passion Fruit, 100 percent of shirt sales will be donated to the Kākoʻo Maui Fund by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. Pre-sale available through September 15.

Monster Children, half of the sales from the Monster Children x Nora Vasconcellos issue will be donated to HCF’s Maui Strong Fund

Calls to Action

Stop Land Grabs in Lāhainā and Commit to A Just Recovery: Petition by Hawai‘i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA)

How to document Lahaina land grabs by investors

Volunteer with Chef Hui: Support form to produce, cook, and distribute food.

DACA Maui call for volunteer translators

State of Hawai‘i seeking to hire a Mental Health Specialist on Maui for the Department of Health. Accepting 25 applications to fill immediately.

Community Events

All details are Hawaiʻi Standard Time.

Friday, September 8, We Are Maui Paddle Out and Community Gathering at Cove Park, Kīhei. Starts at 8 a.m. on the south end of Kalama Park. Free boards provided for those who do not have one to begin a day of free food, music, massages, mental wellness resources, and keiki activities. Please come early and wear red.

Saturday, September 9, Free Legal Assistance at Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO)I Family Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku. Hawai‘i attorneys will offer free legal help and outreach to all members of the Maui community affected by the wildfires.

Sunday, September 10, 2nd Tagnawa Filipino and Latino Outreach Day, Honokowai Beach Park from 12 to 4 p.m. If you are a Filipino or Spanish speaking immigrant affected by the Maui fires and need help signing up for financial assistance, please join. Tagalog, Ilokano, and Spanish speakers will be on site to offer support for this process. Also, free meals. Help Maui Rise will also be there to help set up GoFundMe accounts.

Reading List

“Native Hawaiians organize aid for Maui fire victims as government lags,” Washington Post

“Lahaina residents worry a rebuilt Maui town could slip into the hands of affluent outsiders,” AP

“Maui Undertakes Its Own Wildfire Relief Efforts: ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere,’” WSJ“How to Support Keiki Who Are Coping With Fires…,” The National Traumatic Stress Network and Children’s Hospital of Orange County

“Rebuild Lahaina Not As A Tourist Spot But A Place For People To Live” by Jonathan K. Osorio, Civil Beat

Viewing Materials

Remembering Lahaina with Bishop Museum historian DeSoto Brown

“We’re still here.” Paele Kiakona interview in West Maui at the Lahaina Bypass by broadcast reporter Jeremy Lee.

Accounts to Follow













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