HTA Provides Update On Maui Wildfires
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority has issued an updated on the Maui wildfires as reports from the island indicate that the death toll has now increased to 53 with some 1,000 structures either damaged or destroyed.
In its update, the HTA reports that through the tireless efforts of our airline, hotel, and ground transportation partners, more than 14,000 people were moved off the island of Maui on Aug. 9, to return home or continue with their vacation elsewhere in Hawai‘i.
By the end of today, it is estimated that an additional 14,500 people will be moved off Maui.
Mahalo to all of our industry partners for this monumental show of support.
An emergency assistance center has been established by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, in partnership with the American Red Cross, to support visitors and residents being evacuated from Maui to Oahu due to the wildfires.
Up to 2,000 evacuees can be provided temporary accommodations at the Hawai‘i Convention Center until they are able to board flights to return home or secure their own hotel lodging. If necessary, evacuees are allowed to spend the night if they cannot secure lodging. Water and food is being provided, as well as a shower, toiletries and clothes, if needed.
More help is on the way for Hawai‘i as President Joe Biden signed a Major Disaster Declaration for Hawaii, resulting in the approval to dedicate significantly more federal resources to help with recovery efforts underway for Maui and Hawaii Island.
Federal funding will be made available to fulfill a variety of urgent needs for Maui County residents, including debris removal and enhanced emergency protective measures for communities incurring damage from the wildfires. In addition, federal grants will be made available to individuals and families needing to rebuild homes, cover uninsured property losses, and help businesses with their recovery.
Hawaii County officials have lifted all evacuation orders, as the two brush fires in Naalehu and Pahala have been neutralized and the Lalamilo fire in Waimea has been contained. The roadways are open and access is available to all communities on the island. The emergency shelters have been closed. Mauna Kea Resort is open and operating. Mahalo to the firefighters and first responders for their tremendous efforts in stopping the fires from spreading and keeping everyone safe on Hawai‘i Island.
How to Help
Anyone wanting to make donations to help communities and families recover on Maui can do so through the Maui Strong Fund established by the Hawai?i Community Foundation. Click Here.
Hotels and vacation rental owners are urged to consider how they might be able to house Maui residents displaced by the fire.
Additional resources and information is available at www.ready.hawaii.gov.
The HTA will continue to provide updates and answers to frequently asked questions on its website.