To say that our community has been activated is to say nothing at all.
There is enormous heartbreak, but there is also an enormous outpouring of kokua and aloha. I have also felt your love & aloha – thank you for reaching out and continuing to care about our island home. It has been one big, impressive grassroots operation but, long-term, we will be needing everyone’s help. Maui Rapid Response, Hawaii Red Cross, Maui United Way, Hawaii Community Foundation, and Maui Food Bank are some great organizations to support long-term. Additionally, our friends at Haven’s are cooking 500 meals a day for the foreseeable future that they are distributing with the help of World Central Kitchen who are also on the ground. Please support their imperative work and contribute to the Safe Havens Fund here.
The fires may still be burning and our hardest working Maui first responders are exhausted, but we are #mauistrong and we got each other. If you are on Maui and we don’t know each other personally, but you need anything at all or know someone who needs any kind of assistance or emergency housing, please, reach out to me directly. We are happy to help or connect you with someone who can assist you or your ohana. To those of you on the mainland with any kind of immediate travel plans, consider postponing them. Please, donate to one of the organizations above and shop the Maui small business guide that I will be posting in the next few days to help to support all of those who are supporting others during this unbelievably devastating time.