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In recent weeks, our Maui community has faced the devastation of wildfires, testing our strength and resilience. Today, we come together to acknowledge the support, compassion, and unity that have defined our response to these wildfires. We express our deepest gratitude to all who have been the boots on the ground, mobilizing relief efforts during this difficult time.

In times of crisis, the true character of a community shines. Maui has demonstrated its remarkable spirit of compassion, care, and unity. From our first responders ensuring the community’s safety to volunteers offering assistance and individuals making donations, each act of kindness has played a vital role in helping those affected by the wildfires. 

Thank You for Your Support:

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who have supported our community during this challenging period. Whether through monetary donations, volunteering, providing shelter to those displaced, or simply offering a comforting word to a friend in need, your actions have been a source of hope and strength for our community. 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” –Aesop.

Mālama Maui – Ways to Support Maui:

As we continue to recover and rebuild, there are ongoing ways to contribute to the well-being of our community and the wildfire relief efforts. Here are some ways to “Mālama Maui” (take care of Maui):

  1. Donations: Consider making monetary donations to organizations actively mobilizing in wildfire relief efforts (including Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and Maui United Way). Your contribution can help provide essential resources to those affected.
  2. Volunteer: If you have the time and skills, consider volunteering with local organizations aiding in recovery and rebuilding efforts. Your hands-on assistance can make a significant impact. Please remember, volunteering is a kuleana (responsibility). 
  3. Support Local Businesses: Continue to support local businesses on Maui. Your patronage helps them recover and contributes to the resilience of our local economy.
  4. Education and Preparedness: Learn about wildfire prevention and preparedness and share this knowledge with your community. Preparedness can go a long way in reducing the impact of future wildfires.
  5. Stay Vigilant: Report any suspicious activity or unsafe practices that could lead to wildfires. Early intervention can help prevent future disasters.
  6. Emergency Kits: Create or update your emergency preparedness kit for your home and family. Being prepared can make a big difference during crises.

In conclusion, Maui’s compassion and unity are powerful reminders of our strength as a community. Together, we will heal, rebuild, and continue to cherish our island’s beauty and culture. Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to Mālama Maui. Together, we can ensure a brighter and more resilient future for our beloved community and island.

Stay safe, stay strong, and stay connected.

For more information and relief resources for Maui, please visit HIPHI’s Crisis Support and Relief Resources for Maui Wildfires page at hiphi.org/mauiaid/.

RoAnn Viloria, MPH

RoAnn Viloria, MPH

Maui, Molokai and Lānaʻi HEAL Coalition Coordinator
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