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Hawaii governor asks for stop to non-essential travel to West Maui

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  •   08-17-2023  9:08 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Hawaii governor asks for stop to non-essential travel to West Maui
Wildfires captured in Lahaina, Maui. (lei_dubzz/Instagam)
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Governor of Hawaii Josh Green has strongly discouraged all non-essential travel to West Maui in August due to the wildfires that have ravaged the island.

Areas that should not be visited include Lāhainā, Nāpili, Kāʻanapali and Kapalua.

Other areas of Maui, including Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena and Hāna, as well as the other Hawaiian Islands, like Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lānaʻi and Hawaii Island, remain open.

Help with housing

Hotels in West Maui have temporarily stopped accepting bookings and are housing more than 1,000 of their employees and their families, evacuees and first responders working on disaster recovery.

Airbnb has announced an initiative to provide free, temporary stays to 1,000 people through its network of hosts.

Details will be announced in the coming days.

Vacation rental owners, as well as anyone with available space, are encouraged to make these accommodations available to temporarily house displaced West Maui residents.

The state has set up a referral program to make those connections possible to support West Maui residents in need of housing.

Learn more at the Fire Relief Housing Program website.

A call center is also available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 808-587-0469, or email

Airlines implement flexible policies

Due to the wildfires and their impact on people’s travel plans, major US airlines serving Kahului Airport have implemented flexible travel policies for changing or canceling flights.

The US Department of Transportation has posted a page with links to the major carriers serving Kahului Airport.

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 Hawaii Community Foundation.

Due to capacity limitations, please consider making financial rather than physical donations.

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