People displaced by the Lahaina fire can sign up for emergency housing: Airbnb registration details

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VC: Hawai’i Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (Aug. 21, 2023)

The Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services reminds the public that the Airbnb registration will continue Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 through Friday, Aug. 25, 2023 at the Lahaina Gateway Center. The registration area is located next to the Kaiser Permanente tents.

“Airbnb is committed to matching 200 more households with accommodations between now and Friday,” program organizers. “This is first come, first serve, so please come to Lahaina Gateway if you are in search of housing.”

To qualify for the Airbnb program applicants will need: Name, phone number, email address, previous address, and a valid form of ID.


This week, DHS continues to coordinate the Airbnb accommodations program working alongside Airbnb and now the American Red Cross. 

West Maui. FILE PC: Wendy Osher

Moving forward, ARC will provide followup and services with those displaced families who are placed with the Airbnb program similar to that provided to those residents who are placed in hotels. The state has transitioned to this partnership in an effort to ensure continuity and consistency in follow up and services for all of those residents placed in temporary housing, across all housing programs.

“DHS is profoundly thankful for the dedication, commitment and unwavering support and assistance Maui Economic Opportunity has provided the people of Maui. Without MEO’s initial partnership, we would not have been able to successfully match over 1,700 displaced residents with Airbnb accommodations and provide the immediate initial followup needed,” according to department press release.


Program organizers say ARC’s ability and commitment to provide services in the longer term to displaced residents across all housing accommodation programs will ensure continuity and a streamlined approach for families as they move forward.


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