County officials offer details on resident, contractor access in the impact zone

County of Maui officials provided updated details regarding resident and contractor access in the Lahaina impact zone, previously called the disaster zone. For residents with vehicle passes who have a temporary building permit for a temporary dwelling (such as an ADU, camper, trailer, etc.) and are living onsite while they are rebuilding their permanent home within the impact zone, access is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset recognizes three entities that provided outstanding services after Aug. 8 fires

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset presented its 8th annual Vocational Service Awards to an individual, a non-profit organization, and a local business — all of whom assisted in some way with the recovery in Lahaina immediately after the Aug. 8 wildfire.

Efforts ramp up to transition Maui wildfire displaced families from hotels to interim housing solutions

In a continued effort to support the 200 households (more than 500 individuals) currently residing in Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) hotels, the NCS program has been extended until June 30, 2024.

Gov. Green issues intent to veto 17 bills including legislation for wildfire recovery saying it inadvertently zeroes out funding for affordable housing

Gov. Josh Green, M.D., notified legislative leaders and stakeholders of his intent to veto 17 bills passed by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature during the 2024 session.  The governor has until July 10 to issue final vetoes and all remaining bills will become law by July 10. 

Second County webinar for Lahaina homeowners impacted by wildfires to be held June 27

Lahaina homeowners impacted by the August 2023 wildfire are encouraged to attend the County of Maui Office of Recovery’s second Homeowners Webinar on Thursday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m.

State lawmakers pass bill to give breathing room for wildfire survivors facing evictions

A bill amending Hawaii’s Landlord-Tenant Code would protect wildfire survivor renters from evictions once the governor’s emergency moratorium shielding them expires.

Roadwork in coming weeks will prepare Lahainaluna Road for August reopening

Repairs and installations on County of Maui’s Lahainaluna Road between Honoapiʻilani Highway and Lahaina Bypass will begin in the next several weeks to prepare for the reopening of Lahainaluna Road in August, the County’s Office of Recovery announced.

Recovery centers officially close June 29; Maui Office of Recovery soft opening at Lahaina Gateway July 3

The County of Maui, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Hawaiʻi, announces the official closure of the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and the Community Recovery Center (CRC) effective Saturday, June 29, 2024. In their place, the County of Maui Office of Recovery will be hosting a blessing and soft opening on July 3, 2024 at its new location at Lahaina Gateway.

Report: Community ownership offers solution to land retention following Maui wildfires

The expansion of community ownership of real estate in West Maui is one of the few solutions that promises to make homeownership more accessible and build local families’ wealth following the Aug. 8, 2023, wildfires in Lahaina. That according to findings of a report completed earlier this year by the nonprofit Hawai‘i Land Trust (HILT) and Kahālāwai Consulting LLC. The report studied the threat of accelerated land loss by local families and businesses.

Mixed blessings reported at temporary shelter for post-wildfire homeless people

It’s been a rocky road for Puʻuhonua o Nēnē, a temporary homeless shelter near Kahului Airport that has provided emergency tented shelter for 120 to 130 people nightly since opening last fall within weeks of the Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfire disaster.

Maui Behavioral Health Resources brings Women’s Circle to Central Maui

A new resource for women who have been affected by the Maui wildfire disaster is coming to Central Maui.

Maui County wildfire property owners may transfer home exemption to another property

Maui County property owners, whose homes were destroyed or made uninhabitable by the August 2023 wildfires, have the option to transfer their home exemption to another property they own and are occupying as a principal residence in Maui County, the County of Maui Department of Finance Real Property Assessment Division (RPA) announced Tuesday.

Wednesday Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting to be held at Lahaina Civic Center, June 19

Ed Sniffen, Director of the State Department of Transportation, will provide an update at the meeting. The County Office of Recovery will also provide an update.

Legislation hiking fines for fire safety violations awaits action by Gov. Green

A bill that would allow counties to levy as much as a five-fold increase of monetary fines for fire safety violations is awaiting action by Gov. Josh Green.

Free produce boxes still available for wildfire impacted residents

Free produce boxes for those impacted by the Aug. 8 wildfires are back thanks to partnerships with Common Ground Collective and Lions Club. Pickup is on Fridays through July 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in front of the Pā‘ina Building at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College campus in Kahului. 

Vacation rental phase-out study warns of $1.3 billion hit to Maui’s economy, but glosses over housing for residents

A study funded by a group representing “travel technology innovators,” including short-term rental platforms, is forecasting vast amounts of tax income losses for Maui County if Mayor Richard Bissen’s proposed bill to phase out 7,000 vacation rentals in apartment districts were enacted out to make way for resident housing.

Two Maui mothers publish children’s book to preserve Lahaina history, culture and landmarks

Following the 2023 wildfires that devastated Lahaina, two inspired Maui mothers united to preserve Lahaina’s heritage in a heartfelt and uplifting keepsake children’s book.

Survey: 67% of community prefers original Front Street location as site for rebuild of Lahaina’s King Kamehameha III Elementary

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education today released a report summarizing input and opinions from a series of community feedback opportunities on the rebuild plan for King Kamehameha III Elementary School. A total of 291 community members including faculty/staff, current school family members, alumni, and interested community members completed feedback surveys, delivered via three formats – at a staff/faculty meeting, at an open community meeting, or online. 

Progress with restoration of Lahaina water, wastewater services and other important wildfire recovery updates

Officials shared several important updates for Lahaina residents including: lifting the Unsafe Water Advisory for a portion of Lahaina, amending sewer service status for certain parcels, fully reopening the first disaster zone and assisting with the installation of three mobile outdoor warning sirens.

Delays possible on Honoapiʻilani Hwy. for equipment transport, early June 14

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation advises highway users of traffic slowdowns and possible delays along Honoapi‘ilani Highway (Route 30) and adjacent roadways early Friday morning as heavy equipment will be transported from the Pulehunui Industrial Park to the state’s Ka La‘i Ola temporary group housing site in Wahikuli.
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