UHERO: ‘Wildfires deliver heavy blow to Maui economy,’ rebuilding challenges detailed

The report shows Maui lost more than $13 million of visitor spending each day in the weeks following the fire. With the planned Oct. 8 reopening of unaffected West Maui resort areas, economists are not anticipating a rush to travel, but a gradual recovery instead.

First residential reentry passes for Lahaina Zone 1C (Kaniau Road) can be picked up Sept. 22-24

Property owners and residents of Zone 1C — Kaniau Road — in Lahaina will be able to pick up vehicle passes for reentry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Schatz calls for additional disaster relief for Maui as government funding deadline nears

With just nine days to go until the Sept. 30 deadline to fund the federal government, US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today spoke on the Senate Floor to call on lawmakers in Congress to pass additional disaster relief funding as part of an appropriations bill.

Hawaiian Electric begins restoration work in Lahaina at request of Maui Emergency Operations Center

The County of Maui through its Emergency Operations Center and Maui Emergency Management Agency has requested this utility work to begin in the upcoming weeks to restore county wastewater pumps that service the area. The work also enables the interim rebuilding of two backup circuits that can reroute power to customers and neighborhoods in the Puamana, Launiupoko to Olowalu area, and mauka of the Lahaina Bypass.

Gov. Green unveils upcoming important dates involving Maui fire recovery

Governor Josh Green highlighted upcoming important dates involving Maui wildfire survivors as the island transitions from response to recovery. Dates include: Sept. 25 reentry begins; Sept. 26 details to be released surrounding a replacement site for Kamehameha III Elementary; Sept. 29 Safe Harbor ends; and Oct. 8 marks the formal reopening of West Maui.

Krank Cycles seeks volunteers to help assemble 400 donated bikes for wildfire survivors

Maui-based Krank Cycles received a donation of 400 new bicycles and is calling on the community to come together on Sept. 23 and help assemble these bikes to be distributed among Maui wildfire survivors.

FHLB Des Moines awards $5 million to support Maui relief efforts

FHLB Des Moines awarded $4 million to the Hawaiʻi Bankers Association who will regrant funds to the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund, the United Way of Maui and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. FHLB Des Moines donated $1 million to the Valley Isle Chapter of the Hawaiʻi Credit Union League, who established the Credit Union Wildfire Relief Fund. This fund provides direct and immediate support to those in need, addressing their most pressing needs at any given time.

Hawaiʻi Red Cross is hiring for long-term Lahaina recovery

The American Red Cross is hiring members of the Maui community for long-term wildfire recovery efforts and has launched a six-day Job Fair in Central Maui.

State Senate to hold field briefing in Lahaina on wildfire related insurance claims, Sept. 28

“Our committee has heard from various neighbors on Maui that they continue to face challenges relating to processing wildfire insurance claims, including home, business, vehicle, and vessel policies,” said Senator Jarett Keohokalole, Chair of the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. The briefing will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Residential return process begins in Lahaina disaster area, first zone identified for reentry

Kaniau Road in Zone 1C will be the first area to be cleared for residential reentry in the Lahaina disaster area, on Monday and Tuesday next week. A vehicle pass will be required for entry, and applications will be distributed on Friday through Sunday at the Lahaina Civic Center during specified hours.

Chief Pelletier to Maui Police Commission: ‘We saved lives’

Chief John Pelletier told the Maui Police Commission the after-action report about the department’s response to the Maui wildfires will be a “dive into what went right, what went wrong and how can we improve. But it is also going to talk about some of the incredible acts that took place.”

One more victim identified by police six weeks after Lahaina wildfire

The Maui Police Department identified one more victim of the Aug. 8 Lahaina fire on Wednesday: Kirk Carter, 44, of Lahaina.

In wake of Maui wildfires, why it’s important to return your SBA loan application

SBA disaster loans may cover losses that are not fully covered by insurance or other sources. The SBA is the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds for survivors.

County of Maui encourages local businesses to register for free listing on MauiNuiFirst.com

The revamped MauiNuiFirst.com website offers businesses an expanded platform to showcase their products, services and activities.

Four Seasons Resort Maui hosting ‘Love for Lahaina’ culinary pop-up events in October

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is hosting a new series of “Love for Lahaina” culinary pop-up events in October to support the hospitality industry and farmers who have been directly affected by the wildfires.

Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation awards $300K to support victims of the Maui fires

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Inc. (Takitani Foundation) has awarded grants totaling $300,000 in memory of Mamoru and Aiko Takitani, founders of Hawaiian Host, manufacturer of Hawaiian Host chocolates. Funding will support victims of the Maui fires and include $150,000 to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, $100,000 to Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, and $50,000 to Maui Preparatory Academy.

Upcountry community meeting tonight on water safety, wildfire-debris management and disaster recovery

Council Vice-Chair Yuki Lei K. Sugimura is hosting a community meeting at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20, to provide updates on water safety, wildfire-debris management and disaster recovery.

Maui mayor announces: Lahaina Advisory Team, community meetings, creation of Office of Recovery

Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen has formed a 5-member Lahaina Advisory Team, announced two public meetings about relief efforts and is in the midst of creating a new Office of Recovery.

State webinar series to provide updates about Maui relief, recovery efforts

The next “Pathways to Recovery” webinar on Sept. 21 will focus on topics such as price freeze, landlord-tenant matters and other items related to consumer protection.

Distance learning hub opens for K-8 in West Maui with 250+ students

More than 250 Lahaina students from King Kamehameha III Elementary, Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary and Lahaina Intermediate attended the opening of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education’s distance learning hub at Citizen Church in Kahana.
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