Maui Fires: How to find missing, how to help, what you need to know
HONOLULU (KHON2) — With much of historic Lahaina town either burned to the ground or severely damaged, the impacts keep changing as recovery efforts continue.
The latest fatality count is 53, according to Maui County.
People are searching for loved ones and the world wants to know how to help.
How to find lost or separated loved ones
The American Red Cross is acting as the clearinghouse to reunite families. Family members can call 1-800-RED-CROSS for help.
A Maui woman has created an alphabetical spreadsheet of those lost or separated. The list is public and can be found on this website.
The Family Assistance Center opens Thursday at the Kahului Community Center for family members who need assistance in finding loved ones. The center is located at 275 Uhu St. and will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Where are the shelters
There are shelters at Maui Preparatory Academy, Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Maui High School and War Memorial.
The convention center in Honolulu is also prepared to provide shelter to 4,000 people. This includes visitors trying to leave the state and residents who leave Maui.
For those trying to leave Lahaina, the County has a mass bus evacuation scheduled to depart from Whalers Village entry fronting Kāʻanapali Parkway. Additional buses will be added, as needed. Visitors will be taken to the airport and residents will be taken to a shelter in Central Maui.
King’s Cathedral are also accepting evacuees. They ask that people register under the white tents on the Zippy’s side of the complex.
What kind of help is available
The Office of Consumer Protection put a price freeze into effect for the island of Maui. “The price freeze now in effect for the Island of Maui means that commodities must be sold at pre-emergency price levels.” Commodities sold above the pre-emergency price is considered a violation of state law.
Agricultural operations impacted by the wildfires may contact the HDOA’s Agricultural Loan Program on O‘ahu at (808) 973-9458 for more information and to begin the process of applying for low-interest agricultural emergency loans. Loan applicants would need to provide estimates of losses and should document the damage with photos.
A fueling station, available to west side residents, is across from the Kaanapali Ocean Resort.
The DOH Maui Community Health Center, located at 121 Mahalani St., is available for crisis mental health services. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and have expanded their hours to Saturday and Sunday between the same hours. Individuals can contact them at (808) 984-2150 or email [email protected]. Local crisis counselors are also available after hours by calling (808) 832-3100, (800) 753-6879 or call/text/chat 988.
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-box usage to those impacted by the fires. Residents can call the U-Haul of Maui-Kahului at (808) 249-8041.
Mercy Chefs is partnering with Citizen Church Maui to provide meals to those impacted, including first responders and volunteers. The meals will will be provided at 4275 Hine Way. They are also partnering with King’s Cathedral at 777 Maui Veteran’s Highway in Kahului. Members have arrived on Maui, and they said in a news release that they will start serving food as soon as possible.
HMSA was working with CVS to mobilize to get medications to members. They were also arranging travel accommodations, to Oahu, for members who need additional care. Members can call the number on the back of their member card or (855) 298-2491.
Uber partnered with the State to offer discounted fares for evacuees, up to $40, from the Honolulu airport to the convention center. Adding the promo code MAUI23 to the wallet section of the Uber app will apply the discount.
How to help
KHON2 will host a telethon with the American Red Cross on Monday, during Wake Up 2Day, Take2 and Living808. The telethon, Malama Maui, will begin at 5 a.m. and run until 10 a.m.
Gofundme has created a list of verified fundraisers. Those relief fundraisers can be found on their Maui hub page.
On Wednesday, Maui County advised that donations of non-perishable food, bottled water and blankets can be dropped off at the War Memorial complex.
The Maui Food Bank is accepting online donations on their website.
The Maui Humane Society is in need of assistance as well. They have been taking in injured animals and expect that number to continue to grow as some residents may need to surrender their animals in the coming days. They are asking for the community to: become an SOS foster, donate pet food and other pet items. Those off-island who would like to donate, can visit their Amazon wish list or make monetary donations on the Maui Humane website.
Honolulu Councilmember Augie Tulba is hosting a collection drive on Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 5001 Iroquois Ave. in Ewa Beach. The donations will be sent to Maui on Monday and will be received by Mayor Bissen’s wife, Isabella.
The Hawaii Lions Club is taking donations and have a private donor who will match funds up to $25,000. Visit the Hawaii Lions’ website to help.
Fox 5 San Diego interviewed Andy Mangiduyos who is originally from Lahaina. He owns Kalei’s Kitchenette in Rancho Peñasquitos and is collecting donations for Maui, items such as bottled water, non-perishables and linens. Mangiduyos’ family was also affected by the fires. He found out his family’s home was gone from his siblings. “They said, ‘we’re OK, we’re fine, the kids are fine — but the house is not there anymore.’”
According to Fox 5, San Diego-based MMA fighter and Hawaii native, Ilima Macfarlane is also accepting donations through her non-profit known as the Nā Wahine Toa Foundation.
Many organizations are assisting Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong fund. Online donations can be made on the HCF website.
Maui Divers Jewelry announced that they will be donating 100% of their online profits to the Hawaii Red Cross until Aug. 15. Visit their website to shop.
The Pacific Missile Range Facility has setup collection points on base as well as outside their NEX entrance. They said the items most in need are: non-perishable food, rice, batteries and flashlights, toiletries, blankets, clothing and shoes, and children’s toys.
King’s Cathedral is accepting water, toiletries, baby formula, diapers, wipes, blankets, pillows, towels, tents, men’s clothing and slippers. The donation center is located at the front entry.