Uniting for Recovery: State, Federal, and Local Support
Wildfires are a recurring issue in many parts of Hawaii, including Maui, due to factors such as dry weather, strong winds, and the presence of flammable vegetation. Maui’s most recent wildfire created significant impacts on the local communities, particularly the community of Lahaina, in addition to effecting the island’s ecosystems and environment. The devastating Lahaina fire caused the residents to evacuate their homes and community with heartbreaking loss of life and property damage. The response to the wildfire has brought assistance from state and federal resources as well as Hawaii locals and businesses.
In response to the fire, Hawaii Dream Realty LLC worked to accommodate evacuees and pulled blankets, sheets, towels, and pillows from our ready storage for drop-off donation to those in dire need. We continue to do smaller actions such as attending Lahaina charity events as we mourn the losses and mend our hearts. As a guest to Oahu, you may consider an island hop to Maui. The Maui community needs your support too.
Island-Hopping for a Cause: Supporting Maui’s Communities
More recently in speaking with a Maui resident from Kihei, aside from the staggering list of missing family and friends, she expressed concern for the remaining communities of Maui. Maui, much like Oahu, is economically dependent on tourism. Visitors contribute to the prosperity of many small businesses and restaurants that cannot be sustained by the local residents alone. Taking a short flight from Oahu to Maui gives you a taste of the island-hopping experience, allowing you to see more of Hawaii’s unique landscapes and cultures. While Oahu is known for its bustling city life, historical sites, and famous Waikiki Beach, Maui offers a more relaxed and natural environment and is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and the famous Road to Hana. The Road to Hana is a scenic drive that takes you through picturesque vistas, exotic flora, and numerous waterfalls.
Planning Your Visit: Making the Most of Your Short Trip to Maui
While Oahu and Maui offer distinct experiences, combining a visit to both islands can provide a more comprehensive appreciation of Hawaii’s diversity and natural beauty while helping the Maui community recover from the wildfire. Keep in mind that travel logistics, such as flights and accommodations, should be planned in advance to make the most of your short trip to Maui.
If you plan to visit Haleakalā for sunrise, you are required to make a reservation in advance. These reservations can be made through the official Haleakalā National Park website. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance of your visit. They tend to fill up quickly, so it’s recommended to book as early as possible, especially if you’re planning to visit during peak tourist seasons.