On August 8th, 2023, wildfires devastated West Maui, resulting in the tragic loss of loved ones, homes, cultural and historical sites. Two months later, West Maui has enacted a phased reopening and is inviting tourists back to the island. While we are encouraging people to come to Maui to stimulate the economy, it’s imperative that visitors are respectful and sensitive about the current conditions on the island. The people here are still recovering from a devastating tragedy, and our team at Epic Realty asks that everyone who visits do so with compassion and consideration.
Wondering how to help Maui recover and rebuild? Visit Maui and help our citizens recover by supporting local businesses, donating, and volunteering your time. Tourism is vital in sustaining local livelihood.
What to Know About Traveling to Maui After the Wildfires
The Hawaiian Government asks that tourists respect the locals and their private space during this time. Read through the Maui Travel Updates and the articles on Maui Now to learn more about current information on visiting the island.
Please watch the videos by the County of Maui, which provides both instruction and messages to visitors traveling here after the fires.
- Do NOT ask locals what they have lost or what happened during the fire
- Do NOT take pictures of the devastation in West Maui, and respect the areas that have been lost. Lahaina is completely closed, and there are police stationed on various parts of the main road to discourage people from pulling over to take pictures
- Adhere to posted signage and instructions
- Many families who have lost their homes are staying in the resort areas. As you share this space, please show the locals kindness and compassion
What Can You Do to Help Maui?
Support Local Maui Businesses
The best way to help Maui during this time is to shop locally to help us stimulate the economy. Maui Nui First offers a comprehensive list of local businesses where you can eat, play, and shop. Please come and enjoy all of what Maui has to offer, including excellent restaurants, wildlife, ocean activities, hiking, surfing, snorkeling, and some of the best beaches in the world. Tourism is vital in sustaining local livelihood, and we need your help to recover!
Volunteer and Donate
The road to recovery has just begun; please consider volunteering your time while visiting Maui. Maui Nui Strong offers helpful resources on volunteer opportunities and ways to donate. Donate funds to help provide direct relief to impacted families.
Book Your Trip to Maui with Epic Realty and Help the Island Recover
Epic Realty invites you to help Maui and its citizens recover by respectfully visiting the island and supporting local businesses. Browse our West Maui condo rentals today, and please feel free to call us at 808-346-3136 with any questions. We look forward to hosting your stay!
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