September 05, 2023
Mahalo for support in Maui rebuild fundaiser
Hawaiians in Aotearoa are holding fundraising events to help with the restoration of fire-ravaged communities on Maui.
A month after wildfires swept through historic Lahaina, authorities say fires there are 100 percent contained, but residents are still not allowed to return to the disaster area.
They’re still working to contain fires in Kula and Olinda.The death toll remains at 115, and 385 people are still missing.
Auckland-based Keonilei Fairbanks Lealiifano says the Maui Strong fundraisers are a way for people to meet, hear stories, share cultures and support Hawaiian whānau affected by the tragedy.
“There’s such gratitude for the out-pouring of aloha and all that in this really hard time – they’re so lifted by the messages, the aloha that’s shown all around the world. So maholo e ko …e ko Aotearoa.
Future events will be advertised and donations can be made to the Maui Strong website at hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maui-strong.