Hawaii Wildfire Relief

August 2023 – December 2024
Last updated: May 2024

All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) is responding to the devastating series of wildfires that ripped through Maui, Hawaii, in August 2023. Alongside meeting the critical needs of those impacted, we are exploring avenues to provide sustained long-term support for communities recovering from the wildfires.

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Our Work

Since being contacted by the Hawaii Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (Hawaii VOAD), AHAH’s initial response was to provide remote support, coordinating volunteers for local organizations – ensuring vital housing and resources were available for evacuees and internally displaced persons in the aftermath of the wildfires. Now, operating from the community of Lahaina, on Maui, AHAH is addressing the critical needs of those impacted.

Nāpili Noho is a community hub initiated by Lahainan families to support those impacted by wildfires. What began as a small operation of “families helping families” in Nāpili Park has evolved into a large, vital resource distribution and essential services center involving new daily teams of volunteers. Still run by the same core team, the hub offers essential supplies like food, clothing and blankets, along with services such as job and benefits assistance, childcare, tutoring and access to computers and the internet. AHAH’s efforts since arriving have involved supporting the work of Nāpili Noho, both with volunteer coordination and the distribution of essential items. In this way, we ensure our work is not only influenced by the community but authentically owned by them.

In conjunction with our work at Nāpili Noho, our team continues to explore avenues to support the long-term recovery needs of those impacted. With over 2,200 buildings destroyed in Lahaina alone, there is a vast need for home, school and community center rebuilds. With hotels and resorts now moving temporarily-housed individuals out, the demand for housing is urgent. We are addressing the housing crisis by building temporary multi-purpose units for folks awaiting their permanent homes, hoping to expand our outreach as we deliver more units.

Current Activities

This past month, All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) delivered six multi-purpose units (MPUs) to individuals awaiting permanent housing, allowing families to stay together and easing the burden on their hosts. Some of the recipients even joined AHAH on-site to help build more MPUs. Each MPU accommodates up to four people, enabling families to stay together in these new temporary building structures. We are continuing our partnership with Hua Momona Farm Foundation, a local nonprofit providing hot meals and fresh local produce to underserved Maui communities, where we have supported the serving of 1,000 meals weekly.

Community Member Spotlight

Kaipo Kekona is a Maui resident and Lahaina local supporting his community through his steadfast contributions to Nāpili Noho. The day after the fire’s devastation in Lahaina, Kaipo knew he had to help his neighbors in need. He wasted no time in harvesting his farm’s crops and cooking meals out of his home. Together with his family, they served their community over 160 meals that day.

Disaster Profile

High winds caused by Hurricane Dora, low humidity and a high-pressure system created terrible fire conditions in Hawaii, igniting multiple wildfires in August 2023. The wildfires have left towns in ruins, and with the death toll at 115, they mark the deadliest wildfires in the U.S. in over a century. The estimated damage totals approximately $5.6 billion, with over 2,200 structures destroyed. Of these, 86% were residential, leaving 4,500 people internally displaced and temporarily relocated to hotels for shelter.

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