Maui Wildfires: Resources for Victims, Community Members, and Allies (Updated 8/17/23)
Maui is home to pristine beaches, sunrises over the Haleakalā, the sacred ʻĪao Valley, and beauty abound — and in this moment, raging wildfires are tearing it apart. The situation in Hawai’i remains dire as those affected by the disaster search for loved ones and look to rebuild what was lost in the blaze. For the Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and residents of Maui, this tragedy has devastated their home.
Our hearts are with the residents of Maui and those affected by the disaster. As the fires unfold across Maui, our community is coming together to show up for our neighbors, siblings, and allies. We urge anyone who can to offer their support or donate to the Maui natives, residents, and frontline heroes working toward recovery and relief.
Where to Donate
- Maui Strong Fund via Hawai’i Community Foundation is providing financial resources that can be deployed quickly, with a focus on rapid response and recovery.
- Maui Fire Disaster Relief
Funds to Support Frontline Heroes
- Hawai’i People’s Fund supports frontline grassroots heroes mobilizing to assist peoples affected by the wildfires on Maui.
- Kākoʻo Maui Donation Campaign is matching all donations up to $1,500,000 to support relief efforts.
General Recovery Effort Funds
Sign up to provide mental health support for frontline workers here (If you can provide services in a different language, please indicate at sign-up)
You do not need to be a mental health professional to volunteer, but we ask that you participate in one of the trainings below:
- Registration is open for a FREE 3-hour Psychological First Aid (PFA) training on zoom Saturday 8/19/23 9am-12pm HST. CEUs provided.
- The full 5-hour interactive training course for Psychological First Aid (PFA) is available on demand.
Resources for Affected Community Members
- Maui Rapid Response (MRR) is a community organization sharing resources and needs of the community. Resources include locations of relief centers, volunteer opportunities, specific requests for victims, and community links. Visit MRR’s Instagram page (@mauirapidresponse) for real time updates.
- Hawai‘i Wildfire Resources Guide via the AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence (aanhpi-ohana.org)
- Maui Mutual Aid Guide
- Maui Memorial Medical Center provides resources for community members looking to receive treatment for fire-related injuries, contact loved ones, reunite with unaccounted for family members, seek mental health treatment, volunteer services, and donate.
- Maui Food Bank offers volunteer opportunities, food collection, shelter, distribution service sites, and donation drop off signups.
- Maui Red Cross
Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health America of Hawai’i
- Mental Health Resources for Maui & Hawai’i Island Wildfire for Victims & Community Members
- Hawai’i Cares Local Crisis Line 1–800–753–6879
- National Crisis Text Line provides 24/7 text support for those in crisis. Text “ALOHA” to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides free 24/7 confidential support for people in distress and provides resources for those in crisis. Call 1–800–273–7255
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) Resource Guide
- 24/7 Virtual Support Room for frontline workers: https://zoom.us/j/88263804569 (meeting PW: 12345)
Free Disaster Legal Hotline Clinics are available for residents of Maui and the Big Island who have been impacted by the wildfires.
- Tuesday: August 15 and August 22
- Wednesday: August 16 and August 23
- Thursday: August 17 and August 24
- TIME: 9:00am — 5:00pm
- CALL: 888–533–2773
If you or someone you know are affected by the Maui wildfires, please consider applying for FEMA assistance.
- FEMA Assistance (available in English, Español, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, and Ōlelo Hawaii)
- Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
- Call: 1–800–621–3362 (Supports relay services; press 3 for language options)
- “Help After a Disaster” Brochures (available in 31 languages)
We will continue to add resources as they become available. If you have any resources to share, please contact Emily Ku, Anti-Hate Response Coordinator at email@example.com.
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