This post was updated on Aug. 24
A dry summer and strong winds from a nearby hurricane are the cause of destructive wildfires that affected the Hawaiian Islands of Maui and the Big Island beginning on Aug. 8. The wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, displacing thousands of residents.
In response, NAHB is working closely with the BIA of Hawaii to meet the needs of members who are affected by storms and to provide resources to help them rebuild. The BIA of Hawaii has set up a fund to accept grants and donations. NAHB members, HBAs and others looking to help support rebuilding efforts in fire-affected Maui are encouraged to donate at hbifoundation.org/.
For those looking to support the relief effort, there are several local disaster relief designated funds to aid and support the communities hardest hit by the wildfire.
- The Hawaii Community Foundation - Maui Strong Fund (HCF) is providing resources that can be deployed quickly. HCF is working in close collaboration with state and county leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and philanthropists to get a clear understanding of the quickly evolving priorities in the community. Funding will support shelter, food, financial assistance, and other services.
- Maui Food Bank is collecting and distributing food to help the hungry and displaced residents in Maui County.
- Maui Humane Society is supporting shelters for displaced people and animals and caring for any injured animals from the wildfire.
- Maui United Way Disaster Relief Fund has been set up to provide direct relief to families and support nonprofits directly affected by the wildfires.
NAHB will continue to keep members informed of resources or information as it becomes available.