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Re: Ship has been here many times
« Reply #1 on: Aug 09, 2023, 06:32 PM »
A beautiful place. Lahaina in Hawaii.

https://apnews.com/article/hawaii-wildfire-maui-dora-winds-ec23c16abfbeb6ba689f1a98263720db
This is such a sad thing to hear.   

My family is devastated to hear this news as well. We all visited Maui last year and spent a lot of our time in Lahaina and to know that most of the places we visited are now in flames is unimaginable.

Our thoughts are with the people who are on Maui now, especially the shop owners, restaurant owners and employees who we encountered last year.
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Lahaina Fire Disaster (Re: Ship has been here many times)
« Reply #2 on: Aug 14, 2023, 01:44 AM »
Hello all,

Mel here from Hawaii. I live in Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. Lahaina is 85 miles away from Honolulu on the island of Maui. I am sure most of you know that, given that Lahaina was a stop on QEII voyages to Hawaii.

The fire was totally destructive as many of you have learned. As of last night, the growing death toll is at 93 with about a thousand people unaccounted for, most of them residents. All of the historic district on Front Street and nearby was destroyed by the firestorm that erupted late Tuesday afternoon. There were no warnings, with many people only having a few minutes to flee from their homes and businesses.

The most pressing needs are for food, water, basic supplies and in the long term a place to stay. I think several thousand people are without homes now. Lahaina had a population of about 13,000. Power has been out since last Tuesday and the water is not safe to drink.

The process of recovery will be long, perhaps lasting for many years. The impact to Hawaii's economy may be dire for some sectors. The island of Maui is definitely impacted.

Officially the entire west side of Maui is closed to all visitors. That includes Lahaina, Kaanapali and other places nearby. Central Maui is open - Kahului, Wailuku, Iao, and into Hana and to the top of Haleakala.

Cruise ship itineraries have been changed to skip Maui island for at least the next month or so. The airports are open, though tourists are not being encouraged to visit. All the other islands are open for business. What state leaders don't want to happen is for people to get the impression that all of Hawaii is closed down. The other islands are open for business as usual.
 
People interested in donating to relief and recovery efforts in Lahaina and other areas impacted by wildfires on Maui (Kihei, Kula) can go to this link for a list of places taking donations or items or better yet, funds.
 
https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/08/help-maui-fire-victims-heres-how-you-can-donate/

The link goes to the Honolulu Civil Beat website, a source for news information. The above links to several other sites that are actually taking the donations. Here is Civil Beat's main link where you can read a lot about the disaster and other news from Hawaii:

https://www.civilbeat.org
 
I compiled a list of videos from various sources on YouTube that you can watch to catch up with all of the news and people's story surrounding the disaster.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBw082_lsokIHFthx7vqU2sQZLVoDnxJw

I intend to update the video links whenever I can. I hope this helps.

Aloha from Hawaii....

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Re: Ship has been here many times
« Reply #3 on: Aug 14, 2023, 09:31 AM »
Thank you Mel for that clear and helpful post.

All our thoughts are with everyone affected by this.
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Re: Ship has been here many times
« Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2023, 09:43 AM »
Thanks Mel for your update on this disastrous event that has killed so many people and left islanders without a home and possessions.  My thoughts are with the survivors and those who have lost loved ones. 

Appreciate the links to donate to funds to help those affected plus the list of videos. 


 
.......People interested in donating to relief and recovery efforts in Lahaina and other areas impacted by wildfires on Maui (Kihei, Kula) can go to this link for a list of places taking donations or items or better yet, funds.
 
https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/08/help-maui-fire-victims-heres-how-you-can-donate/

The link goes to the Honolulu Civil Beat website, a source for news information. The above links to several other sites that are actually taking the donations. Here is Civil Beat's main link where you can read a lot about the disaster and other news from Hawaii:

https://www.civilbeat.org
 
I compiled a list of videos from various sources on YouTube that you can watch to catch up with all of the news and people's story surrounding the disaster.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBw082_lsokIHFthx7vqU2sQZLVoDnxJw

I intend to update the video links whenever I can. I hope this helps.

Aloha from Hawaii....


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Re: Lahaina Fire Disaster (Ship has been here many times)
« Reply #5 on: Aug 14, 2023, 09:06 PM »
Dear Mel,

Thank you so much for giving us the news directly from Hawaii.

Our thoughts go out to all suffering in this terrible catastrophe. It is good to know that you are not directly affected -- although the distance of 83 miles will seem small in an event such as this.

Please stay in touch and let us know more as events unfold -- particularly as regards visiting cruise ships and related shipping matters.