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We hope some of these answers to your frequently asked questions will help you to plan and encourage you to visit Maui in the near future. Mahalo!
Which of the Hawaiian Islands are affected by the wildfires?
Wildfires have mainly affected Lahaina in West Maui. West Maui communities north of Lahaina have begun reopening to visitors again, however please be mindful that some hotels are still housing their employees and families, evacuees, and first responders., Governor Green, Maui County Mayor Bissen, and federal agencies have all assured the public that no wildfire disaster survivors will be displaced as a result of this reopening. We advise travelers to check with the individual accommodations in West Maui for their reopening plans.
Other areas on Maui (including Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pā‘ia, and Hāna) and the islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Lāna‘i, and Hawai‘i Island remain unaffected. We urge visitors to be especially mindful and respectful in our island home as our community continues through this tragedy.
How do I respectfully travel to Maui right now?
Our communities are still healing from the disaster we have experienced. Respectfully visiting Maui right now means visiting with aloha and empathy. Expect to wait longer than normal for food or other services. Have compassion for those you interact with as trauma may greatly affect people’s behavior right now. Approach conversations mindfully and be sensitive as to avoid triggering memories that survivors may not be ready to share. Instead, please allow Maui residents to open up to you, if they choose. Mahalo for your understanding.
Respectful travel also includes the following: staying away from Lahaina out of respect for the town’s residents who are still grieving and healing, supporting and buying local, participating in a volunteer experience and donating money to those affected.
What can I do on Maui right now?
With the exception of Lahaina, Maui is open, and there is plenty to see and experience. We encourage you to do some research and browse all Things to Do on Maui. There are a multitude of regenerative and voluntourism experiences to participate in during your stay on Maui and to give back to the community while on-island.
Where can visitors find the latest information and updates on the situation?Official channels are the best sources for the latest updates, including the following:
- County of Maui: www.mauinuistrong.info
- Hawai‘i Tourism Authority: www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/maui-recovery
The following recent news articles could also be informative:
- The Points Guy (Dec. 6): “What it’s like visiting Maui after the fires — and is now the right time to head to Hawaii?
- Travel + Leisure (Nov. 28): “9 Tips for Traveling to Maui Responsibly As the Island Recovers From the Wildfire
- The Washington Post (Oct. 23): “5 ways to be a good visitor on Maui as tourism reopens”
- The New York Times (Oct. 8): “West Maui Is Reopening. Here’s What Travelers Should Know”
If I cancel my trip to Maui, what options do I have?
If you decide to cancel your already booked trip to Maui during this time, we encourage you to consider the following:
- Visit another one of our Hawaiian islands: Hawaiʻi Island, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi
- Consider supporting one of the organizations helping those who were affected by the devastating wildfires. To do so, please click here.
- Shop Maui owned business online from the comfort of your own home. To do so, please see our Shop Local page.
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