I created this website as a little side project before departing on vacation to Maui. I figured that it’d be fun to log the events of my trip and share them here when I returned. Little did I know then that I’d be writing my perspective of a historically significant event.

By sharing these observations as thoroughly as possible, I hope to help provide some answers for those who were there, and create a better understanding of what occurred for those who were not.

My purpose for writing now has expanded. Though I want to tell you about what I saw and experienced, what I want to convey even more is my deep appreciation for the immense generosity of the Maui people.

Wikipedia defines Aloha as “the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy.” ʻOhana is a Hawaiian term meaning "family".

For a week in Maui, I saw the strength and consolidarity of the island 'Ohana and felt the inviting embrace of the Aloha spirit.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023.

We woke up to no electricity in our rental unit. We were staying near Napili in Maui, only a few miles north of Lahaina.

Map - Rental Unit Location

Being tourists, we had very few supplies. Incredibly, we actually traveled toward Lahaina during the fire in search of food; not because we were being insensitive in the face of catastrophe but because the ambiguity of the situation on the ground left us totally ignorant to the significance of the event occurring before us.

Lahaina Fire - Smoke

I want to share with you an account of the events that led to that moment and followed it.

But, more, I want to convey the immense generosity that I experienced from the kind people of Maui.