Fires in Maui spurred multiple evacuations after flames ravaged much of Lahaina town and elsewhere in Kula and Upcountry areas.

Maui County shelters remained open as thousands were displaced in fires that scorched Maui.

The death toll is currently at 97 people.

Gov. Josh Green said the event was “likely the largest natural disaster” in state history. Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke issued a state emergency proclamation early Wednesday.

Fast-moving flames were fueled by the dry winds of a hurricane passing south of the islands. A normal trade wind pattern was restored by Friday and expected to continue through Monday, National Weather Service officials said early Friday in a forecast.

Residents and tourists seek shelter at Maui High School Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Kahului. A large fire consumed the town of Lahaina. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Residents and tourists seek shelter at Maui High School Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Kahului. A large fire consumed the town of Lahaina. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)

Kahului Airport remained open and outgoing flights were available, but officials asked visitors to refrain from traveling to areas affected by wildfire.

Thousands have spent the night in county emergency shelters and organizations across Hawaii have mobilized to help fire victims. Learn more about where you can make donations of cash, food or supplies.

Anyone experiencing an emergency in West Maui was urged to call the Lahaina Police Department at 808-661-4441, as 911 services were not available in the area.

Lahaina did not have landline or cellphone service as of Thursday, but as of Friday, some cell signal was available in West Maui, the county said. People in the area were advised to text message if calls were not going through.

Here’s the latest on Maui road closures, evacuations, shelter openings, efforts to track down displaced fire victims and more.

Maui Fire Containment Latest

Here are Maui County’s most recent containment estimations:

  • Lahaina fire: 89% contained as of Saturday night at 2,170 acres, according to Maui County. No active threats.
  • Olinda fire: 85% contained as of Saturday night at 1,100 acres. No active threats.
  • Kula fire: 80% contained as of Saturday night at 200 acres. No active threats.
  • Pulehu/Kihei fire: 100% contained as of Saturday. Not yet extinguished.

Maui Evacuation Shelters

Emergency shelters have internet connection but do not have items such as bedding and toiletries available for evacuees, according to Maui County. Pet owners must restrain their animals.

The following shelters were open:

  • Kahului: King’s Cathedral Church; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Grace Bible Church.
  • Kihei: South Maui Gymnasium
  • Makawao: Oskie Rice Arena is for farm and ranch animals only.
  • Pukalani: Hannibal Tavares Community Center.
  • Wailuku: War Memorial Complex.
  • Honolulu: Disabled American Veterans (2685 Nimitz Highway location).
A crew of volunteers unloads a flatbed truck of donations readied for anyone in the community that has suffered loss due to the fire. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023)

Maui Evacuee Shuttles

Anyone staying in shelters at the War Memorial Gymnasium, King’s Cathedral and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is able to take a free on-demand shuttle for rides to most Central Maui shopping centers and medical facilities from 8 a.m. until the last pickup at 8 p.m.

Call Roberts Hawaii at 808-871-4838 for reservations, the county said in a statement.

Passengers can only bring items they can carry. Wheelchairs can be accommodated.

Maui Evacuation Orders

Visitors with transportation were asked to leave Maui as quickly as possible, the county said Wednesday.

Maui County fire officials recommended residents of the following areas participate in proactive evacuations:

  • Kula: Holopuni and Pulehi roads.

Evacuations also occurred in the following areas:

  • West side: Lahainaluna Road, Hale Mahaolu, Kelawea Mauka and Lahaina Bypass;
  • Upcountry: Piʻiholo and Olinda roads, Kulalani Drive and Kulalani Circle subdivision; Kula 200 and Hanamu Road areas.

Locating Maui Evacuees

The county has opened a family assistance center for people looking for loved ones who have not been accounted for. Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Recovery Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at 310 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

Immediate family members of missing people are encouraged to visit the center to take a DNA test to assist in identification, the county said. Make an appointment by calling 808-270-7771 or sending an email to FAC@mauicounty.gov. Family members on a neighbor island may call the Federal Bureau of Investigation Honolulu at 808-566-4300 or email HN-COMMAND-POST@ic.fbi.gov.

Anyone searching for a missing loved one may also call the Red Cross at 800-733-2767. For the Red Cross number, press 4, be prepared to follow prompts for the Maui Wildfires, and be ready to leave contact information for someone to call you back. The FBI is also asking people to file a missing persons report at (808) 566-4300 or HN-COMMAND-POST@ic.fbi.gov.

You might check the county’s official list of people who remain unaccounted for or the “Maui Fires People Locator” list that’s been making the rounds on social media — it contains the names of thousands who have been found and have yet to be located. Discussion about these grassroots efforts can be found on this Facebook page.

Maui Housing Services For Evacuees

The state is looking to connect more than 1,000 people and families who lost their homes in the Maui fires with people who have available housing units through its housing relief program.

Applications for renters can be found online. Read FAQs about the program.

More Evacuee Resources

  • The Maui Food Bank is distributing food and goods at King’s Cathedral (777 Maui Veterans Highway) and Calvary Chapel South Maui (320 Ohukai Road, Ste. 420).
  • Health clinics operated by Kaiser Permanente will open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lahaina Gateway Center, Napili Plaza and the Lahaina Civic Center (Lahaina Comprehensive Health), serving everyone at no cost. OB-GYN services are also offered. Full details.
  • Two WiFi trucks with charging stations are located at Napili Park and Honokowai Park.
  • Gasoline is available at Ohana Fuels/Minit Stop (333 Dairy Road) in Kahului and Kahana Gateway Shell (27 Hoohui Road) in Lahaina.

Maui Road Closures

Honoapiilani Highway at Maalaea — the road into Lahaina — was slated to reopen from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Access beyond those hours will be limited to West Maui residents, the county said in a statement.

Expect delays. Some areas are littered with debris and remain without power, though impacted areas remained closed to the public, according to the county.

The state asks people to refrain from entering West Maui unless necessary to live, work or volunteer.

Maui Power Outage Map

There is, generally, no power in Lahaina, though power has been restored to Napili Plaza, Ohana Fuels/Minit Stop and the Kahana Gateway Shell location.

Hawaiian Electric has been incrementally restoring power and most in West Maui have had their power restored.

Get the latest details on power outages on Maui at Hawaiian Electric’s interactive map.

Fire Victim Supply Distribution

The following supply distribution for opportunities were available for Maui fire victims from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (learn where to donate money or goods):

  • Napili Plaza (5095 Napilihau St.). Open 24/7.
  • Lahaina Gateway shopping center (305 Keawe St.). Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Maui School And Bus Closures

  • Lahaina’s four public school campuses remain closed through Aug. 18.
  • Upcountry, South Maui and Central Maui schools will begin phased reopenings this week. More details.
  • Kihei Regional Park Activities. The gym is being used as an evacuation center.
  • All Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Clubhouses.
  • Maui Bus: Lahaina Islander Route #20, Lahaina Villager Route #23, Kaanapali Islander Route #25, and West Maui Islander Route #28; Maui Bus ADA Paratransit Service; Maui Economic Opportunity Human Service Transportation; and Maui Bus Commuter Services.

Maui Water Advisories And Potable Tankers

Maui County has issued unsafe water advisories for people in Lahaina (see map) and Kula (see map). Full details on what this means for residents can be found on the county website.

Water tankers have been set up in the following Upcountry areas, according to the county:

  • Crater Road.
  • Copp Road.
  • Kula Fire Station.
  • Rice Park.
  • Kula Community Center.
  • Keokea.

Water tankers have also been set up in West Maui, according to the county:

  • Puamana Street.
  • Kahoma Village.
  • Lahaina Gateway Shopping Center.
  • Honokohau.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates.

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