With the Maui wildfire death toll at 115, dozens still confirmed missing and thousands now homeless, groups from across the globe—including many from the travel industry—have stepped up fundraising efforts to get needed assistance to the affected areas.
Hospitality professional and Lahaina native Gigi Cabrera, for one, has started Lahaina Relief Efforts, with scores of other industry partners following suit. As Cabrera notes, funds are heading directly to those affected by the tragedy, providing for the distribution of food, water and other essential supplies.
June Pagdilao, DoS at the Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau, lost his home and everything but the shirt he was wearing. Luckily his wife and grown children are unharmed, but some other family members were not that fortunate. Here is a fund to help this family directly: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-pagdilao-family-recovery-from-lahaina-fire
A number of the SongDivision team are based in Maui, including Marsha Sharpe, who is also a Maui Food Bank board member and has been volunteering her time since the fires started. In a recent interview, she emphasized the need for continued support and donations to maintain the level of help needed to recover from these devastating events. To find out how you can help them, the Maui Food Bank (see below).
Orgs Stepping up to Help with Maui Wildfires
Differing sectors of Hawaii have sprung into action to collect relief funds, including the state’s fabled surf industry. “The impact on thousands of lives has been significant, and the road to rebuilding their homes and livelihoods will undoubtedly be arduous and lengthy,” says a spokesperson for the Surf Industry Members Association (SIMA), which has started its own relief campaign, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund.
Meanwhile the Assistance Center at the Hawaii Convention Center has been relocated to the Keehi Lagoon Memorial at 2685 N. Nimitz Highway in Honolulu, operated in partnership with the American Red Cross to support those evacuated from Maui due to the wildfires.
Also partnering with the American Red Crossis is travel company Intrepid, which has launched an emergency appeal through The Intrepid Foundation, matching donations up to $50,000 USD to support immediate relief efforts. Those interested in donating can do so here: Hawaii Wildfire Appeal.
Following are organizations accepting donations for Maui residents and rebuilding:
This story first ran in prevuemeetings.com