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Hawaii wildfires: What you need to know
Global travel favourite Hawaiʻi has been hit by some of the most devastating wildfires ever seen in the United States in recent weeks.
There aren’t many destinations in the world as universally loved as the Aloha State.
If you’re a traveller heading to Hawaiʻi, or you know someone who is, here’s what you need to know.
Where are the fires, and how bad are they?
Wildfires are still currently burning on the island of Maui, particularly in West Mauʻi, including one in Lahaina, a major tourist destination on the island. They have been burning for around two weeks.
Over 100 fatalities have been recorded and losses are estimated at over U.S. $6 billion. The fires have been labelled “the worst natural disaster in the history of Hawaiʻi.”
Can I still go to Maui?
No-one should consider travelling to West Maui.
Travellers are still able to visit other areas of Mauʻi, according to Hawaii Governor Josh Green.
“No one can travel to West Maui right now…but all of the other areas of Maui, and the rest of Hawai‘i are safe,” Governor Green said.
“When you come, you will support our local economy and help speed the recovery of the people that are suffering right now.”
Hawaii Tourism is advising travellers to continue visiting the areas of Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pāʻia and Hāna, as well as the other Hawaiian Islands of Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island.
Is there any way I can help?
Paying heed to the areas you are advised not to visit is the most important thing any travellers to Mauʻi can do, as well as treating with the island and it’s people with an appropriate understanding of the situation. Around 2,000 people are sheltering at the Kahului Airport on Mauʻi, which remains open.
Visit mauistrong.info for information on where you can make financial donations to support wildfire relief.
Where can I get more information?
The State of Hawaiʻi website is constantly updating with information and news on the wildfires.
The Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website is always a solid choice for travel information for Australian travellers.