Maui Response

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Dear Friend,

 

We’re left shattered by the recent fires across Maui and the destruction of the historic town of Lāhainā, the former capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The Lāhainā fire is now considered the deadliest “U.S.” wildfire in over 100 years. We are with you in your grief and anger at this devastation, and hold those impacted in our hearts.

 

Below you’ll find resources to support Maui and take action.

 

The fires are a so-called “natural” disaster but have root causes in colonization, militarism, and the extractive tourism industry. Climate change puts the Hawaiian Islands at the edge of disaster from intensifying storms and sea-level rise to drought that sparks wildfires. 

 

But the story of these fires goes back further: when colonial plantations and ranches were brought to Maui in the 19th century, settlers destroyed the native ecosystem by clearing wetlands, rerouting irrigation, and introducing invasive grasses. Years later, Lāhainā residents are bearing the consequences of this colonial legacy [1].

 

Currently, the tourism industry monopolizes the economy and exploits locals, including immigrant Filipino workers [2]. Elected leaders have prioritized diverting limited water resources to tourists in hotels and golf courses, at the cost of residents and the environment [3].

 

The U.S. military contributes to this degradation through carbon emissions, pollution, and the seizing of land for military installations. 

 

These issues were made worse by mismanagement across political leadership. Maui officials failed to use the largest siren system in the world as the fires spread, preventing residents from evacuating in time [4]. In the wake of the fires, Native Hawaiians have led relief efforts in the face of bureaucratic red tape and slow responses from the government [5].

 

At many points throughout history, people in power have failed to honor Native Hawaiian life and land. But, no matter where we are located, we can show up in solidarity today.

 

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Maui Aloha: The Peopleʻs Response is dedicated to providing a safe and trusted conduit to move kōkua (help) quickly in support of community organizers and organizations already engaged in this work, on the ground.

Led by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. Donations received will go to Maui-based relief efforts for Native Hawaiian orgs, small businesses, ‘ohana, and cultural groups.

Hawai‘i Alliance for Progressive Action champions social, economic, and environmental justice throughout Hawaiʻi. They have put together a comprehensive list of resources, including vetted mutual aid funds, disaster response resources, local volunteer opportunities, and more. 

‘Āina Momona is a community organization dedicated to achieving environmental health and sustainability through restoring social justice and Hawaiian sovereignty. They are working with community members on the ground to provide immediate funds to verified GoFundMe fundraisers and Venmo fundraisers to families who lost their homes in the wildfires. 

 

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Kāko’o Haleakalā’s mission is to protect and preserve the land and native species of the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

Āina Momona is a community organization dedicated to achieving environmental health and sustainability through restoring social justice and Hawaiian sovereignty.

Hawai‘i Alliance for Progressive Action champions social, economic, and environmental justice throughout Hawaiʻi.

An ahupua’a based citizen disaster response team providing real time links to resources and needs

 

The fight against climate disaster, driven by corporate greed and colonization, is a long one. We must all show up in this moment of crisis and in the rebuilding that is coming.

 

As the state is in a time of grief and recovery, please follow the requests of Native Hawaiians to not travel to Hawai‘i. 

 

Together, we can transform this tragedy into a chance to protect Maui’s lands and return to Native Hawaiian stewardship.

 

In solidarity,

Kari, Turner, Irma, Leyen, Sharmin, Brenda, and Charlene – the 18MR Team

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