Maui Wildfire Updates & Information

Posted by Island Sotheby's International Realty on Monday, August 14th, 2023 at 12:57pm

August 31st:

Please review this useful article from Hawaii Business Magazine, by NOELLE FUJII-ORIDE on

How to Replace Important Documents and Access Financial Aid After a Disaster

What residents and businesses impacted by the Maui wildfires should know about ordering replacement documents and applying for federal assistance. Plus, a list of local financial institutions offering emergency relief. Click here for a printable pdf version with QR codes.


In the midst of this crisis, we are relieved to report that all agents and staff at Island Sotheby's International Realty are safe though we have all been greatly affected by the profound loss of life and community. This first (almost) week now, it has been all hands on deck to coordinate aid and supplies to the affected areas and to disseminate accurate and useful information to our associates, friends, and clients. Please find below news, information, and links to help survivors and donors connect to the services they require.

Latest news about the Maui Wildfire Disaster

August 16th:

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Hawai‘i on Monday, August 21, to observe the impact of the Maui fires and join the state in mourning the devastating loss of life and land that has occurred across the island, as well as to discuss next steps in the recovery efforts. While on the ground, the President, First Lady, and Governor Josh Green, M.D., will meet with first responders, survivors, and federal, state, and local officials. Read entire press release.

Following the opening of the Lāhāina Bypass on Aug. 15, 2023, the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) began installing dust screens around Lāhainā Town. The dust screens will reduce the spread of potentially hazardous materials across the roadways. This measure is being taken to protect highway users along Honoapiʻilani Highway (Route 30) and the Lāhāina Bypass (Route 3000). Read entire press release.

Governor's Video Update


August 15th:

Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing opening Lahaina Satellite Office
The County of Maui Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing’s Lahaina Satellite Office will be available beginning Wednesday, August 16, to assist West Maui residents whose Hawaiʻi driver’s licenses or Hawaiʻi State Identification cards have been lost or destroyed by wildfires.

The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read entire press release.

Governor Green announces opening of road to Lahaina
 Josh Green today announced that after direct discussions with Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen; Maui County Fire and Public Safety Department Chief Bradley Ventura; Maui County Police Chief John Pelletier, and Dual Status Commander of Joint Task Force-50 Brigadier General Stephen Logan, the road to Lahaina, Honoapiʻilani Highway at Maʻalaea, will open starting at 6 tonight, Aug. 15, 2023, to West Maui residents, first responders and West Maui employees.

Wednesday, Aug.16, 2023, the road to Lahaina will open to all motorists daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Access from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. will be limited to West Maui residents, first responders and West Maui employees.

Road to Lahaina Schedule – Starting Wednesday:

  • Open daily for all motorists 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Late-night access from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. will be limited to West Maui residents, first responders and West Maui employees 

State officials are urging the public to access West Maui only if necessary to live, work, or volunteer. Read entire press release.

Donations of non-perishable food, bottled water and hygiene products are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. near a vacant unit in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center at the Kane Street entrance. The new site is a partnership among the county, Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke and Mahi Pono. Mahi Pono will provide staff for the facility and work under leadership of Salvation Army and Feed My Sheep to coordinate food and supplies distribution. The collection site at War Memorial Complex field off Kanaloa Avenue was closed today, 8/14, in lieu of the new site.

Read Full Update

Watch Press Conference from August 14th

View previous press releases from Maui County


For those directly affected by the fire:

Find resources for Maui Wildfire Relief at

Seeking Shelter. These are the current shelter locations, once you have temporary shelter sign up for the Hawaiʻi Fire Relief Housing program which will assist in connecting those in urgent need of housing due to the Maui fires, with Hawaiʻi homeowners willing to assist by offering unoccupied rooms, units or houses on a temporary basis. 

Offering Shelter.  Please register on the Hawaiʻi Fire Relief Housing program website and if you have a room, unit, or home to offer for displaced individuals and families.

File a claim with your insurance.  Whether you have homeowners or renters insurance, they should be able to get a check to you right away for immediate expenses. In addition, the policy will generally cover temporary shelter for a few months or up to 2 years.

Register with FEMA for disaster assistance. If you don't have insurance, or once you have already filed a claim with your insurance go to to register for federal assistance. Reach FEMA via phone at 800-621-3362.


Support for our Maui Community - How You Can Help

Maui Strong Fund

Realtors Association of Maui Fund - Specify MFD

Maui Food Bank


The recent wildfires in Maui have brought about a concerted effort from various organizations and community members to provide aid and support to those affected. Please check the links below for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

County of Maui

State of Hawaii


Hawaii Emergency Management Agency





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