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How To Help Maui From Wherever You Are

By November 4, 2023 No Comments
Haleakala Sunrise

Sunrise from Haleakala summit.

3 Ways You Can Help When You’re in Maui and from Afar

In some ways, it feels like a long time has passed since the August 8, 2023 fires that destroyed much of Lahaina and parts of Upcountry Maui. We’ve all experienced so much change since then. However, in very real and tangible ways, the recovery process is only just beginning for Maui residents, and will take years to come. This is why it’s so important to keep the aloha for Maui coming from far and wide. Here are Auntie’s recommendations for 3 ways you can still help Maui, whether you’re far away or if you can make it to Maui to help out in person. 

#1. Donate, donate, donate.

There are a lot of nonprofit organizations helping Maui residents with everything from small day-to-day necessities to housing and future plans. They all need funding to keep going for the long haul of Maui’s recovery. Here are some top reputable organizations to consider.

This is not an exhaustive list. There are many more local and larger nonprofits working to help Maui that could definitely use your help. Just be sure to research any nonprofit thoroughly before donating, so you know your donation will help those who need it. 

#2. Visit Maui

ekomomai10 coupon codeSince the fires, Maui has seen a drop in tourism close to covid-era lows. Our island economy depends upon visitors in so many ways, and most of Maui is open for business. So, if you’ve been thinking of coming to Maui, please do! 

Our beautiful South Side is far from the burn areas and a wonderful option for your stay. Auntie Snorkel Kihei is open 7:30am-5pm every day to help you enjoy some beach and ocean time, plus help you navigate what activities are open and when. 

Also, as of November 1, all of West Maui (except for Lahaina town’s burned area) is officially welcoming visitors once again. Napili and Kapalua are wonderful areas with lots to explore and that will heartily welcome your stay. Ka’anapali is open as well, however, be mindful that thousands of displaced Lahaina residents are staying in this area and in the healing process. Give us a call at Auntie Snorkel in Lahaina Gateway Center for the latest advice: 808-298-3021.

#3. Volunteer

If you can make it to Maui, please consider using just a little of your time to help in a hands-on way. So many of our local groups need extra hands every day. Here are a few of them to consider. 

Again, this list is by no means a complete one, but rather intended as a starting point to inspire you to give a few hours of your time to help Maui’s residents and pets recover while you’re here. We guarantee you’ll be glad you did. 

All of Maui has been affected in some way by the fires of August 8. The tips we’ve offered here are just some of the best ways you can be a part of helping Maui heal and move into the future stronger than ever. We’re all so grateful for the love you show Maui, our beloved home, and likely your home away from home. We hope to see you soon!

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About Mark Noble

Auntie Snorkel shop has been serving Maui’s fun seekers for over 33 years, established in 1985. We are the original South Maui Snorkel Shop. When I bought the shop ten years ago from Auntie we decided to keep the name. The name Auntie is a term of respect here in Hawaii. I am living my dream. I get to meet awesome people from all over the world and share with them my love and knowledge of this magical island I get to call home. We know all the spots. I have lived here since 2001. We are the true definition of a family owned and operated shop. I answer the phones and work the shop along with my family. When you shop with us you are supporting my ohana and for that I thank you!! Why go anywhere else? We are the friendliest, fastest, cheapest and our location is the most epic! Mahalo and Aloha.

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