Mid-Pacific’s Response to the Lahaina Wildfires

Maui family walks away from the wildfires
Maui family walks away from the wildfires
Emily Gorokhovsky

Though based on a different island, the minds of the Mid-Pacific community are on the recent events of Maui.

On Aug. 8, wildfires swept across the towns of Lahaina, Kihei, Puʻukoliʻi / Kaʻanapali, and Kula. The fires are currently suspected to have started after an electric pole was blown down by the strong winds of the passing Hurricane Dora.

The current death toll is recorded at 111, but the number is likely as high as 10 times more, as locals reported over 1,000 are missing or unidentified.

With the disaster, the Mid-Pacific community has taken it upon themselves to actively plan ways to support Maui.

Dr. Paul Turnbull, Mid-Pacific’s president, in a recent email, has encouraged faculty members to donate to efforts that assist impacted citizens on the island of Maui.

Turnbull plans to keep people updated on any community movement.

“Let’s continue to stand together and show our unwavering solidarity with Maui families during this challenging time,” Turnbull said.

Other teachers have touched on the importance of supporting Maui during these times. 

“It’s good to show community support for the entire state. What affects one island, one community, ultimately affects us all,” Science teacher Sarah Maile Vasconcellos said.

Below are several global charities Turnbull recommends for personal donations.

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