Lahaina, Hawai'i, as it appeared on Aug. 12, 2023, after the devastating wildfire destroyed the Hawaiian city of 13,216, leaving over 90 people dead. (YouTube screenshot from NBC News)

The devastation of the wildfires that impacted the island of Maui is most evident in the city of Lahaina. The death toll has pushed past 90 people and is expected to rise in the coming weeks as recovery efforts continue.

In a statement to media outlets, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said “in the weeks ahead, the collective resources and attention of the federal, state and county government, the West Maui community, and the travel industry must be focused on the recovery of residents who were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses.”

Maui County estimates more than 80 percent of the more than 2,700 structures in the town were damaged or destroyed and 4,500 residents are newly in need of shelter.

There are numerous critical needs for the residents who have been displaced, many living in temporary shelters. Randy M. Soriano, the executive director of Hawai‘i LGBT Legacy Foundation, Honolulu Pride and the LGBTQ Center Honolulu on the island of Oahu is asking for assistance.

“Mahalo for checking in. It has been a devastating week for the entire state of Hawai’i. Our hearts go out to those who have experienced such a tremendous loss. Our organization is located on the island of Oahu so we’re fortunate to not have been directly affected but we’re trying to activate as much aid as possible,” Soriano wrote in a Facebook post.

“Below I’ve included information on local partners that are collecting donations for those in Maui,” he noted:

“The Maui Strong Fund is providing resources that can be deployed quickly, with a focus on rapid response and recovery for the devastating wildfires on Maui.

HCF will not be collecting a fee for donations to the Maui Strong Fund; 100 percent of the funds will be distributed for community needs.

Please consult the following links for more information. If you still have questions, contact Donor Services at or (808) 566-5560.

Our hearts go out to our Maui ‘ohana. Please donate to one of our trusted partners, and”

On the Big Island of Hawai’i the Prizma Hawaiʻi LGBTQ+ Center wrote:

Notice and Request for Volunteers: Prizma Hawaiʻi LGBTQ+ Center and Hawai’i Island LGBTQ+ Pride will partner to participate in the “Hawaiʻi County Task Force for Maui Recovery Assistance.”

“Please share any upcoming details that we will be posting with our Island Ohana so we can help Maui during their recovery.

We are asking for volunteers to help be at the Prizma Hawaiʻi LGBTQ+ Center to accept donations during the times of 5 p.m. -8 p.m. throughout the week and weekend times from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Please message our page or contact Beverly Tese to help fill in spots. Any other non-profits that would like to partner please reach out as well. We will post a calendar of dates and times very soon.

Thank you for supporting us to help Maui,

Prizma Hawaiʻi LGBTQ+ Center Committee.”


Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and Maui United Way are accepting online monetary donations to benefit Maui residents affected by fires.

The Hawaiʻi Community Foundation started a Maui Strong Fund to support residents affected by the wildfires:

Maui United Way is accepting donations to its Maui Fire and Disaster Relief fund at

People trying to locate loved ones who may be impacted by the fires can call the American Red Cross hotline at 1-800-733-2767.

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