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Hawaii Governor Josh Green urges tourists to return, but not to West Maui

The Islands of Aloha are open and welcoming visitors as normal, apart from West Maui which remains off limits.

More than 110 people died in the devastating West Maui wildfire earlier this month.

Travellers should proceed with their Hawaii holidays but must not go anywhere near the western side of Maui as it continues to assess and recover from devastating wildfires, Hawaii Governor Josh Green has said.

Speaking alongside U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington D.C., Governor Green emphasised the need for travellers to avoid the western side of Maui, including Lahaina, N?pili, K??anapali, and Kapalua, for the foreseeable future as a mark of respect to those who lost homes and businesses in the recent disaster.

“No one can travel to West Maui right now,” Governor Green said, citing his sixth emergency proclamation from 19 August which remains in effect and bans all non-essential travel to West Maui.

“We will share when that is possible again. Only returning residents and authorised emergency relief workers should come here now.

Governor Green said Maui as a whole was not off limits, with Kahului, Wailuku, K?hei, Wailea, M?kena, P??ia and H?na) continuing to welcome visitors and provide holidays largely as normal.

The same applies to the other Hawaiian Islands of Kaua?i, O?ahu, L?na?i, Moloka?i and Hawai?i Island, which were unaffected by the fires.

“But all of the other areas of Maui… and the rest of Hawai‘i are safe,” Governor Green said.

“When you come, you will support our local economy and help speed the recovery of the people that are suffering right now.”

Travellers can click here for the latest information and updates on emergency management and recovery information, along with ways to help the people of Maui.

How to help

Anyone wanting to make donations to help communities and families recover on Maui can do so through the Maui Strong Fund established by the Hawai'i Community Foundation. The link can be accessed here.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 23 August 2023

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