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Hawaii Governor sets reopening date for visitors to return to fire-affected Maui

Governor Josh Green has declared most of the affected region will reopen to visitors from 8 October.

Most parts of Maui are ready to welcome visitors once again.

Travellers are being urged to plan their return to parts of Western Maui and support local hotels, restaurants, attractions and other businesses with their tourism dollars following last month’s devastating wildfires.

In a statewide address, Hawaii Governor Josh Green said the West Maui communities of K?'anapali, N?pili, Honok?wai, and Kapalua will fully reopen on 8 October, two months after horrific wildfires claimed more than one-hundred lives and destroyed huge parts of the town.

From this date, restrictions on much of the affected area will be lifted and visitors encouraged to support the livelihoods of businesses and workers that rely on tourism for their incomes.

Spending money with local Maui businesses is now the best way to help the recovery effort.

While much of the affected area will reopen, Lahaina will remain closed out of respect to residents and first responders in this part of Maui, as the recovery effort continues in the hardest-hit corner with clean-up of debris and hazardous materials.

"Beginning October 8, all travel restrictions will end, and West Maui will be open to visitors again, so people from Hawai?i and around the world can resume travel to this special place and help it begin to recover economically,” Governor Green said.

“This difficult decision is meant to bring hope for recovery to the families and businesses on Maui that have been so deeply affected in every way by the disaster.”

Lahaina Harbour in happier times - this part of Maui remains closed until further notice.

Hawaii Tourism Authority Chief Administrative Officer, Daniel N?ho'opi'i, said nobody will forget the tragedy that the communities in Lahaina continue to endure.

"The response from residents statewide and by people around the world to support Maui's recovery has been incredible and inspiring,” N?ho'opi'I said.

“Now is the time for people everywhere to show their support for Maui by booking trips, making restaurant reservations, and frequenting Maui's retail stores and attractions that support workers and their families.”

Travellers can stay up to date with the latest information on their Hawaii holiday here.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 11 September 2023

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