With the devastating wildfires across the islands of Maui and Hawai’i, many travelers are asking how they can support the relief efforts and are wondering if traveling to Hawaii right now is appropriate. We want to respect the people of these beautiful islands, so we must educate ourselves to become conscious travelers. To help, we’ve gathered some information directly from Hawaii’s Board of Tourism to help you make an informed decision that supports our Hawaiian “ohana.”
How to Travel Consciously
If you have an upcoming trip to Hawaii, you may want to take a moment to look at the impact these wildfires have had on the area. Due to the lack of power and water service in West Maui, non-essential travel to this area is strongly discouraged. As for the rest of Maui and the Island of Hawai’i, it is recommended that you contact your hotel or your Travel Advisor for updated information to see how your trip may be impacted.
If you are planning a trip to any of the other islands, like Kaua’i, O’ahu, Lāna’i, or Moloka’i… there are ways to make sure your time there is not only respectful but also impactful. One of the best ways you can travel mindfully is by participating in some of the many volunteer opportunities throughout the islands. You can click here to look at some of the current options. This will also give you a chance to cultivate a deeper connection with the people and culture of Hawai’i and give you a more enriching travel experience.
Contributing to Maui’s Relief Efforts
If you want to contribute financially to the relief efforts, the Maui Strong Fund is currently accepting donations to assist with recovery and relief efforts. According to the Hawaii Community Foundation, this organization was created to “provide community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.” The best part is that 100% of the funds collected are being distributed for community needs and support.
For so many, the Hawaiian Islands are a way to learn about a beautiful culture and people, immerse themselves in unforgettable natural wonders, and create magical memories with their loved ones. If we have the opportunity to give back and lend our support in Hawaii’s time of need, it can help us to mālama (or “care for”) this unique place and its wonderful people and culture.
Have questions or want to discuss ways to create a trip that ‘gives back?” Click here and schedule a call with us today.