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Kelawea Mauka Makai: Nourishing Hope in the Heart of the Burn Zone

Date: September 18 – 25, 2023


In the aftermath of the wildfires that left deep scars across Maui, the Kelawea Mauka Makai initiative emerged as a shining example of hope, resilience, and community spirit. Between September 18 and 25, 2023, Nā Kia‘i O Maui, in close collaboration with volunteers and local partners, embarked on a critical mission to provide essential supplies, food, and water to approximately 50 homes that stood resilient within the burn zone.




This initiative was not just about delivering necessities; it was about affirming our commitment to every individual and family facing the daunting task of rebuilding their lives from the ashes. The Kelawea Mauka Makai effort underscored a simple yet profound truth: even in the midst of devastation, the human spirit, nurtured by community and compassion, remains unbroken.


Each delivery made was a testament to the solidarity and determination that define the people of Maui. As trucks and teams navigated through the remnants of what once was, they carried more than just supplies—they brought hope, a reminder that no one is forgotten, and that together, we will forge a path to recovery.


The support extended during this week-long operation illuminated the incredible strength found in unity. It showcased how, even in the darkest of times, light emerges through acts of kindness, generosity, and mutual support. The resilience of the affected families, coupled with the unwavering dedication of our volunteers, has been nothing short of inspirational.

As we reflect on the Kelawea Mauka Makai initiative, let us carry forward the lessons of compassion, resilience, and community. These efforts remind us that while the path to recovery may be long and fraught with challenges, it is also paved with opportunities for growth, healing, and renewed strength.


We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone involved in the Kelawea Mauka Makai initiative. Your contributions have not only made a tangible difference in the lives of those directly impacted but have also reinforced the fabric of our community, making it stronger and more united.


Stay connected with Nā Kia‘i O Maui for more updates and stories of progress, resilience, and hope. Together, we continue to heal, rebuild, and thrive, proving that even in the face of adversity, our community's spirit remains indomitable.

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