Kōkua Ohana *
Help the People & Animals of Hawaii
Like many of you, we have enjoyed the warm hospitality of the people, the intoxicating fragrance of the flowers, the soul-soothing scenery and calming energy of Maui. The recent devastation of the charming town of Lahaina and the tragic loss of life is heartbreaking.
Crews in west Maui are doing the devastating work of sifting through the ashes of incinerated homes and beloved landmarks as the death toll from the deadliest US wildfire in more than 100 years is still rising.
As of Monday August 21, officials confirmed 114 people have died, and 850 are still missing. Hawaii Gov. Josh Green told CNN the death toll would likely increase “very significantly” and could double over the next 10 days.
There are urgent calls for help -- and we can all chip in something. Following is a list of relief organizations, which we have vetted through Charity Watch and Charity Navigator. Please give what you can -- and don't forget the animals. We will update this list as we learn of other reputable charities, rescue efforts and relief funds. Please let us know if you have any suggestions.
In Hawaiian, Kōkua (pronounced koh-KOO-ah) means “to help” or “assistance.” Ohana (pronounced oh-HAH-nah) means family or community and is an important concept of interconnectedness—a cherished value in Hawaiian society.