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The Royal Family of Hawaiʻi Non Profit Organization,

Kamehameha Foundation is

assisting the victims impacted by the wild fires in Lāhainā Maui

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Waiola Church was founded in 1823 by Queen Keopuolani and has been a community cornerstone for nearly 200 years.  Unfortunately, the church has suffered severely from the wild fires along with many other buildings in the historic Lāhainā town.  The death toll from the wildfires in Maui rose to 115 and many people are still missing.  Damage is still being assessed, but it is reported that more than 2000 buildings were damaged, with many “burned to the ground.”   Around 1,400 people were accommodated in five emergency shelters and many are in need of dire assistance with food, water, shelter and other much needed necessities.

The Kamehameha Foundation Board of Directors has cooperated with Waiola Church Administrator, Jen Mather to coordinate distribution of some of the Kamehameha Foundation Maui Fire Relief Funds using her expert volunteering experience to help provide rapid relief to many victims who were impacted by the fires.  Various hubs were set up to help give relief to the people, especially at Napili Park which took on the brunt of the community needs and is still operating to meet those continuing needs while the county begins to shut down their distribution sites.

The Kamehameha Foundation is committed to provide for and respond to this urgency in every way possible.


The Kamehameha Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible non-profit organization under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani.  If you would like to help in the aid of relief for the residents in Maui, please donate to the Kamehameha Foundation Maui Fire Relief Fund.

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