Lahaina Disaster Area Re-Entry, Fire Update, Weather, and More - September 25

Source: Maui County Official Press Release

Re-Entry into Lahaina Disaster Areas

The County of Maui is gradually reopening areas affected by the disaster. The first zone now cleared for owners and residents to re-enter is Kaniau Road in Zone 1C. Owners and residents with vehicle passes can return today, Monday, September 25, and Tuesday, September 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the first two days of re-entry into Zone 1C, returning residents will receive substantial support, including water, shade, washing stations, portable toilets, medical and mental health care, Maui Bus transportation from local hotel shelters, and language assistance.

Please visit www.MauiRecovers.org for more information and a map showing the zones.

Extended Shuttle Service

The free Ka'anapali Circulator Shuttle will operate with extended hours on Monday, September 25, and Tuesday, September 26, exclusively for re-entry into Zone 1C. Service will begin at 7 a.m. on both days to assist residents staying at American Red Cross shelter hotels in West Maui and needing transportation to Zone 1C. The shuttle will be available at various locations, including Aston Ka'anapali Shores, Honua Kai, Aston Maui Ka'anapali Villas, Royal Lahaina, Outrigger Ka'anapali Beach Resort, Whalers Village, Westin Maui, Hyatt Regency Maui, and Lahaina Civic Center. Regular shuttle hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. will resume on Wednesday, September 27.

Launiupoko Beach Park Reopened

Launiupoko Beach Park has reopened ahead of schedule. The county's Department of Parks and Recreation worked diligently to clear the park after the August 8th fire and wind caused significant damage. Despite eight department staff members losing their homes in the fire, the park was reopened on Saturday, September 23, at 10 a.m., allowing families to enjoy it over the weekend.

Zone Restrictions Lifted

As of September 13, County of Maui Disaster Area Restrictions were LIFTED for two business zones: Zone 5B (Lahaina Cannery Mall parcel) and Zone 5E (the business area of Kupuohi and Ulupono streets). All roadways to access these zones are clear. The Hawaiʻi Department of Healthʻs Smoke and Dust Advisory remains in effect for areas impacted by the fire and surrounding regions with smoke, ash, and dust. Air quality information is available at health.hawaii.gov/mauiwildfires. The County of Maui Department of Water Supply Unsafe Water Advisory also remains in effect. For more information, visit www.mauirecovers.org/recovery/maps-data.

Fire Update

  • Olinda fire: Increased to 95% contained, covering an estimated 1,081 acres.
  • Kula fire: 96% contained, affecting approximately 202 acres.
  • Lahaina fire: 100% contained, with an estimated 2,170 acres affected.

The Maui Fire Department (MFD) continues to reassure the public that while the containment percentages have remained stable in recent days, there are no active threats among the three ongoing fires. Due to the large burn area and rural terrain, extinguishing the Upcountry fires may take an extended period of time.


Typical trade wind weather is forecasted for Maui today. Expect scattered showers over windward slopes and increased leeward cloud cover in the afternoon. Northeast winds are forecasted to return by late afternoon, with gusts up to 20 mph possible through the evening. Breezy trade winds are expected to return beyond Tuesday.

Maui Recovers Website

For comprehensive information and assistance related to the wildfires, visit the official County of Maui website, www.MauiRecovers.org. This site provides guidance on safe re-entry, water and wastewater updates, interactive maps and data resources, fire debris removal updates, financial and housing assistance details, answers to frequently asked questions, and the option to subscribe for real-time updates tailored to those affected by the fires.

Unsafe Water Advisory Update

Effective September 12, 2023, the Department of Water Supply removed Zone 1 from the Unsafe Water Advisory for Upper Kula. Water serving homes and buildings in Zone 1 is now deemed safe for unrestricted use. To check if your address falls within a specific zone, refer to the interactive map at Zone Map. Zones 2 through 5 remain under the advisory, initially issued on August 11, 2023, due to the uncertain impacts of the wildfires.

Until further notice, residents in Unsafe Water Advisory areas of Lahaina and Kula should use only bottled or potable water provided from tankers for drinking, brushing teeth, ice-making, and food preparation. Contaminants may have entered the water system.

Air Quality Update

Preliminary air sampling and monitoring conducted in Lahaina and Upcountry Maui indicate no evidence of poor air quality or hazardous levels of contaminants when the samples were collected. However, high winds or cleanup activities could cause dust and ash to become airborne. Residents in impacted areas are urged to wear high-quality masks, such as N95 masks, and other personal protective equipment when in these areas. Precautions should also be taken in nearby regions should air quality change due to disturbed ash from impacted areas.

Fatality and Search Update

The revised number of fatalities is 97, a decrease from the previously reported 115, with 99% of the Lahaina disaster area searched. Further details and identification information are available in the Maui Police Department’s daily press release, typically issued by 6 p.m. daily. For that information, please visit bit.ly/MauiPoliceNews.

Unaccounted-For Individuals

Help is still needed to identify individuals reported unaccounted for following the Lahaina wildfire disaster. A validated list of names is available at mauinuistrong.info/unaccountedfor. If you recognize a name on the list and have information to confirm their safety or assist in locating them, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at (888) 814-7693 or visit www.fbi.gov/MauiFires.

To report an individual who is still unaccounted for, please email unaccounted@mpd.net and provide the necessary information for both the person reporting and the unaccounted individual.

DNA Sample Assistance

Family members on Maui who wish to submit DNA for use in identifying someone who is unaccounted for should contact the Family Assistance Center at (808) 270-7771 or send an email to FAC@mauicounty.gov to schedule an appointment.

Latest Update on Maui Wildfires Disaster Recovery - August 26

Source: Maui County Official Press Release

Fire Update

As of August 26, the fire containment progress stands as follows:

  • Olinda fire: The Olinda fire remains at 85% containment, covering an estimated 1,081 acres. Firefighters have made significant strides in controlling its spread.
  • Kula fire: The Kula fire's containment has increased to 90%, with approximately 202 acres affected. Firefighters continue their efforts to secure the area.
  • Lahaina fire: The Lahaina fire remains at 90% containment, affecting an estimated 2,170 acres. Firefighters are maintaining control over the situation.

Unaccounted Individuals

Help is needed in identifying 388 individuals reported unaccounted for following the Lahaina wildfire disaster. The validated list of names is available at mauinuistrong.info/unaccountedfor. If you have information about any individual on the list, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at (808) 566-4300 or email HN-COMMAND-POST@ic.fbi.gov.

Family Assistance Center

For those seeking information about missing loved ones, the Family Assistance Center (FAC) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency’s Monarchy Ballroom (200 Nohea Kai Drive) in Ka‘anapali. Trained staff are available to provide support and assistance.

DNA Sample Assistance

Immediate family members of individuals missing due to the Maui wildfires can provide DNA samples to assist in identification. Contact the FBI Honolulu Division at (808) 566-4300 or email HN-COMMAND-POST@ic.fbi.gov. DNA samples are solely for identification purposes related to wildfire victims and survivors.

Fatality and Search Update

The most up-to-date fatality numbers and identification information are included in the Maui Police Department’s daily press release, available at bit.ly/MauiPoliceNews. As of now, there are 115 confirmed fatalities, with 99% of the Lahaina disaster area searched.

Funeral Assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reviewing its policy to provide assistance for eligible funeral expenses, including caskets, urns, and transportation. To request funeral assistance, apply to FEMA at a Disaster Recovery Center or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Unsafe Water Advisory

An interactive map at bit.ly/mauiwateradvisory depicts the Unsafe Water Advisory's precise location. Affected residents should only use bottled or potable water provided by tankers for drinking and food preparation. Contaminants might have entered the water system.

Shelters, Housing, and Financial Aid

Hotel shelter locations are open around Maui in coordination with the American Red Cross (ARC). To qualify for shelter and financial assistance, register with FEMA at a Disaster Recovery Center or call 1-800-621-3362.

Here is the list of available hotel shelters:

  1. Hyatt Regency Maui - 200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina
  2. Aston at Papakea Resort - 3543 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Rd., Lahaina
  3. Aston at the Maui Banyan - 2575 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei
  4. Aston Maui Hill Resort - 2881 S. Kihei Rd, Kihei
  5. Royal Lahaina - 2780 Keka‘a Dr., Lahaina
  6. Honua Kai Outrigger - 130 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina
  7. Outrigger Kaʻanapali Beach Resort - 2525 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Lahaina
  8. Aston Ka‘anapali Shores - 3445 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Rd., Lahaina
  9. Fairmont Kea Lani - 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea-Makena
  10. Westin Maui - 2365 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Lahaina
  11. Aston Mahana at Ka‘anapali - 110 Ka‘anapali Shores Pl., Lahaina
  12. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea
  13. Maui Beach Hotel - 170 West Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului
  14. Maui Seaside Hotel - 100 W Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului
  15. Aston Maui Ka‘anapali Villas - 45 Kai Ala Dr., Lahaina
  16. Four Seasons Resort Maui - 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Kihei
  17. Hotel Wailea - 555 Kaukahi St. Wailea
  18. Ka‘anapali Beach Club - 104 Ka‘anapali Shores Pl, Lahaina
  19. Maui Bay Villas - 575 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei
  20. Sheraton Maui Resort - 2605 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Lahaina
  21. Montage Kapalua Bay - 1 Bay Dr., Lahaina
  22. Sands of Kahana - 4299 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Rd., Lahaina
  23. The Whaler - 2481 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Lahaina
  24. Wailea Beach Resort Hotel - 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea

Food Distribution and Medical Assistance

  • Food Distribution: Food and supplies are distributed to West Maui residents at Lahaina Gateway, 325 Keawe St., on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Medical Assistance: Kaiser Permanente first aid stations are available at the Hyatt Regency Lahaina, Maui Suites, Promenade Lower Level, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maui Health services will also be available at the Hyatt Regency Lahaina through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mental heath and other support: The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health launched a call center to connect impacted residents with non-emergency medical services, mental health support, and other services. Survivors can call (808) 586-4468, weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
  • Additionally, Hawaii CARES 988 is a 24/7 support service for help with crisis, mental health, and substance abuse. If you, a family member (including keiki), or someone you know need confidential assistance with a trained crisis counselor, please call/text 988 (TTY 711) or visit bit.ly/988chatandtext


  • Maui Bus Express: The West Maui Express Route #29 provides hourly service daily at 5:30 a.m. between Kapalua, the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, and Ka‘anapali. Certain other Maui Bus routes are suspended until further notice: Lahaina Islander #20, Lahaina Villager #23, Kaʻanapali Islander #25, and West Maui Islander #28. For the detailed route schedule, visit www.mauicounty.gov/bus or use the free Maui Bus app. All Maui Bus

Update on Maui Wildfires Disaster Recovery

Source: Maui County Official Press Release

Fire Update

The Maui Fire Department reported that the wildfires have not spread further for several days. Fire activity is now confined to isolated hot spots within the current area. County fire investigators have determined that the Kula and Olinda fires have distinct origins. As mapping progresses, estimated fire acreage might be adjusted.

  • Olinda fire: Currently 85% contained, estimated at 1,081 acres, with no active threats.
  • Kula fire: Presently 85% contained, estimated at 202 acres, with no active threats.
  • Lahaina fire: Now 90% contained, estimated at 2,168 acres, with no active threats.
  • Pulehu/Kihei fire: Remains 100% contained, with no active threats.

(Note: A fire being 100% contained means it's surrounded by firefighters but not necessarily fully extinguished.)

Fatality Update

Maui Police Department reported three additional deaths on Friday, bringing the total confirmed fatalities to 114. Identification details for the new individuals were not disclosed. As of Friday night, 78% of the area has been searched.

Unsafe Water Advisory

The Unsafe Water Advisory for the Lahaina water system has been expanded to include the area from Kaniau Road to Leiali Parkway. Residents in Lahaina and Upper Kula should only use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, and food preparation. Water testing and sampling are ongoing to ensure safe consumption.

Weather Forecast

Rain associated with post-tropical cyclone Fernanda is expected to move across the state starting late Sunday. The highest rainfall is forecasted for Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning along windward and mountain slopes of Maui.

Emergency Shelters

Survivor numbers at Maui's shelters have decreased as the American Red Cross rapidly transitions survivors into hotel accommodations. Open shelters are best for inquiries about hotel emergency lodging. Contact 1-800-RED-CROSS or use the Red Cross Emergency app for shelter locations.

Family Assistance Center

For those seeking information about loved ones or missing individuals, the Family Assistance Center is now located at the Hyatt Regency's Monarch Ballroom in Kaʻanapali. The center is open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Power Restoration

Hawaiian Electric is working to restore power to parts of West Maui and Upcountry. Over 80% of customers have had power restored, and more than 90% of all Maui customers have electricity. Restoration efforts continue for remaining outages.

Additional Updates

  • County-facilitated distribution sites in West Maui.
  • DMVL Satellite Office in Lahaina to assist with lost or destroyed IDs.
  • Health advisory for returning residents due to wildfire aftermath.
  • Road access updates and restrictions.
  • Material donations collection site information.
  • Online resource hub for wildfire disaster response efforts.
  • Transportation options for impacted individuals.
  • Medical services availability and locations.
  • Communication and press release updates.
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center operations for federal assistance applications.

For the latest and most detailed information, please refer to the original press release linked above.