Can't Believe Lahaina is Gone.
(Only picture I will post of the fire, so sad what happened to our beloved Lahaina and island)
Words can not describe the destruction, loss of property, and lives that this storm raged on Maui. While Lahaina was burned to the ground, upcountry had its own fires causing damage and burning down homes.
My daughter has a couple of horses and got the call to help move 16 horses in Kula out of the path of raging fires, winds were blowing 65 mph. So off we went to borrow a truck and trailer and so started the next couple of days getting involved in any way we could help. With the help of others ended up moving 16 horses to safety.
Many of our friend's homes burned down, lots of lives were lost, and they are still counting. But you do see amazing people stepping up to save lives. Maui firefighters, many of our close friends lost their homes but kept on fighting fires and helping people.
I moved to Lahaina when I was 19, you can see the Pioneer Inn, after a morning surf it pancakes and a back rub from our waitress at Pioneer Inn, so many fond memories of Lahaina. Can't wrap my brain around it that it's gone.
Ok, these guys are old family friends and heroes, Jim and Riley Coons. One of their boats and their daughter's home burned down. They own the Trilogy Excursions. All the boats in the harbor burnt up in smoke. I have to add Denver an Owner and son-in-law started recusing people with Riley in the photo off of front street with their boats. Winds were driving up to 70 mph. Their other boats pulled up as close to the reef as they could, then rode smaller boats in to pick up people that choose to swim to safety. They took them to Lanai or Maalaea being everything was closed down. They have been delivering supplies and picking up people that are stranded. So many people stepping up to make a difference.
The next day many of the firemen and people with boats were picking up people and dropping off supplies. The community is pulling together. I was sitting at home a fellow realtor called me for help with fallen trees, so I threw my chainsaw in my truck and so my day began, picking up supplies at Costco. ended the day at the homeless shelter cooking meals.
Maui is going to be hurting for a while, people are canceling reservations for rentals which I have one. So we are headed into uncharted territory. We just had a part-time rich resident who said he will donate $100 million to Maui. My daughter in San Clemente is working with a group to fill containers to send to Maui with the help of Amazon. My oldest son is raising support by giving supplies and donations. Pray for Maui, It's just mind-blowing what happen to our island.
Couple of links that are safe to give to.
.Steven Nickens RS-54097
Pray For Maui