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Zoom Call of 8.22.23 Steven Nickens Life on Maui Post Fires

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Zoom Call  Steven Nickens Life on Maui Post Fires

Zoom Call  Steven Nickens Life on Maui Post FiresThe Zoom call this week was presented by Steven Nickens, a Maui resident and fellow ActiveRainer,

He gave a pure statement of the reactions and life on the island of Maui following the devastation caused by the fires that have torn through parts of the island and have left people scrambling for assistance.

He spoke briefly of the opportunists, such as the politicians that are there for a quick head shot but so far have done nothing to offer aid for the citizens and inhabitants that have been impacted.

First responders did what was expected of them. 16 firefighters were fighting fires while their own homes were burning.

Private boat owners have been up front about delivering supplies to West Maui and even with their efforts, are being subjected to abuse by 'so called' experts claiming the relief should come through organized sources.

For the first week, no government officials have even ventured to the acted West side of the island. 

With no electricity, food, dead bodies still visible and yet no one stepping up. 

He spoke of the presidential photo opportunity at which none of the people that have been in the trenches were included and how quickly he flew away,

FEMA and the Red Cross showed up and started to halt the work being done by local charities and people and has been more negative than a positive.  He spoke of these organizations halting unloading of food and supplies that were sent over from Oahu.

There are relief workers setting up fronts for distribution. Financial people are also there to help with people that cannot pay rent or mortgage.

At the same time, there is a halt to any real estate sales on the island so that the opportunists cannot come in to take advantage of residents who have lost their homes in the fires.

Zoom Call  Steven Nickens Life on Maui Post FiresAll over the area people are trying to help as best they can.

While the fires were still active his daughter was called on to help with the rescue of horses from a farm in the path. They were successful in relocating 16 horses.

He spoke of people unloading boats using any type of means possible, while still not having the assistance of either the National Guard or US service people, which is surprising considering the military presence is so strong on neighboring Oahu.

He made a quick comment on the impact of the FEMA aid of $700/per person sent and associated it to a couple of trips to Costco. Of course, that was dependent on people getting the mail at all considering so much has been destroyed and so many services are unavailable in areas.

He also spoke of the way people are correctly cautious of FEMA as they can essentially lose everything if FEMA determines the house to be uninhabitable and condemns the property.

For the residents of the island, he referred to them as family as it is such a tight knit community and so many people know each other.

Steven Nickens spoke of the Tradewinds that are common on the west side and how they typically can reach 50 mph, which is when the surfers seek out the big waves.

The winds that caused all this destruction were higher than 70 mph, and people are still trying to identify the source of the ignite that caused all the havoc.

With all the finger pointing and dodging of blame, the people are still there trying to get on with their lives and move forward as best they can.

The hotels on the island that are in service are offering places for people to stay while the government tries to set a course.

The impact so far is comparable to the Covid shut down. Businesses in the resort areas are currently closed but most of that is due to the lack of visitors. 

While some areas are closed due to the fires, other areas are still actively looking for visitors. Once the roads are cleared and the bulk of the destruction surveyed, the vacations will be getting promoted as well.

The fall in Maui is a beautiful time of year.

Zoom Call  Steven Nickens Life on Maui Post FiresThe airports are open for international flights as well as direct flights from the Mainland.  The recovery of the island will be accelerated not only by the thoughtfulness of others but by the people that keep their vacations and come to the island.

Maui is not closed for vacation, just doing a little recovery in some areas.


He cited some of the organizations locally that are doing the best to help with the recovery.

Couple of links that are safe to give to.

Calvary Chapel Maui works directly with victims of fire

Maui Strong working with Hawaii Life.

Maui Food Bank

There was a lot of interaction with the attendees especially from those that have been to the island in the past.

Steve will most assuredly offer updates on the cleanup on his blog.

Zoom Call  Steven Nickens Life on Maui Post Fires

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Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 24, 2023 05:29 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is one of the toughest things a group of humans will ever have to do I think. Let us know whatever you need.

Aug 24, 2023 09:13 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

It is just unbelievable to say the least. It was good to hear from someone who is actually there and knows more of the truth of the situation.  

Thank you for providing the links to the 3 places to donate to that will be hands on really helping the people... 

The food bank has been helping them before and is on site to help now

Maui Food Bank — Helping the Hungry in Maui County


Aug 25, 2023 01:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Thank you so much, Ed, for the recap. I wasn't able to make it back in time from a photoshoot for a new listing to attend. This disaster is beyond comprehension for those of us who are no there to see it with our own eyes. Thanks for links where we can help.

Aug 25, 2023 05:07 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It was wonderful to hear firsthand from Steven Nickens what's really going on in Maui.  I wish I could attend more zoom meetings, but sadly I am only able to attend when I am on vacation.

Aug 25, 2023 05:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed,

Thank you for the excellent recap of Steven Nickens presentation at our Zoom meeting. The devastation if horrific and the response from our government is I guess what we can expect now. There is no question the people of Maui were failed by so many who should have had their best interests at heart. My prayers go to all and I so appreciate the links provide to groups that are really helping and the people will benefit from.

Aug 25, 2023 05:57 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed,

I am sure this call was very difficult for Steven Nickens to get through.  The emotions of this devastation and horrific event will be with the islanders for many years to come.  They will have to depend on their community and private donors for assistance because I am afraid that the government will be slow and ineffective in getting things done.  The proof is in what has been stated so far. 

Aug 25, 2023 09:17 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Ed,
I am so sorry to have missed this meeting. Although you do an excellent job with re-caps, there's so much missed by not being at the session.  Thank you for doing these recaps each week.

Aug 25, 2023 11:33 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jeff Dowler, CRS   He did an incredible job. When your life and family are so integrated to the community and in a matter of hours it is sent into chaos I don't know if I could have composed myself as well as Steve did.

And thank you for the recognition.

Thank you Roy Kelley, The residents and businesses on the island need the recognition and assistance. 

Aug 25, 2023 11:52 AM
Steven Nickens

Aloha Ed Silva, thanks for letting me share, it really is disturbing and heartbreaking what folks in Lahaina went through. I went up yesterday, they were asking people with trucks and chainsaws to help clear driveways and roads of fallen trees. That was right up my alley spent half a day with a crew of four clearing trees felt good to help. They were sending teams out all day to help homeowners. It was my first trip to the burn area in Kula, lot of damage. 

Doyle Davison mentioned

The government enacted a law 2 weeks before, the Governor signed into law that there would be one unelected govt' official who would have all the power, over Maui's local gov't to make decisions on how rebuilding and recovery will take place, pretty disturbing. Our Mayor seems to be trying to do what's right, I just hope he listens to the Hawaiian community. I am choosing to stay out of the politics, but on a local note the Maui community has been amazing, there is federal aid coming in thankful for that. As far as visitors on Maui we are a ghost town, we really need to get the word out to support and visit Maui. It's been beautiful. on the parts of the island that are open, spread the word.

Aug 27, 2023 02:38 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Joan Cox   It is more disastrous than Katrina hitting Louisiana since it's an island.  As so much is dependent on vacationers, it is important to their recovery that the resorts get cleaned up quickly so that vacationers can get there and still enjoy a pleasant vacation.

George Souto   The people that can, should post about vacationing there so that people recognize that it is still a wonderful vacation spot, with some areas not currently available.



Aug 25, 2023 11:56 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Anna "Banana" Kruchten   I have seen news clips of those special dogs getting released to try and find people. There could well be people trapped under the rubble.

Doyle Davison   There will always be opportunists just like the carpet baggers after the civil war trying to profit on the misery of others.


Aug 25, 2023 11:59 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Ed I heard this morning there are 388 confirmed missing.  The chanced of finding them all alive by this point is slim.  But I pray that they do find some alive.

Aug 25, 2023 03:26 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho   Political opportunists flapping their lips and doing little else.

Dr. Paula McDonald   The politicians see what they want to see like sharks after blood in the water.

Aug 25, 2023 12:02 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

faye schubert   No recordings as it is a one-shot opportunity except for the recap.

FEMA did just as little after Katrina as well.

Myrl Jeffcoat   Thank you for the recognition

Aug 25, 2023 12:06 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Laura Cerrano   Many of them will star from zero and hopefully they will get the help they need and not lose the land as well.

Debra Leisek   He spoke highly if the work of the food bank as well as the churches with connections off island.


Aug 25, 2023 12:08 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Nina Hollander, Broker   It was a sad call for the destruction that Steve described but he did offer that so many are helping with the search for the missing as well.

Brian England   You need to break up your vacation so that it happens every Tuesday, ai least a half day.



Aug 25, 2023 12:11 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Dorie Dillard Austin TX   Our government needs to step it up and help the people to get on their feet and keep out the opportunists.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®   That is mostly how Steve described what is happening and from where the help is coming.


Aug 25, 2023 12:14 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Carol Williams   Thank you.  This was a call that offered a great insight and still it merely touched the surface.

Aug 25, 2023 12:15 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is disheartening to hear about FEMA and the Red Cross, but even worse to hear about the politicians and their photo ops.  I really do hope that those hurt by the fires get the help they deserve. 

Thank you for the recap of the Zoom Meeting.  You do a wonderful job summarizing each meeting. 

Aug 28, 2023 02:32 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We have an annual timeshare on Maui. A few months ago, we traded our two weeks for two weeks on Kauai. We were lucky. Our resort is cancelling all reservations over that time period so that they can house those who have nowhere else to stay. Many who work at the resort lost their homes. Good news is that none of the resort workers died in the disaster. Bad news is that some did lose family members.

We plan to visit Maui next year.

Aug 28, 2023 02:38 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I wish I could have been on that Zoom meeting.  Having a local perspective that is not biased for personal gain is extremely important feedback.

Aug 29, 2023 10:53 AM