Dear WOEMA members,
In the midst of breathtaking landscapes and tranquil shores, our beloved state of Hawaii is facing a formidable challenge - raging wildfires that have left a trail of destruction in their wake. Our hearts go out to the individuals, families, and communities who have been affected by this devastating natural disaster.
As we witness the heartbreaking impact of these wildfires, let us remember that unity and compassion are the cornerstones of recovery. It's in times like these that the true spirit of Ohana shines through. Let us come together, hand in hand, to extend our unwavering support to those who have lost their homes, their belongings, and in some cases, their sense of security.
Through the darkness of this ordeal, stories of heroism and selflessness emerge, reminding us of the strength of the human spirit. Firefighters, first responders, and volunteers have been working tirelessly to protect lives and property, embodying the essence of aloha and demonstrating that our community stands strong, no matter the adversity.
Here's how we can make a difference:
- Donate: Consider contributing to reputable organizations that are providing aid to wildfire victims. Every donation, no matter the size, can help rebuild lives and restore hope.
- Volunteer: If you're in a position to do so, volunteering your time and skills can be invaluable to relief efforts. Check with local organizations for opportunities to lend a helping hand.
- Spread Awareness: Share accurate information about the wildfires and relief efforts on social media. Help raise awareness and ensure that accurate information reaches those who need it.
- Offer Support: Reach out to friends, family, and neighbors who may have been impacted. Your words of encouragement and offers of assistance can make a world of difference.
- Prepare and Prevent: Take steps to protect your own home and property from potential wildfires. Educate yourself about fire safety measures and be vigilant in fire-prone areas.
Let's be a beacon of hope for the Hawaii wildfire victims. Together, we can rebuild lives, restore landscapes, and show the world the resilience of our beautiful islands and their people.
Mahalo for your compassion and solidarity. Let us stand strong together! In the immortal words of our dear friend and resident of Oahu, Bernyce Peplowski, we paddle as one.
Ramón J. Terrazas, MD, MPH, QME
Fellow American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Diplomate American Board of Preventive Medicine
Board Certified Occupational Medicine
Hawai’i Community Foundation – Maui Strong Fund:
The Maui Strong Fund is providing financial resources that can be deployed quickly, with a focus on rapid response and recovery for the devastating wildfires on Maui. Maui Strong Fund - Hawaii Community Foundation
Maui United Way and Aloha United Way
Both are focused on providing direct relief to families and nonprofits affected by the fires.
Maui Fire and Disaster Relief Donation Page (mauiunitedway.org)
ALOHA UNITED WAY INC - Maui Fire Relief Fund (stratuslive.com)
Maui Food Bank
Providing food to families impacted and displaced by the fires.
American Red Cross of Hawaii
They are providing shelter for those displaced by the fires.
Hawaii Wildfires ─ Red Cross Providing Shelter, Comfort to Victims
Positively Kai Foundation
All donations go to the families affected by the Lahaina and Kula Fires
Maui Humane Society
Supporting shelters for displaced people and animals and caring for injured animals.
Donate - Maui Humane Society
Maui Mutual Aid Fund
The Maui Mutual Aid Fund is distributing resources to people with physical disabilities, those who are underinsured or uninsured and renters.