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Help Maui
Recover and Rebuild

August 8, 2023 will be a date that forever changed our Island and our Community. So many people lost loved ones, homes, businesses and more in the Maui fires that it’s almost impossible to imagine the impact and how to move forward. Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by this terrible tragedy.


This foundation was created to help the people of our community, by the people of our community, in that process.

Our mission is to empower the Maui community devastated by the August 2023 fires through transparent grant-making processes and strategic partnerships to foster resilience and catalyze sustainable recovery initiatives. 

We are committed to accountability and making sure your donations are used for what they were intended for, helping the people of Maui recover and rebuild.  


Please look forward to regular updates that will show just how your donations are being used to help our community.

From the bottom of our hearts, we extend our sincerest gratitude for your support.

Aloha kākou

Maui Pono Foundation


Families Affected


Structures Damaged or Destroyed


Lives Lost


Island to Rebuild

Data based on major media outlets' reporting

Update on Debris Removal


1,399 parcels submitted to contractor for debris removal

1,326 properties cleared of ash and debris

1,130 properties completed and turned over to Maui County


3,127 removed and brought to be managed at Pioneer Mill


159 parcels submitted to contractor for debris removal

55 properties cleared of ash and debris

46 properties completed and turned over to Maui County

Debris & Ash Removal

256K+ tons of wildfire ash and debris removed

*Data provided by the Army Corps of Engineers

Total Money Disbursed to the Community


Putting Your Donations to Work


  • So far, we have issued $1,042,500 in individual cash grants to people in our community affected by the Maui fires.

  • Working with our friends at, we provided a $5,000 grant that helped bring 117 Ukulele starter kits to the Maui music community.


  • We partnered with the Positively Kai Foundation by donating $25,000 to support the Raising Lahaina event on October 21, 2023.


  • We  worked with Slims Power Tools in Kahului to purchase and distribute $20,000 of tools to contractors that lost their tools in the fires.

  • We donated $114,000 to organizations providing relief and educational supplies to our community.

  • We awarded $564,202 in small business grants to support businesses reopening in our community. 

  • We donated $20,700 to the Mālamā ‘Āina Project to plant trees that will help create a firebreak at Lahaina Intermediate School.

  • We donated $25,000 to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement to provide  gift cards for the Maui CARE Flights Program that sent 50 Lahaina families on an all expenses paid vacation to Disneyland.

What People are Saying

"Thank you VERY MUCH, eternally and

insanely GRATEFUL!"

"Mahalo a nui!!!  We are truly grateful and humbled by this!!!"

"Thank you so much! This means so much to our family during this time."

"Mahalo so much.

Take care and God bless you and your Ohana." 

"Thank you so very very much. I can't tell you how helpful this is, especially with Christmas just weeks away. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!"

"A heartfelt THANK YOU to Maui Pono for their gracious financial support after losing our home in Lahaina.  Your generous donations have helped us to regain a sense of normalcy as we navigate the journey of rebuilding our lives, and now even have an actual tool set to get started!"


I am beyond, beyond grateful for this help! 

Mahalo nui with all my heart." 

"I can’t thank you and The Maui Pono Foundation enough for the support you have given me and my family. Having lost my house and absolutely all of my tools, it has been tremendous the helping hand you all have given us. Financial assistance and tools are a lifeline for us. Thank you !!!!!"

"Thank you so much for the great news!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!"

"We can’t thank you enough for your support and kindness. We appreciate everything you are doing for our community." 

"Thank you so much to Maui Pono Foundation!! You have helped so many including myself in our greatest time of need! There are so many organizations out there saying they are helping but many with genuine needs are falling through the cracks.

Thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart! "

Our hopes came through and we received $2,500 each from Maui Pono Foundation to help us begin to rebuild. Thank you so much for being there to help the people of Lahaina get back on their feet!"

About Maui Pono Foundation

We are a team of Maui residents dedicated to helping the Maui and Lahaina communities affected by the recent fires. Our mission is to use our unique ties to the community to recognize and provide immediate relief as well as support for long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Investing in the Future

We donated $20,700 to the Mālamā ‘Āina Project to plant trees at Lahaina Intermediate School.  These trees will create a firebreak that will help protect the school against future wildfires.

Click the link for more information on this project.

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Hope Rises With Every Donation

Your donation can make a real difference to the affected families, local small businesses and communities. Press play on Trevor Arnholt's video from Fuzz Box Productions to learn how your contributions can enact change.  Please donate generously to support our efforts in providing immediate relief and long-term support.

The Maui wildfires destroyed the historic town of Lahaina, Maui, making it the worst natural disaster in state history. The Lahaina fire now ranks among the top 10 deadliest U.S. wildfires on record since 1871, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global nonprofit focused on eliminating loss due to fire hazards.

All the Latest Updates

We will keep you updated with all the latest news and updates regarding our relief and rebuilding efforts. Stay connected with us and help us spread the word.


An exclusive collection of merchandise featuring the artwork of Lahaina’s legendary and notorius “Outsider” artist, CAPTAIN KENNY Neizman (1932-2003) who was considered “The Picasso of The Pacific”.  A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit the Maui Pono Foundation in our ongoing campaign to raise funds in aid of the fire recovery effort.

"Forever Lahaina"
T-Shirt Drive

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Rebuilding the Business Community

We recently awarded $267,404 in small business grants to support businesses that were impacted by the fires.  These grants will help their businesses  recover so that they may continue to grow and prosper.

Small Business Grants

We are not accepting applications for small business grants at this time.  Please follow us on social media and check our website for updates and future opportunities.   

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