Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund

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Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund

Project Report | Dec 6, 2023
An update on your donation to the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund

By Alli Conroe | Associate, Disaster Response

Photo: Maui Rapid Response
Photo: Maui Rapid Response

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your donation to the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund. Your donation continues to make a difference, supporting recovery and providing supplies, shelter, and culturally appropriate health care and healing to communities affected by the wildfires in Hawaii. 

With your support, GlobalGiving made four emergency grants in September and eight emergency grants in November to partners in Hawaii that are trusted, local nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the wildfire response in the Islands. These third and fourth rounds of emergency grants continue GlobalGiving's sustained, long-term support to Hawaii, made possible by the generosity of donors like you.

Although recovery from the wildfires in Hawaii has been difficult, vetted GlobalGiving nonprofit partners are bringing hope and moving their communities forward. Here is a short description of some of the critical work your donation is already supporting:  

  • Roots Reborn is a local-led, grassroots Hawaiian organization of migrant-focused human rights lawyers and organizers on Maui. The team directly serves immigrant communities across Maui County with vital legal aid. Roots Reborn is working with immigrants, refugees, and migrant workers affected by the wildfires to ensure they are included in recovery and response efforts by advocating for their rights and resources. With a focus on people disproportionately affected by the recent wildfires, grant funds will be used to aid translation services, housing assistance, food assistance, and support for navigating insurance claims and other resources for which migrants are eligible but often are disadvantaged in accessing. 
  • Hale Makua Health Services is a local Hawaiian community health organization working in Lahaina, Napili, Kihei, and Kula. The organization focuses on temporary and long-term housing solutions, donation gathering, transportation coordination, care navigation, behavioral health support, and social work services for Hawaiians living with disabilities and the elderly. Hale Makua Health Services is providing communities with mobile resource centers and continuing to provide technical assistance to individuals and families impacted by the fires in partnership with state agencies, the county of Maui, local and national pharmacies, FEMA, and other nonprofits. 
  • Native Hawaiian Philanthropy is a local Hawaiian-led nonprofit that partners with a network of 14 Native Hawaiian organizations to provide immediate assistance through emergency relief and distribution of emergency supplies, as well as culturally safe healing spaces, grief counseling, long-term housing funding, and casework support to families affected by the fire. That includes management of 14 acres of land through taro farming and Indigenous methods. In addition to this work, its teams are exploring an expansion by purchasing land to build quality, sustainable homes for those displaced by the fires within their existing Indigenous land management model.
  • Aha Punana Leo is a community-led Hawaiian language and cultural school and mutual aid group raising funds in partnership with Punana Leo Lahaina to support communities impacted by fires. Their Lahaina school, which provided culturally competent schooling and comprehensive family services for Hawaiian children and their families, was lost in the recent wildfires. The organization is working to rebuild its facilities while aiding affected families. At its Punana Leo Maui site, Aha Punana Leo is also offering direct resources to impacted families, including distributing donations and resources, providing childcare, coordinating communication with families, and providing continuing education to children whose education has been interrupted. 

Your support of the GlobalGiving Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund powers community-led relief and recovery, and it means that organizations like these and the communities they serve get the critical resources they need to rebuild after the devastating wildfires in Hawaii. 

With gratitude, 

Alli + the GlobalGiving Team 


Nonprofit Partners Receiving Grants:

Aloha Diaper Bank

Arc of Maui 

Hawai’i Peoples Fund

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers

Malama Maui Nui 

Maui Food Bank

Maui Mutual Aid Fund, led by Maui Rapid Response

Regenerative Education Centers

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Aug 25, 2023
An update on your donation to the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund

By Amelia Hoover | Program Manager, Disaster Response

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