October 23, 2023
County of Maui Announces Reopening of West Maui November 1
The phased reopening of West Maui accommodations began on October 8. Today, Maui Mayor Richard Bissen announced that the rest of West Maui north of Lahaina — Phases 2 and 3 from Kahana to Kā‘anapali — will begin reopening on Wednesday, November 1.
The decision was made following discussions with the Mayor’s Lahaina advisory team, the Red Cross and other partners, and the community feedback following the first phase of reopening. Governor Josh Green, M.D., Mayor Bissen, and the Red Cross continue to assure the public that housing for displaced wildfire survivors will not be in jeopardy as a result of the reopening.
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority advises travelers to contact their Travel Advisor or check with individual accommodations, activities and businesses in West Maui for their availability and hours of operation. As travelers return to Maui after the devastating August wildfires, they will help to sustain jobs, keep businesses open, and support the community.
In coordination with various community members and partners, HTA is launching new videos featuring a diverse cross-section of Maui residents welcoming mindful visitation and sharing how visitors can mālama Maui.
In addition, Governor Green’s Office of Wellness and Resilience, HTA and the County of Maui have partnered to create informational flyers and signage with tips for respectful, compassionate and responsible travel to support the community’s healing. This inter-agency collaboration follows the leadership and guidance of Governor Green and Mayor Bissen who continue to emphasize mental health support for Maui disaster survivors.
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
Respectful travel to any of the Hawaiian Islands, including the accessible areas of Maui, is welcomed and encouraged, now more than ever. With the exception of Lahaina, West Maui accommodations have begun to reopen to visitors again. Your visit will support Hawaiʻi’s businesses and workers that rely on tourism for their families’ livelihood, especially when you are mindful in the following ways:
Access Restrictions in Lahaina
Lahaina will remain fully closed to the public until further notice out of respect to the town’s residents. County, state, and federal emergency responders continue with efforts to conduct clean-up efforts of debris and hazardous materials resulting from the wildfires. Please do not stop on the bypass or streets to take pictures or to get a closer view.
How You Can Help
Mahalo for the overwhelming display of aloha from around the globe. In the spirit of mālama for the people who call Maui home, please consider donating to the Maui Strong Fund.
Q: Which of the Hawaiian Islands are affected by the wildfires?
A: Wildfires have mainly affected Lahaina in West Maui. With the exception of Lahaina, West Maui accommodations have begun to reopen to visitors again. Please be mindful that some hotels in West Maui are still housing their employees and families, evacuees, and first responders, however Hawai‘i Governor Green, Maui County Mayor Bissen, and federal agencies have all assured the public that no wildfire disaster survivors will be displaced as a result of this reopening. We advises travelers to check with their Travel Advisor or individual accommodations in West Maui for their reopening plans.
Other areas on Maui (including Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pā‘ia, and Hāna) and the islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Lāna‘i, and Hawai‘i Island remain unaffected. We urge visitors to be especially mindful and respectful in our island home as our community continues through this tragedy.
Q: If I have a scheduled trip to Maui in the next few weeks, should I postpone my vacation?
A: With the exception of Lahaina, other areas on the island as well as the other Hawaiian Islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Lānaʻi, and Hawai‘i Island are open and welcome visitors. Starting October 8th, West Maui communities north of Lahaina have begun reopening to visitors again, however we advise travelers to check with their Travel Advisor or individual accommodations in West Maui for their reopening plans.
Q: Where can visitors find the latest information and updates on the situation?
A: Official channels are the best sources for the latest updates, including the following:
Review the map to see the area that was impacted by the wildfires. This area, Lahaina, is closed to visitors indefinitely. North of Lahaina, between Ka'anapali and Kapalua, was not impacted by the wildfires. It is going through a phased reopening beginning on October 8th. The remainder of the island is open and ready to welcome visitors.
We are here to answer any questions you might have regarding the reopening or travel to this area. You can submit your questions on our "Contact Us" page.
There is still some availability during Festive Season, so why not give yourself and the residents of Maui, many of whom rely on tourism for their livelihood, a holiday gift and plan a trip to Maui. We are here to assist if you have any questions or if you would like to plan a getaway to Maui.
Statistics indicate that 75% of the private-sector jobs on Maui are in the tourism industry and tourism accounts for 75-80% of Maui's economy. These are staggering numbers, especially when you realize how many people have been and could be impacted by the recent wildfires that resulted in the loss of many lives, as well as home, jobs, businesses, and one of the most historic, cultural and sacred places in Hawai'i, the town of Lahaina.
If you would like to share the Spirit of Aloha with the Maui Community, following is a list of some reputable organizations who need financial support to assist those in need:
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