Maui is ready for your visit! We welcome back tourists with open arms and look forward to extending a warm aloha to you this fall and winter! Whether you come for a family Thanksgiving, a pre-Christmas celebration, or some great whale watching this winter, Rentals Maui will be happy to book you into one of our beautiful properties!
The natural disaster that took place on the Westside of Maui earlier this month shocked our residents and visitors alike as we saw an uncontained wildfire ravage the town of Lahaina. The fire took with it much history, many buildings, homes, businesses, and sadly many lives. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen our families grieve, strangers give, and a community come together to support our Lahaina Ohana (family). As hard as times like these can be, the Aloha Spirit goes a long way.
Since the start of the fire on August 8th, we have been receiving phone calls and emails from travelers wondering if they should be traveling to Maui or if they should cancel out of respect for this tragedy. So much information has been circling through the news cycles and social media about if you should go to Maui or not. With those questions in mind, we thought it may be beneficial to proactively share our current thoughts about vacationing to Maui that have been developed by watching what the local government is sharing and by interacting with our friends and local businesses here in Maui.
First of all, a bit of Maui geography is helpful. When you hear the term “West Maui”, this is the term locals use to refer to northwest Maui, where Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili and Kapalua are located. Our condos in Kihei and Wailea are about 25 miles south of this area, in the region that locals refer to as “South Maui”, even though we’re technically on the western side of the island too.
The most recent update from the Hawaiian Tourism Authority states:
South Maui or the areas of Kihei, Wailea, and Maalaea were not directly affected by the fires. All the beaches, restaurants, grocery stores, roads and airports are open and in great condition. We recognize that there are many views on how to help Maui right now and that not everyone sees things the same way, and that’s okay! We know we all just truly want to help Maui and we believe the collective efforts from all angles will accomplish this.
Because of the location of our condo inventory, we believe it would be beneficial to the people of Maui for our current guests to consider keeping their reservations, and for future guests to not shy away from visiting Maui in order to support the businesses that rely on your presence. Of course, utmost sensitivity and respect for the tragedy and for the locals you interact with should be on your minds and hearts as you travel, and traveling to West Maui (Lahaina/Kaanapali) is discouraged right now. But we believe that taking a vacation to South Maui may be one way you can support the community as a whole and help it get back on its feet.