It’s surreal what has happened in the last few days on Maui and our family is reeling but so thankful that by pure coincidence or Grace of God, our daughter was here with us in Georgia visiting when the fires broke out on the island. Their home and vehicles were decimated, and they do not have renter’s insurance, but they are alive. Many families are dealing with the loss of life as well as their homes and businesses, or their workplaces.
Amanda and Steve were on the mainland to attend a wedding and plan their own, but now they are looking at figuring out how to rebuild their lives. Amanda’s place of business was also burned down, and Steve’s will be out of commission indefinitely as the island tries to get back on it’s feet and rebuild. We don’t even know if it’s feasible for them to try again on Maui, or to relocate to the mainland.
It’s also surreal that I advocated for so many years for children in need while I lived in China, and now I’m being a voice for my own child. Don’t feel like you have to help them specifically, but if you do, we are very grateful. And if you’d rather give to help the community and those born on Maui, that would also be appreciated.
Next steps for my Maui girl and her fiance are finding a way to reunite with Remi, their beloved dog. The pet sitter and her husband were able to evacuate to a shelter with the dogs, but they also lost everything. We are working on how to best get Amanda’s dog back into her arms. Any help for her and Steve, or for the community, is so much appreciated.
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“All funds will be distributed as quickly as possible to vulnerable ‘Ohana in need, kupuna, persons with physical disabilities, renters and those who have no insurance or are underinsured,” the group shared on Instagram.