My Maui Girl and the Maui Fires

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. 

To donate on Paypal or Venmo:


Venmo @a-brat


Maui Girl’s Home


Maui Girl and Steve’s vehicles



“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.


Maui Mutual Aid



  1. Teresa Moran on August 21, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    AS A 72-year-old widow, I don’t have much, but I will send some through Paypal. I know through my former collection of funds for leukemia patients that every dollar adds up. I will pray for the safety and reuniting of your daughter’s beautiful pet. I had two Goldens named Maggy and Zell for almost 15 years. I still miss them, but don’t tell my current two mutts!
    I do have to admit to having a love/hate relationship with you. I just discovered your books 5 days ago and I just finished the fifth one. I hate that I have done nothing but read, eat and potty (me and the girls) during that time! I’m supposed to go to a 3-day convention in Memphis, TN on Thurs. It is only 5:00 pm right now so yep, I can start the sixth one. I do love your mind! Keep writing. Thank you from a new fan!

    • Kay Bratt on August 24, 2023 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much for donating to help Maui rebuild! And thank you for your prayers for Remi. He did indeed make it to us on the East coast. Maggy and Zell– love the names. You take care of yourself, Teresa!

  2. DENISE on October 12, 2023 at 11:55 am

    This has nothing to do with Maui or your daughter etc. I’ve already donated thru other entities but it is a wuestion for you. I am a kindle prime reader and read the first six books in Harts ridge series but why do I have to irder seven and eight and pay for them and why can I not get them now ? Are the not available??? I’m honked on them !

    • Kay Bratt on November 19, 2023 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Denise,

      Thank you for reading my work. I believe you mean that you read the first six books in Kindle Unlimited, as only book one has been in Prime Reading. Book seven just released this week and is now available too. Book eight will be out in December. Have a wonderful day!

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