Skip to content

Take action to help those affected by fires in Hawaiʻi


August 15, 2023
Destruction from wildfires seen on a Watercraft near downtown Lāhainā. Burned structures and vehicles are in the background. Several boats sit on the water.

Devastating wildfires burning on Maui and the Hawaiʻi have killed at least 96 people, forced thousands to evacuate, and nearly destroyed the city of Lāhainā.

The wildfires, which officials say have now become the deadliest in modern U.S. history, began August 8. Hawaiʻi has declared a state of emergency Opens in a new tab . The unprecedented fires were fueled by a dry summer and strong winds fanned by Hurricane Dora. Experts say the fire and its impact has been intensified by climate change and fossil fuel use.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected—in this moment and in the weeks,months, and years ahead as communities rebuild.  

President Obama shares a deep connection to Hawaiʻi, and like him, we are reassured and inspired by the power of people working together. All of us here at the Obama Foundation are moved by the way people are aiding their neighbors, the first responders at work on the ground, and all of those around the island who have come together to help those impacted.

Despite their heroic efforts, they still need your help! We put together a list of organizations providing urgent relief and essential services to the people affected by this natural disaster. We hope you’ll consider pitching in to help, no matter where you are. 

The Maui Strong Fund from Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

The Maui Strong Fund from Hawaiʻi Community Foundation supports rapid response, food, shelter, and financial assistance for residents impacted by the wildfires on Maui. Donate here Opens in a new tab

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is on the ground and providing safe shelter, food, and relief supplies to Maui. Visit Opens in a new tab to donate or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Maui Rapid Response

The Maui Mutual Aid Fund supports Maui residents, people with disabilities, elderly residents and people who are uninsured or underinsured. Donate here Opens in a new tab

Maui Humane Society 

The Maui Humane Society Opens in a new tab is providing pet supplies, emergency kits and care for sick, injured, and lost pets. Donate here Opens in a new tab

New Life Kahuku Inc. 

New Life Kahuku Inc. Opens in a new tab is a nonprofit supplying food and hygiene products for Lāhainā residents. Donate here Opens in a new tab .

Wildfire Fund

The Wildfire Fund will aid relief and recovery efforts in affected communities. Donate here. Opens in a new tab