Know Before You Go
From people and businesses that rely on tourism to drive Maui’s economy, the call is clear: Maui needs the support of visitors now more than ever. That is why our call to action for visitors is Mālama Maui. Here are important ways that visitors can help mālama (care for) Maui.
As the phased reopening of West Maui continues, the County of Maui offers the following video featuring Maui community members and providing both instruction and a heartfelt message for visitors. Long-time Maui Kumu Hula and educator Hōkūlani Holt, Ph.D. anchors the video which also features Kumu Hula and proprietor of cultural retail boutique Native Intelligence Kapono‘ai Molitau, visitor industry cultural manager Oralani Koa and Hāloa Dudoit, a community organizer and youth baseball coach.
While Lahaina will remain fully closed to the public until further notice out of respect to the town’s residents, West Maui accommodations have begun to reopen and visitation continues to be welcomed and encouraged throughout Maui and the islands of Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island.
Visitors throughout the Hawaiian Islands are urged to be especially mindful and respectful in our island home. For more information and travel recommendations, visit GoHawaii.com/maui.
Questions and Answers
Q: Travel to which of the Hawaiian Islands have been affected by the August wildfires?
A: Wildfires have mainly affected Lahaina in West Maui. While Lahaina will remain fully closed to the public until further notice out of respect to the town’s residents, West Maui accommodations have begun to reopen and visitation throughout the island as well as the other islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Lāna‘i, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i Island is welcomed and encouraged.
Q: If I have a scheduled trip to Maui in the next few weeks, should I postpone my vacation?
A: The best way to support Maui in its recovery is for travelers to continue with their Maui vacation and don’t cancel those trips. While it may seem counterintuitive, Maui’s economy is dependent on a robust visitor industry and there is still plenty to see and do while here that is away from the Lahaina. While you’re on vacation here, buy local, eat at local restaurants and enjoy the many great activities and attractions located across Maui.
Q: Where can people find the latest information and updates on Maui recovery efforts?
A: Official channels are the best sources for the latest updates, including the following: