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.
Watch the following video message by Hawai‘i State Governor Josh Green, M.D., emphasizing that travel to Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands is safe and open.
While Lahaina itself will remain fully closed to the public until further notice out of respect to the town’s residents, the West Maui communities of Kā‘anapali, Nāpili, Honokōwai, and Kapalua will fully reopen on Sunday, October 8. Visitation continues to be welcomed and encouraged in other areas of Maui (including Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pāʻia, Makawao, and Hāna), 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 itself will remain fully closed to the public until further notice out of respect to the town’s residents, the West Maui communities of Kā‘anapali, Nāpili, Honokōwai, and Kapalua will fully reopen on Sunday, October 8.
Other areas on Maui (including Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pā‘ia, Makawao and Hāna) and the islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Lāna‘i, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i Island are welcoming and encouraging visitation.
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: