Traveling with Aloha: How to Visit Maui After the Wildfires
If you have an upcoming reservation with us or are planning a stay in the near future, we understand that you may have a few questions about how you can visit Grand Wailea in the wake of the devastating wildfires that swept through Lahaina and West Maui. Outside of these areas, the rest of Maui has not been directly impacted by the fires and continues to welcome guests.
Now, more than ever, we need you to help our extended Maui ʻOhana (family) recover, and we reassure you that respectful travel to almost all of Maui is welcomed and encouraged right now. Rebuilding our economy is essential to the island's recovery but also the community, and by traveling with reverent aloha and being mindful, respectful, and patient, we know your trip to Maui will be unforgettable.
Mindful Ways to Travel for Your Maui Vacation
Visit the many accessible areas of Maui with aloha. Most areas of the island were not directly impacted by the fires and remain open, including Wailea, where our resort is located, as well as Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Mākena, Pāʻia, Makawao, and Hāna.
- Starting on October 8, West Maui including Nāpili, Kāʻanapali, Honokōwai, and Kapalua will be fully open again to all visitors, with the exception of Lahaina (per a September 8 announcement by Hawaiʻi Governor Josh Green).
- Support recovery efforts by shopping, dining and engaging with the on-island businesses and restaurants.
- Should you feel called to donate your time or money during your stay on Maui, local organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, Maui Food Bank, and the Maui Humane Society are recommended for volunteering. For monetary donations, we recommend giving to Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund or the local Maui United Way. Every dollar contributed will go directly to nonprofits on the ground providing the urgent help people need now and for many months to come.
We appreciate your desire to help Maui rebuild and to travel with a sense of aloha. The most important thing to keep in mind is that responsible tourism is crucial to ensuring the long-term well-being of our island home and the people who live here, including our families, our colleagues, our friends, and our many local partners.
We look forward to welcoming you to Grand Wailea, and we thank you again for your Mālama (care for).
Aloha from our ‘Ohana to yours.