Rebel News reporter Alexa Lavoie recently conducted an interview with Kapano, a resident of Maui, who shared his experiences and the community’s response to the devastating wildfires that struck the town of Lahaina. As the fires raged, Kapano took it upon himself to gather fellow residents and establish a community supply station to assist those in need.
Reflecting on the impact of the fires, Kapano described the prevailing emotions among the affected residents as fear, sadness, confusion, and panic. Many people lost their belongings so suddenly that they were left with little more than shirts and shorts, without even a pair of slippers.
In his efforts to help, Kapano initially assisted with unloading boxes and organizing supplies. The first day was chaotic, with a constant influx of donated items. With no tents or tarps available, they quickly set up makeshift shelters to provide shade from the scorching sun.
Despite the lack of outside aid, Kapano highlighted the tremendous community spirit that emerged during the crisis. Countless individuals came together, dedicating long hours and their skills to any task that required attention. Simple gestures like a smile, a hug, or lending an open ear meant the world to the affected people. Red Cross and FEMA were nowhere to be seen, but local residents, along with family members from surrounding communities, rallied together to support each other and restore harmony amidst the chaos.
Interestingly, Kapano expressed surprise at the absence of warnings regarding the fires. He believed that emergency alerts should have been sent to mobile phones, even to those without service, via satellite communication. Such warnings could have provided vital information to the community, prompting them to evacuate in a timely manner.
Despite the trauma and destruction caused by the fires, Kapano described the aftermath as a “beautiful disaster.” In the face of unimaginable hardship, the community came together to eat, support, and care for one another. The outpouring of kindness and compassion was overwhelming, creating a sense of unity and strength.
Rebel News recognizes the importance of giving the residents of Maui a platform to share their side of the story. To support this initiative, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to cover their travel expenses. Those who believe in the cause and wish to contribute can visit TheTruthAboutMaui.com for more information and updates on the ground reports.
In addition to their coverage of the wildfires, Rebel News is also accepting donations for the Honokowai Ohana Relief Centre. The funds raised will be entirely dedicated to disaster relief efforts and rebuilding the local community. Any surplus funds will be used to support children in neighboring communities. To contribute to the Honokowai Ohana Relief Centre, interested individuals can visit HonokowaiRelief.com.
Rebel News’ commitment to providing vital information and giving a voice to affected communities is evident in their dedicated efforts to cover the devastating wildfires in Maui. By amplifying the stories and struggles of the residents, they hope to inspire compassion, support, and unity among people worldwide.