On Tuesday, wildfires unexpectedly hit the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. What is being called the deadliest wildfires in the US in years—since the 2018 Camp Fire in California—the disaster has already killed 36 people, with hundreds of tourists and residents still missing and unaccounted for. Caused by a dry summer mixed with strong winds from Hurricane Dora, the wildfires have damaged, if not entirely destroyed, over 270 buildings by Wednesday’s count.
Albas Cuban Coladas Help Lahaina Get Caffeinated Again Fundraiser via GoFundMe
Many of the companies affected by the Lahaina wildfires are coffee companies, and to aid, a GoFundMe has been set up to help with their recovery efforts. Created by Christina Pundyke, the owner of Albas Cuban Coladas, the Help Lahaina Get Caffeinated Again fundraiser seeks to raise $20,000 to go to affected cafes. Per the GoFundMe, the list of cafes touched by the wildfires includes:
Pundyke notes that the funds can go to specific cafes of your choice if requested in a note included along with the donation.
Other Fundraisers From Vigilatte and ʻĀina Momona
Vigilatte Artisan Coffee has also set up its own GoFundMe seeking $100,000 to help the company and its employees, many of whom lost their jobs in the devastation and their homes.
Outside of the coffee industry, ʻĀina Momona, a local non-profit “dedicated to achieving environmental health and sustainability through social justice and de-occupying the Hawaiian lands,” has also set up a fundraiser. All profits they raise will go directly to Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui County Strong Fund, which provides “community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.”
The situation is dire in Lahaina, and the full extent of the devastation is not yet known. Any bit you can give will be a big help. For more information or to donate, visit the Help Lahaina Get Caffeinated Again GoFundMe page.