I don't usually make reactionary posts regarding the news, but this is different. Maui isn't just a place we lived; we still consider it our home. Many members of our Ohana call Maui home too. The wildfires and the resulting devastation on this paradisiacal island are shattering our hearts. We've been closely monitoring the news since the fires started on Tuesday, August 8.
However, the coverage does not accurately capture the true extent of the situation. While the reported numbers are already devastating with thousands of homes lost and lives tragically taken, the reality is even more harrowing.
Communities are grappling with not only the physical losses but also a heavy emotional toll. The reported death count doesn't' paint the full picture, and the challenges Maui faces extend beyond what's being shared. Instances of dispair, sucha as public suicides, and incidents of looting, furhter undescore the desperate circumstances many are facing.
In times like these. we urge you to stand with us. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated, but if you can, please consider donating. We're taking action by using my artwork to raise funds that will provide aid to those who need it the most. Let's join hands, provide support, and help Maui recover and rebuild.
Maui Food Bank
American Red Cross
Hawaii Community Foundation
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.