UPDATE: Statement on Hawaii Wildfires
As of 8/17/23, Go Fly Maui has resumed flight operations.
Nick and I continue to be inspired by the outpouring of love and aloha for our community. Many have asked us how they can best support our island in this time of need.
1. Donate and Volunteer
The County of Maui has officially endorsed HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org and MauiUnitedWay.org as places to donate financially. For those on Maui, MauiNuiStrong.Info has a list of current volunteer opportunities.
2. Visit Maui
Ilihia Gionson, a spokesman for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said it best. “Tourism is Hawaii’s major economic driver, and we don’t want to compound a horrific natural disaster of the fires with a secondary economic disaster.”
In alignment with Governor Josh Green, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority urges visitors to refrain from going to West Maui (including Lāhainā, Nāpili, Kāʻanapali, and Kapalua) but encourages travelers to consider visiting other areas of Maui (including Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pāʻia and Hāna).
In the first days of this disaster, visitors were not what Maui needed. Today, however, we need visitors more than ever.
Our visitor industry accounts for 80 percent of every dollar generated on the island, but there are a great many empty rooms and open tables on the island right now, and we’re all feeling the impact.
No, West Maui is not the place to visit right now. The rest of the island, however, needs your support.
Pack compassion. Pack respect. Please visit Maui.
Go Fly Maui is among the many small businesses feeling the impact of the drop in visitors to the island.
If you’re visiting Maui in the weeks ahead, please consider flying with us. The places we fly are far from the impact zone and don’t interfere with operations there. We promise we will take great care of you.
If you’re planning to visit Maui at a later date, but don’t yet know when, please consider buying a Go Fly Maui gift certificate. When you’re ready to fly, we’ll be ready to take you. The value of these certificates never expires, and you’ll be supporting our small business as we hope for a rebound in tourism.
Regardless of how you choose to help, mahalo for your compassion. Our community is grateful for your support.
Maui no ka oi.
Magen and Nick Moran
Owners, Go Fly Maui