Hawaiian Locals Urge Travelers To Not Come To Maui Amid Ongoing Fires On TikTok

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Hawaiian TikTok creators are taking to the platform to educate users on the state of the greater Maui area. The island has been plagued by wildfires, causing catastrophic damages and displacing thousands of people. Now, many urge travelers to steer clear of Hawaii for a while, as the island needs time to recoup and the limited resources will not provide for locals and tourists.

LAHAINA, HAWAII – AUGUST 11: In an aerial view, search and rescue crews walk through a neighborhood that was destroyed by a wildfire on August 11, 2023 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Dozens of people were killed and thousands were displaced after a wind-driven wildfire devastated the town of Lahaina on Tuesday. Crews are continuing to search for missing people. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


A viral video from a creator named Sweet Tee (@sweet.tee.808) shared the importance of avoiding all of the islands for months to come. While not every island is on fire, the greater Maui area needs the natural resources left in the other islands, which Tee alleged that tourists continue to use frivolously.


Lahaina, a small city on the island of Maui, is reportedly almost entirely in ruins from the fires. The sheer amount of burn victims are overwhelming hospitals, with victims being flown out to hospitals along the west coast in California for medical assistance.


HURRICANE DORA HAS DEVASTATINGLY HIT HAWAII❗️❗️#news #hawaii #lahaina #fyp #foryou #hurricanedora #foryoupage #prayforhawaii #mauiwildfire #losangeles

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Social Media Response

In response to the digital outreach from locals, many TikTok and X users are circulating several mutual aid funds and charitable organizations to donate to for survival supplies needed for the locals. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his fiancé, reporter Lauren Sanchez, are donating 100 million dollars to relief efforts, and opening a donation fund as well.



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World Central Kitchen is providing food to victims of the fires who are staying temporary shelters, and first responders on the front lines providing medical attention and fighting the blaze.

Others remind the public that Hawaii had already been experiencing environmental devastation years before the ongoing deadly fires.


Drone footage and videos from evacuating locals continue to circulate on Twitter, shocking viewers.


Some are still more concerned over their cancelled vacations to the island, much to the ire of locals living amid the rubble.


i said what i said. information on what’s going on: – Hundreds have been evacuated as of Wednesday morning in areas grappling with wildfires across Big Island and Maui. – The blazes have been fanned in part by strong winds from Hurricane Dora, a Category 4 storm, which was passing to the south of the island chain. – As of 5 a.m. local time Wednesday, Dora was about 790 miles south-southwest of Honolulu. – The Coast Guard rescued multiple residents who had entered the ocean to escape the blazes and smoke. – All the Hawaiian islands are under red flag warnings through Wednesday evening, meaning conditions are ripe for fires to spread. – In Maui, 911 was down Wednesday morning and more than 14,000 power outages were reported. #hawaii #maui

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Oprah Winfrey was spotted assisting victims at a local shelter.

President Biden offered condolences to the victims of the fire, and announced an emergency expansion of federal aid to the state. Biden has been in contact with Hawaii Governor Josh Green regarding the state of emergency.

The New York Times has compiled a list of resources for charities that are raising money for emergency supplies. Some of these include Maui United Way, the Hawaii Community Foundation, The Maui Food Bank, and more.

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