Maui Is Reopening: Here's What Locals Want Visitors To Know

On August 8th, wind-fueled wildfires consumed 2,200 Maui acres, killing 96 people and destroying more than 2,200 structures in the historic and culturally significant town.

Hawaii Governor Josh Green, M.D., announces the re-opening of Kā‘anapali, Nāpili, Honokōwai, and Kapalua two months after Maui’s deadly wildfires.

Beginning October 8, travel restrictions will end, and West Maui will be open to visitors again.

For people with Maui vacation plans and those considering booking a trip, here’s what local businesses and residents want travelers to know.

Lahaina Town is Not a Tourist Attraction While West Maui is re-opening, Lahaina’s 9 square miles will remain fully closed to the public until further notice.

Be Respectful For a small island community, the devastation of the fires affected everyone – even if not directly. When traveling to Maui, be compassionate and patient. Let the aloha spirit of kindness, unity, and love guide you.

Spend Generously Tourism is the economic engine of Maui, with 3 out of every 4 dollars attributed directly or indirectly to visitor spending.

Don’t Cancel Your Trip We have always appreciated our visitors, but now we appreciate them more than ever. This is one of the best opportunities for voluntourism ever,” says Chef Merriman.  “All you have to do is come to Maui, enjoy your vacation in a responsible and mindful way, and you’ll be helping others.

Hear What Locals Want Visitors to Know