In the wake of Maui’s devastating wildfires, Maui Ocean Center aims to offer hope and unity for the island. As the community transitions from response mode to recovery, Maui Ocean Center is open and ready to welcome back both kamaʻāina and visitors seeking solace and support. Many of our local businesses depend on the visitor community and Maui Ocean Center echoes Hawai‘i Gov. Josh Green’s sentiments as we welcome respectful, thoughtful tourism to the other parts of Maui.
The visitation status of the West Side of Maui may vary and change rapidly based on the ongoing efforts and the evolving situation. It’s essential to refer for the most up-to-date information on whether specific areas are open or closed to residents and visitors. Please refer to these official sources, the County of Maui website or the Civic alerts page. If you are planning to visit or have concerns about the area, reaching out to these sources will provide you with the most current information.
Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Maui Ocean Center.
We invited small business owners/managers, leaders in the service industry and political stakeholders to a town hall meeting at Maui Ocean Center’s Sphere Theater.
The messaging to the outer world has been chaotic and, oftentimes mismanaged. We needed to get the community together and discuss actionable steps and coalesce our message to show the world that Maui is, in fact, open.
An employed Maui is a resilient Maui. Long after the mainland news cycle moves on, and the external flow of support dries up, we will need to have the strength to continue the ongoing work of healing our island, our people, and our economy. We cannot let more families fall into disparity.
In addition to providing aid, support and love to the devastation to our Maui ‘ohana, we must ensure its welfare and economic viability to continue to take care of its own.
The Hawai‘i Department of Health has established a central Maui Wildfire Response page containing resources for medical and behavioral health, along with health advisories.
Maui United Way offers immediate aid through daily grant approvals to grassroots organizations focusing on essential needs.
Maui Ocean Center endorses Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. Guests may also round up their entrance and in-park purchases to help support efforts.
Maui Ocean Center continues to collect donations of food, family items, and toiletries at the park’s front gate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.