Maui is open: you can still visit and enjoy the best of the island
The last few months have been extremely difficult for Maui weathering the fires and all the hardships that are involved in the cleanup and process to get the island back in order.
What is good to know is that the island is resilient and still a fantastic tourist destination, so many other wonderful places and things to do around the island is still open for business and do need your support.
That’s not to say that things are completely back to normal, Lahaina is still off limits and really there’s nothing open for you to see and just interfere with the clean-up process,
What’s important to share with visitors to the island is that aloha is still alive and the people of Maui appreciate any and all help to support the tourism infrastructure and people that work in tourism which is a large part of the employment on the island.
The people of Maui are grateful for the outpouring of support for Maui from around the world, from sharing memories and offering assistance, to asking questions about travel to Maui at this critical timeframe.
The spirit of Maui remains strong and the island is opening up again
Amidst the tragedy, Maui remains strong and full of aloha for both locals and tourists visiting the island. Beginning October 8th, all of Maui is open and welcoming visitors with the exception of Lahaina areas.
This includes all the areas in West Maui (including Nāpili, Kāʻanapali, Honokōwai and Kapalua) will be open to visitors again.
If you are considering visiting any of the Hawaiian Islands in the near future, including the accessible areas of Maui, please know that respectful travel is welcomed and encouraged, now more than ever.
Supporting Hawaii’s economy
Know that your visit to Maui infuses needed investment into Hawaii’s economy and also making a positive impact and helps in the following ways:
Supporting local businesses has a direct impact to local communities that depend on your support
Visiting with aloha, compassion even volunteering is truly appreciated.
Consider participating in unique volunteer opportunities throughout the islands.
Learn more about the history and cultural significance of Lahaina and staying away from the area means respect for the people and places that have been lost during this tragedy.
Here’s a post I did about Remembering Lahaina and all the historic and cultural treasures in the city.
Relief efforts for Maui
There are many hands present to offer relief efforts for Maui with small fund raisers offered through concerts, hula performances and many other fundraisers from neighbor islands to visitors that have been to Maui and have contribued generously to many different organization that are on site to help out in the recovery process.
Know that your support and contribution to help will aid local communities and families recover through the Maui Strong Fund.
Maui Visitor updates and information
For the most updated information, please visit Maui Travel Updates. Mahalo for your support as we collectively mālama (care for) Maui—through your clients’ travels or from afar.
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority: www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/maui-recovery
Maui travel FAQ
Should I reschedule my upcoming trip to Maui in the next few weeks?
Apart from West Maui, other areas on the island, such as Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pā‘ia, Makawao, and Hāna, as well as the other Hawaiian Islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Lānaʻi, and Hawai‘i Island, are still welcoming visitors.
**Starting from October 8th, all travel restrictions to West Maui communities north of Lahaina (including Nāpili, Kā‘anapali, Honokōwai, and Kapalua) will be lifted, and West Maui will once again be open to visitors.
Which Hawaiian Islands have been impacted by the wildfires?
The wildfires have primarily affected the town of Lahaina in West Maui and a few areas upcountry Maui area.
Check out this tribute to Maui
Check out these fantastic posts and places to visit around Maui now
Conclusion to visiting Hawaii and Maui is open
Maui is open for visitors with reduced restrictions, offering beautiful scenery, cultural experiences, water activities, diverse cuisine, fewer crowds, and adventure opportunities. Visiting now supports the local economy and provides a chance for relaxation and rejuvenation. Stay updated on travel advisories.