May 2024 – Six months after the deadliest wildfire in modern U.S. history, government officials gathered to tout the progress in helping Maui rebound from the disaster that killed 100 people and destroyed more than 2,200 buildings in Lahaina.

They ran through the numbers during a joint press conference Thursday morning at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The money spent, the debris removed, the people housed, the meals served.

But the officials also underscored how the recovery is very much ongoing, with numerous obstacles still remaining and some aspects that are much harder to catalogue or even fully comprehend yet, like any lasting health effects.

“Without a doubt there is a ton more work to do,” Gov. Josh Green said. “This is like a decade-long experience, not unlike 9/11 when people for year after year after year still need the support. They may get housed, but trauma persists.” Read the full article on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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