Residents pack public meeting on Maui: ‘Everyone who lost a house, stand up’

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On Maui, firefighters say strong winds from Lane fueled two massive brush fires: one in Lahaina and another in Kaanapali.

The Lahaina fire was much more destructive. Twenty-one homes were destroyed along with more than two dozen cars.

At a community meeting Wednesday night, many Lahaina residents said they felt the county could have done more to help.

“During the emergency, there were a lot of things going on and everybody went crazy trying to figure out how to do everything,” said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Now is the time where we figure out where exactly the challenges are and improve, but also before we even do that, we want to know how we can help you directly.”

Arakawa says they’re working on programs to help get rid of metals and trash left over from the fires.

The cause of the fires are still under investigation.

To report storm damage, contact the Maui Emergency Management Agency at 270-7285.

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