At Southwest Airlines, one of our core tenets is being prepared and ready to support our communities through our national and local partnerships when the unexpected occurs. In support of Maui's response and ongoing recovery efforts, we've provided more than 65K pounds of cargo of critical supplies, more than 500 flights for volunteer and humanitarian efforts, nearly $100K worth of cash donations to national and local partners, and transported 136 shelter pets to their new forever homes.
As we know the road to recovery will be long, we invite you to malama (care for) Maui. When planning your trip, please consider supporting one of these local businesses. Of, if you feel compelled to donated, these trusted partners are working around the clock to ensure the people of Maui have access to the resources needed to get back on their feet.
Maui United Way: is working to meet the community’s needs through individual financial assistance and grants to local grassroots organizations. All their work is guided by a deep desire to increase equity and decrease long-standing disparities for communities, including the Asian American and Pacific Islander populations, especially Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. And 100% of the donations to Maui United Way stay in Hawaii.
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement: has a mission to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians. The Kakoo Maui Fund is providing resources that can be deployed quickly and efficiently to Hawaiian communities impacted by the Maui wildfires. Donations received will go to Maui-based relief efforts, with a focus on Native Hawaiian organizations, small businesses, ohana (family), and cultural groups.
Maui Humane Society: has a mission to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals, accepting all in need, educating the community, and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals.
If you’re planning a trip to Maui and are interested in volunteering, here are some resources for you to consider.
Kanu Hawaii: Kanu Hawaii provides tools and opportunities for people to connect with one another and to take action that builds more compassionate and resilient communities across Hawaii.
Voluntourism: there are plenty of ongoing voluntourism opportunities across all the islands listed.