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October 01

Woman who fled the Maui wildfire on foot has died after weeks in a hospital burn unit

A woman who escaped Hawaii’s Lahaina wildfire by running through a flaming field has died after spending more than seven weeks in a hospital burn unit
October 01
September 29

Maui wildfire missed signals stoke outrage as officials point fingers

At least 97 people have died and 22 are unaccounted for.
September 29
Jennifer Potter speaks with ABC News in Maui, Hawaii.
September 29

The story behind the crosses honoring those lost in the Maui fires

Over a week after the fires, Sunya Schlea came up with the idea to build crosses to honor the people and pets that were lost in the fires. Now, it has become a spot where people can grieve.
September 29
VIDEO: The story behind the crosses honoring those lost in the Maui fires
September 28

House committee holds hearing on Maui fires

Hawaii’s public utility officials and the president of Hawaiian Electric testified Thursday about the electrical grid during the deadly Lahaina wildfires.
September 28
Hawaii’s public utility officials and the president of Hawaiian Electric testified Thursday about the electrical grid during the deadly Lahaina wildfires.
September 28

Authorities in Maui will open more of the burn zone to visits by residents next week

Authorities in Maui are opening more of the burn zone from last month’s devastating wildfire for visits by residents and property owners who lost homes
September 28
Leola Vierra picks up a planter in the rubble of her home that was destroyed by the wildfire in August, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Mengshin Lin)
September 28

Hawaiian Electric CEO short on answers during House hearing on Maui wildfires

About 97 people have been declared dead in connection with the blazes.
September 28
The Hawaiian Electric logo is displayed outside the electric power utility company's office in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires in Hawaii, Aug. 15, 2023.
September 28

Hawaii energy officials testify in House congressional hearing

Committee members grilled the president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric on the Lahaina wildfires.
September 28
VIDEO: Hawaii energy officials testify in House congressional hearing
September 28

Maui Strong 808: The missed signals

More and more questions about whether greater resources, the actions of a local utility and a more robust emergency response could have lessened the devastation from the wildfires.
September 28
VIDEO:  Maui Strong 808: The missed signals
September 25

Maui Strong: Lahaina residents allowed to return

ABCNL’s Mola Lenghi reports LIVE as residents of hard-hit Lahaina are being allowed to return home for the first time since the Maui fires.
September 25
VIDEO: Maui Strong: Lahaina residents allowed to return
September 25

Lahaina residents return home to destruction for first time after Maui wildfires

Only some residents will be able to return to their properties for now.
September 25
The shells of burned houses and buildings are left after wildfires driven by high winds burned across most of the town in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 11, 2023.
September 24

Residents prepare to return to sites of homes demolished in Lahaina wildfire

Authorities on Monday will begin allowing the first residents and property owners to return to their devastated properties in Lahaina, many for the first time since the historic town was demolished by a wildfire nearly seven weeks ago
September 24
FILE - A general view shows the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Aug. 17, 2023. Lahaina residents are grappling with a range of feelings as Maui authorities plan to begin allowing them back into what has become known as the "burn zone." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
September 24

Some Maui residents soon allowed to return to Lahaina neighborhood

For the first time since the deadly wildfires, some residents will be allowed to return to their homes in the Lahaina neighborhood on Monday.
September 24
VIDEO: Some Maui residents soon allowed to return to Lahaina neighborhood
August 17

Maui Strong: Charities to support wildfire relief efforts

"Good Morning America" is helping drive donations for Maui fire victims.
August 17
"Good Morning America" is helping raise awareness for Maui fire relief efforts.
September 19

Lahaina's historic Banyan tree showing signs of recovery

The 150-year-old tree has groups of leaves sprouting after being damaged in the Maui wildfires, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
September 19
VIDEO: Lahaina's historic Banyan tree showing signs of recovery
September 19

'Slap in the face': West Maui set to reopen for tourism, with outrage from residents

West Maui will reopen for tourism on Oct. 8.
September 19
Val Casco sits on the balcony at her hotel room near Lahaina, Hawaii, after she and members of her family visited the remains of her Lahaina home, which was destroyed in the Aug. 8 wildfires, on Aug. 24, 2023.
September 08

Maui slowly edges toward rebuilding 1 month after the deadly wildfires

Thousands of people have been displaced following the wildfires.
September 08
A man views the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug. 19, 2023.
September 18

Latest out of Maui: Residents prepare for their return to Lahaina

Residents are anxiously awaiting a return to normal.
September 18
A Combined Joint Task Force 50 (CJTF-50) search, rescue and recovery member conducts search operations of areas damaged by Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Aug. 15, 2023.
September 15

Maui wildfire death toll drops to 97 from 115, authorities say

The number of those who remain missing has also decreased to 31.
September 15
A man walks through wildfire wreckage Aug. 11, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii.
September 15

Dozens dead from Maui wildfires: What we know about the victims

One of the victims was found shielding a pet dog.
September 15
Franklin Trejos is seen here in an undated file photo.
September 14

Scientists collect lava samples from erupting Hawaii volcano

Geologists collect fresh lava samples as Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has its third eruption of the year so far on Hawaii's Big Island.
September 14
VIDEO: Scientists collect lava samples from erupting Hawaii volcano
September 12

Lahaina high school team pushes ahead with season to give Maui community hope

"We’re playing for them - all the Lahaina people."
September 12
The Lahainaluna High School football team reunites in wake of wildfires.
September 11

Maui Strong 808: Children search for hope and healing after wildfires

ABC News’ Becky Worley spoke with children in Maui as they look to recover in the wake of August’s devastating wildfires as the new school year begins.
September 11
VIDEO: Maui Strong 808: Children search for hope and healing after wildfires
September 09

Most of West Maui will welcome back visitors next month

Most of West Maui will officially reopen to travelers next month under a new wildfire emergency proclamation signed by Hawaii's governor
September 09
FILE - Charred remains of homes are visible following a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug. 22, 2023. The number of people still missing following wildfires that destroyed the historic community of Lahaina a month ago has dropped, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, while the number of confirmed deaths has remained at 115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
September 08

Maui mayor says community is getting overwhelming support after wildfires

"We're stronger together. We know what we want."
September 08
Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen waves at volunteers after visiting a distribution center in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug. 18, 2023.
September 08

Maui mayor says 'entire community is resilient' as recovery continues

Maui Mayor Richard Bissen spoke with ABC News about the latest updates to the island's recovery and his call for unity during the process.
September 08
Maui Mayor Richard Bissen spoke with ABC News about the latest updates to the island's recovery and his call for unity during the process.
September 08

Lahaina high school football team reunites in wake of wildfires

The team practiced together for the first time since the deadly wildfires one month ago.
September 08
VIDEO: Lahaina high school football team reunites in wake of wildfires
September 08

How Lahaina’s children are coping 1 month after Maui fires

ABC News’ Becky Worley sits down with the children, or “Keiki,” of Maui, as they learn to adapt in the wake of the catastrophic wildfires.
September 08
VIDEO: How Lahaina’s children are coping 1 month after Maui fires
September 08

Maui: Rebuilding with sensitivity

Maui slowly trudges toward rebuilding 1 month after the deadly wildfire devastation
September 08
Maui slowly trudges toward rebuilding 1 month after the deadly wildfire devastation
September 08

Mick Fleetwood, Iam Tongi and more set for #MauiStrong livestream

Also among the performers are LL Cool J, Sarah McLachlan, Ziggy Marley and more.
September 08
Mick Fleetwood and Iam Tongi
September 08

Lahaina's children, families confront an uncertain future after devastating wildfires

"[We can't] even really think long-term. We're thinking short-term," a mom says.
September 08
Former Lahaina residents Myles Verrastro, 6, and his mom, Sarah, read a book together.
September 08

How some children in Maui are processing grief 1 month later

ABC News launches "Maui Strong 808," focusing on victims and communities as they rebuild their lives a month after the catastrophic wildfires.
September 08
VIDEO: How some children in Maui are processing grief 1 month later
September 08

Why the environmental impacts of the Maui wildfires will last for years

The island will face a plethora of additional challenges as cleanup commences.
September 08
Combined Joint Task Force 50 search, rescue and recovery personnel conduct search operations of areas damaged by Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug. 15, 2023.
September 06

Father files first-of-its-kind wrongful death suit against Maui, Hawaii over fires

Rebecca Rans died as she was trying to escape the fires.
September 06
The shells of burned houses and buildings are left after wildfires driven by high winds burned across most of the town in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 11, 2023.
August 31

Families left frustrated as Lahaina back-to-school efforts stall after Maui wildfires

Roughly 3,000 students have been displaced in the fires.
August 31
Myles Verrasto, 6, lost his home and school in the Maui wildfires.
September 01
Melissah Shishido hugs a donor while gathering supplies at Costco for Lahaina residents, Kahului Maui, Aug. 14, 2023.
September 02

Maui day of remembrance

The loss from those wildfires is still fresh but there are signs of hope amid the devastation.
September 02
VIDEO: Maui day of remembrance
August 31

Hawaii investigates unsolicited land offers, tries to keep Lahaina in local hands

The number of people on the official list of those missing from the Maui wildfire stands at 385, nearly unchanged from a week earlier
August 31
A general view shows the aftermath of a devastating wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. Two weeks after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century swept through the Maui community of Lahaina, authorities say anywhere between 500 and 1,000 people remain unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
August 31

Fighting the Maui wildfire

Maui firefighters recount their experiences fighting the deadly fire.
August 31
Maui firefighters recount their experiences fighting the deadly fire.
August 31

Dwayne Johnson, Oprah join forces to provide assistance to Maui victims

The two stars announced a $10 million donation as part of the launch of the People's Fund of Maui to help those devastated by the recent wildfires.
August 31
VIDEO: Dwayne Johnson, Oprah join forces to provide assistance to Maui victims
August 31

Oprah Winfrey, Dwayne Johnson team up for People's Fund of Maui

The duo teamed up to help those affected by the the recent wildfires.
August 31
Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson Launch the "People’s Fund of Maui" to provide assistance to those devastated by the Maui wildfire.
August 30

Biden pledges $95 million to help Maui recover from wildfires

The funds will come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
August 30
President Joe Biden speaks about recovery efforts in Maui, Hawaii, and the ongoing response from the federal government to Hurricane Idalia, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, August 30, 2023.
August 29

Maui wildfire victims search on land ends, moves to the ocean

So far, 115 people have been declared dead in connection with the fire.
August 29
Honolulu fire rescue divers and Maui Fire Department personnel, with assistance from the U.S. Navy, search for victims in the Lahaina Harbor, Aug. 20, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii.
August 28

Guy Fieri to host chefs for Maui 15-course dinner party in Sonoma

More than 20 award-winning chefs are on board to cook at the event.
August 28
Guy Fieri performs a cooking demo onstage at the Grand Tasting Village during the 2022 South Beach Wine And Food Festival on February 26, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida.
August 28

Maui Electric responds to lawsuit, claims power lines were de-energized

The utility alleges fire crews said the blaze was initially extinguished.
August 28
A general view shows the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug. 21, 2023.
August 28

Hawaiian Electric takes responsibility for 1st fire, but faults county firefighters

Hawaii’s electric utility acknowledged Sunday night its power lines started a wildfire on Maui but faulted county firefighters for declaring the blaze contained and leaving the scene, only to have a second wildfire break out nearby and become the deadl...
August 28
FILE - Linemen work on poles, Aug. 13, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii, following a deadly wildfire. Hawaii’s electric utility acknowledged its power lines started a wildfire on Maui but faulted county firefighters for declaring the blaze contained and leaving the scene, only to have a second wildfire break out nearby and become the deadliest in the U.S. in more than a century. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 28

Tourists snorkeling, taking photos in Lahaina a 'slap in the face,' resident says

Maui residents are frustrated with tourists, but need their economic support.
August 28
Maui resident Courtney Lazo speaks during an interview with ABC News.
August 28

Investigation into cause of Maui wildfire intensifies

Maui County is claiming in a lawsuit that it was negligence by local utility company Hawaiian Electric that caused the deadly wildfire.
August 28
VIDEO: Investigation into cause of Maui wildfire intensifies
August 27

New wildfire forces another Maui evacuation

Residents of a small town heard warning sirens and were forced to evacuate Saturday afternoon.
August 27
VIDEO: New wildfire forces another Maui evacuation
August 26

Evacuation order lifted after firefighters douse Maui brush fire near site of deadly Lahaina blaze

A brush fire is prompting Maui authorities to evacuate residents.
August 26
August 26

Electrical wire, poles in need of replacement on Maui were little match for winds

Electrical wire, poles in need of replacement were little match for winds.
August 26
FILE - Linemen work on poles Aug. 13, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii, following a deadly wildfire that caused heavy damage days earlier. When the winds of Hurricane Dora lashed Maui Aug. 8, they struck bare electrical lines the Hawaiian electric utility had left exposed to the elements. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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