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Windswept wildfires on Aug. 8 incinerate Maui's historic Lahaina in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century.
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                                Paele Kiakona, left, of Lahaina Strong, speaking at rally. Lahaina Strong rally opposing Green not banning short-term rentals.
Editorial: Take bold steps on short-term rentals

Ever the optimist, Gov. Josh Green on Wednesday announced a rosy outlook for a “strong” state budget as costs for the Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfire recovery became clearer — and even dispelled the threat of a ban on short-term rentals (STRs) in West Maui. Read more

                                At top, Courtney Lazo of Lahaina Strong paused while speaking at Thursday’s rally at the state Capitol.
Lahaina group seeks phase-out of vacation rentals

Members of Lahaina Strong flew to the state Capitol on Thursday for the second time this legislative session to urge passage of either of two House and Senate companion bills that would give counties the option to phase out short-term vacation rentals on their islands. Read more

                                Teachers, above, held hands Monday and sang a Lahaina mele, or song, at the blessing ceremony of the temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Pule­lehua, Maui, below.
Temporary school called ‘small miracle’ after Lahaina fire

Glancing at the new temporary school on a grassy slope in Pulelehua, Maui, casual onlookers might perceive a simple cluster of boxy modular buildings hurriedly erected in just over three months, but Gov. Josh Green calls the school’s rapid construction “a small miracle” in the wake of a disaster, and he and others also see the beginnings of healing and hope. Read more

                                Wildfire wreckage is left behind following a stubborn blaze on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Over 60 subpoenas served in probe of Maui disaster response

The findings from the first phase of a state investigation into how government agencies handled the Maui wildfires that destroyed Lahaina and killed at least 101 people have been delayed and won’t be released until April, but 64 subpoenas have been issued in the probe since November. Read more

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