Port of Lahaina closed due to wildfires in Maui, Hawaii

Port/sLahaina, Maui – Hawaii
Issue TypeNatural disaster
ImpactComplete Closure

Hundreds of hectares of wildfires have burned on Maui, driven by winds that were intensified by Hurricane Dora. Maui experienced winds exceeding 60 miles per hour.

According to local news reports, the fires have been most severe along the western coast of Maui, with the historic town centre of Lahaina sustaining significant damage. As a result, the Port of Lahaina has been closed.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced on Wednesday that all visitors engaged in non-essential travel to Maui are requested to leave the island, and any non-essential travel to Maui is strongly discouraged at this time.

Travel to other islands outside of Maui, including Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, and other parts of Hawaii Island, remains unaffected.

Throughout the crisis, the Kahului Airport on Maui has remained operational, functioning as a key hub for essential travel to the island and facilitating evacuations for residents.

As per the latest update from the Hawaii Department of Transportation, several major roadways on Maui remain closed, and a significant evacuation plan for thousands of residents and visitors is set to recommence on Thursday morning.

Acting Governor Sylvia Luke has issued a third emergency proclamation (EP) that extends the emergency period through August 31.