Community Strong: Supporting Maui's Fire-Affected Residents

Community Strong: Supporting Maui's Fire-Affected Residents

  • Gary Mooers
  • 08/22/23

In the midst of the unfolding events on our cherished island of Maui, my heart goes out to the victims and survivors of the tragic wildfire disasters in Lahaina. The impact of this disaster resonates deeply, and I stand in solidarity with all those affected. As we collectively navigate these challenging times, know that my thoughts are with you, and I'm here to offer support.

In moments like these, our community's resilience shines bright. It’s incredible to see the community pull together to help our Ohana needs. Here at the GM Maui Group we’re committed to providing assistance to those in need. I extend my sympathies to those who have experienced loss – whether it's a loved one, a friend, a pet, or a cherished neighbor.

Amidst the challenges, it's crucial to remember self-care. Take moments to pause and look after yourself – your well-being matters. As we navigate through these trying times, remember that you're not alone. We're a community that supports one another.

If you're facing any uncertainties related to real estate, whether it's regarding property or assistance in any other way, please know that my team and I are here for you. We understand that your needs might have evolved, and we're dedicated to providing guidance and solutions.

Linked below is a list of resources that some of you may find helpful. Please feel free to reach out if you or anyone you know requires support from these organizations. Additionally, if you find yourself in need of other resources or information, please don't hesitate to contact me directly. I'm here to help in any way I can.

  • The National Alliance of Mental Health: The National Alliance of Mental Health is starting a Maui Strong support group. Meetings will be on Aug. 19 and 26 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. To register, email: [email protected]
  • HawaiiUTelehealth (HUT): HawaiiUTelehealth (HUT) is supported by the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and the Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC). HUT is offering free telehealth services for anyone affected by the Maui wildfires. Affected individuals can call (808) 375-2745. No health insurance is needed.
  • Hawaii Cares: Hawai?i Cares is offering local crisis counselors. Call 808-832-3100 or 1-800-753-6879, or call/text/chat 988. After-hour services are available.
  • Department of Health Maui Community Mental Health Center: The DOH Maui Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) is offering crisis mental health services and expanding hours to those experiencing emotional or psychological distress as a result of the Maui wildfires. To receive emergency services, contact Maui CMHC at (808) 984-2150, email [email protected], or in person at 121 Mahalani Street in Wailuku. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will have expanded clinic hours on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate immediate needs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, contact Hawai?i CARES to speak to a local crisis counselor at 808-832-3100, 1-800-753-6879, or call/text/chat 988.
  • Mental Health App for Kaiser Members: If you are a Kaiser member, Kaiser has a partnership with Ginger, a mental health app, that allows you to text one-on-one with an emotional support coach anytime, anywhere. Download Ginger now at After signing in to, Kaiser Permanente members can set up a Ginger account at no additional cost. 24/7 text-based emotional support coaching.
  • Carelon Behavioral Health: Carelon Behavioral Health, a partner with HMSA, is offering free counseling services. Call 1-800-580-6934.
  • Calm and Collective Therapeutics: Hawaii-based Calm and Collective Therapeutics is offering free counseling services for those directly impacted by the Maui wildfires.
  • Mana Mental Health: Mana Mental Health is offering free individual counseling sessions for pregnant or postpartum moms. All offerings are private, individual sessions, either virtual (secure video link) or by phone with Dr. Kalena Lanuza, Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Certified Lactation Counselor. Call 971-251-2081 or email [email protected]
  • LifeWorks (a MetLife EAP vendor): LifeWorks is providing their services at no cost to those affected by the wildfires on Maui, whether they are a MetLife/LifeWorks customer or not. Contact LifeWorks at 1-888-319-7819.
  • Mental Health America: The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 to all U.S. and its territories residents experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text 1-800-985-5990.

Reach out to me at any time if you have questions, concerns, or simply need someone to talk to. My team and I are by your side, ready to assist you. Together, we'll continue to demonstrate the strength of our Maui community.

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