Ready for your private Hawaii sailing yacht rental is Kaikiwi, a beautiful 42-ft Beneteau. Kaikiwi is Oahu-based. When sailing in Hawaii, it is important to understand the geography of the islands. Due to the heartbreak that happened on Maui this week, I already have people asking if they should cancel their travel plans. Please don’t. While we reel with the devastation that engulfed Maui, do understand that Oahu is a separate island, 100 miles away. Oahu is physically unaffected by the fires. First the pandemic. Now this. Hawaii needs continued support from those of you who love her, and those who are planning a visit for the first time.
Where do we sail to?
Kaikiwi sails from Oahu’s south (protected) shore, not far from Waikiki. She sails past beautiful coastline in the cobalt blue blue waters of our Pacific. Wildlife such as green sea turtles, “honu”, dolphins, “nai’a”, humpback whales, “kohola” (in winter season only), and flying fish, “malolo” are some of the critters we may see as we sail. Beautiful views of Oahu, Diamond Head and, on clear days, far in the distance, Molokai and Lanai can sometimes be seen. Please understand this is not “destination” sailing. “Destination” is sailing.
How can we help Maui?
While my platform is to encourage you to sign up for a private sailing charter, today I want to use it for something way more important.
Fire destroyed Lahaina and ravaged other areas of Maui, and thousands of displaced people there are desperate for your kindness. Please do what you can.
Aloha United Way
Aloha United Way has set up the Maui Fire Relief Fund, where donations will go directly to Maui United Way to support Maui victims.
American Red Cross of Hawaii
The American Red Cross opened five emergency shelters to provide those affected by the Maui wildfires with information, a hot meal, opportunities to charge their phone, pick up relief supplies, and get health services. More information here.
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
CNHA is matching up to $250,000 in community donations providing critical assistance to families and businesses in Lahaina.
The Hawaiʻi Community Foundation
The Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund was created to provide community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The fund is currently supporting communities affected by the wildfires on Maui.
The Lahui Foundation
The Lāhui Foundation strives to become a dependable resource for underrepresented and underserved communities here in Hawai’i. They are asking for monetary donations that will go directly to fire recovery efforts for residents of Maui.
Maui Food Bank
The Maui Food Bank collaborates with various relief organizations to distribute supplies throughout Maui County.
Maui Mutual Aid Fund
The Maui Mutual Aid is a local effort run by volunteers. They are asking for donations to support vulnerable residents, such as the elderly, those with physical disabilities, renters, and individuals without insurance. More information here.
Maui United Way
Maui United Way is accepting donations to its Maui Fire and Disaster Relief fund – all donations will provide direct relief to families and nonprofits directly affected by the Maui Fire Disaster.