Kīpuni Aloha no Maui
Embrace beloved Maui
Statewide, day-long vigil on September 1, 2023
Sunrise, noon, and sunset ceremonies
Vigils on Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island were streamed live on TV and online in partnership with ‘Ōlelo, Akakū Community Media, KAKU 88.5 FM, Maui Stream, Hawai‘i News Now, KITV4, KHON2, Nā Leo TV, Hō‘ike TV, HONOLULU Magazine, and other media partners.
Public ceremonies and in-place gatherings
As part of the day-long vigil, churches, businesses, organizations, and community groups in and beyond Hawai‘i, held their own gatherings and shared on social media. #MauiStrong #MauiVigil #KipuniAlohaNoMaui
Watch “Love for Maui”
An original collaboration from Jake Shimabukuro, Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides, and Tracey Niimi.
Our hearts go out to Maui
The fires on Maui caused unprecedented devastation and the pain that the people of Maui are enduring is unimaginable. The loss being experienced is great – precious loved ones, homes, local businesses, and many treasured, historical artifacts and buildings.
Lahaina town is deeply rooted in the history and culture of our Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians). Most Native Hawaiians consider Lahaina a sacred place as the seat of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1820 – 1870 during the reigns of Kamehameha III – V.
The need for Hawai‘i’s Soul
This ability to lean in when our people need it the most is a living example of Hawai‘i’s Soul. Since preserving and protecting this balance is foremost to our survival on our island home, in times of disaster we come together, work across our differences, and act.
The vigil is in line with ‘Aha Pule Pualu, the assembly of kumu hula and cultural practitioners for collective prayer and reflection over an anahulu, a 10-day period that started on Aug. 13, 2023, at noon in alignment with the moon. The ritual is intended for those who have perished, their beloved family and friends in mourning, and cleansing of the land.
This effort is supported by
Maui County Mayor
Hawai‘i County Mayor
Honolulu City & County Mayor
Kaua‘i County Mayor