Rebuilding Dreams: The Unyielding Spirit of Marvin Tevaga and His Family After the Lahaina Wildfires

In a heartfelt conversation with Ashley and Marvin Tevaga, the profound impact of the Lahaina wildfires on their lives unfolds. Marvin, a full-time Police Officer with the Maui Police Department, and his wife U’ilani, a dedicated stay-at-home mom to their five children, share their harrowing experience of losing their homes on that fateful August 8th, 2023.

Navigating Loss and Uncertainty

For Marvin, the aftermath of the wildfires meant more than just physical displacement. He speaks candidly about the challenges of driving long distances and the cascading effects of the tragedy on his family. As a musician who frequently performed at events in Maui, Marvin faced a double blow—losing not only his home but also a significant portion of his income. This loss, coupled with the newfound responsibility of supporting his family amidst the chaos, brought a wave of uncertainty and financial strain.

A Grateful Heart Amidst Adversity

Despite the upheaval, Marvin expresses gratitude for his wife, U’ilani, who has been the unwavering constant in their children’s lives. Juggling the demands of raising five children ranging from 5 to 16 years old, U’ilani’s resilience shines through as she holds the family together during these challenging times. The Tevaga family’s dream of owning a home and fostering a sense of community in Lahaina took an unexpected turn, but their love for Hawai’i and dedication to rebuilding remains steadfast.

Concern for the Community: Physical Needs and Mental Health Support

In the conversation, Ashley and Marvin voice concern for other families affected by the wildfires. They highlight the need for support, especially for families who may not have the same local networks to lean on during times of crisis. The lack of power and water supplies compounds the challenges faced by families in Maui, emphasizing the urgency for collective aid and resources. 

Amidst the physical and financial strain, the Tevaga family, like many others, grapples with the mental health toll of their experience. Dealing with loss, uncertainty, and the upheaval of their daily lives can take a significant toll on families. Recognizing the importance of mental health support, organizations like Boots on the Ground Maui aim to provide resources and counseling services to help families cope with the emotional challenges that arise in the aftermath of such tragedies.

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A Beacon of Hope: Supporting Boots on the Ground Maui

Marvin and U’ilani Tevaga’s story is a poignant reminder of the resilience within the Maui community. As we join hands to rebuild lives, support for organizations like Boots on the Ground Maui becomes crucial. By extending our generosity, we can be the catalyst for positive change and provide the Tevaga family and others like them with the hope they need to rebuild their dreams.

How you can Help?

To contribute and make a difference in the lives of families like Marvin’s, please consider a donation.

Together, we can turn the page on tragedy and write a new chapter of hope for Maui’s families

Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who has supported us in our journey so far. Your belief in our cause fuels our determination to make a difference. Together, we can ensure that every resident of Maui has a place they can call home.