Tag: Kim McLaughlin

LAHAINA, Hawaii, Aug. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Kim & Kai McLaughlin, long-time residents of Maui, along with friends and business partners Derek & Ashley Hyman have announced the creation of “Boots on the Ground Maui”. In response to the recent tragedy of the Lahaina fires that destroyed historic Lahaina Town and surrounding neighborhoods, the organization will take action to help restore the community. “Our mission is not just to provide temporary relief but to create a culture-changing solution that will transition the Aina from division and imbalance of home stability to a thriving, growing, sustainable, and affordable community,” said Kim McLaughlin. By providing resources, support, and sustainable strategies, the organization seeks to empower individuals and families to regain stability and thrive within their community both in the immediate aftermath…

Imagine finally making moves to start a new life with three young children. These types of big decisions do not come easily, quickly nor without bravery. And yet somehow when it is time and when it is necessary, we find the strength to make big changes. Even when we feel small. Carla Reader Hazlet is one of these types of women. Resilient. She is a teacher at Lahaina Intermediate and is an adventurous and loving Mother to 3 beautifully vibrant children. Her network of friends include like-minded family oriented folks in our community. Over the years we have seen each other at many camping trips at Olowalu, kid’s birthday parties, pizza parties and talk story hangouts with friends.…

The hardest thing about devoting my time to our newly founded corporation Boots On The Ground Maui is reading the screen on my laptop through my misty eyes and aching soul. Trudging the path of doing what I can to help those affected by the fire, is a constant dance. One that just like many of us on the Island I do without any hesitation. My time flows between work, family life, loved ones and of course the daily needs of our community which in a matter of hours- mushroomed into a cloud of smoke and fire. Forever changed, yet eternally stronger because of it. One minute there is a sense of purposefulness that gives energy to the…

As many of you know, Boots on the Ground Maui was born out of the devastating fire that ravaged the historic old town of Lahaina. Our mission since then has grown from disaster relief to working to address Maui’s housing crisis with solution-oriented actions that will bring about a culture change and transform our Aina into a thriving, sustainable, and affordable community. Recently, we had the honor of having our co-founder, Kim McLaughlin, share our story with the world during an interview on BBC Breakfast with host Jon Kay. Kim is a successful realtor from Maui who sprang into action in the hours and days following the fire. Her efforts to raise funds and deliver much-needed supplies to…