Tag: Lahaina

Fortitude, sacrifice, brotherhood and service.  Words that carry a depth much deeper than the pen strike that dents this paper.  A sea of blue riding on the yellow ray of sunlight which appears like a symbol of hope in even the most dire situations.  Sirens blaring, lights announcing and the simple appearance of these men and women in uniform bring both an admiration and an incredible wave of relief when they arrive. But who are these almost mystical creatures, the civil servants to our communities?  Why do we love them so much? How can we show our gratitude for the work that they do and what compels them to commit their life to running toward the exact situations…

Here at Boots on the Ground Maui, our mission is fueled by the desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who have been displaced and are struggling to find stable housing on this beautiful island. Every step we take is guided by compassion and a commitment to creating positive change. Recently, we had the incredible opportunity to spread the word about our cause through a feature on KITV, and we are overflowing with gratitude for this platform that allowed us to share our story. A Spotlight on Our Cause In a recent appearance on KITV, we delved into the heart of the matter – discussing the critical issue of housing instability that plagues individuals…

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…

In the face of raging wildfires, Maui’s bravest stood in the frontline, selflessly battling the flames to protect our community. Tragically, while they were saving lives and properties, they lost their own homes to the fire. Today, Boots on the Ground Maui is launching “The Ohana Restoration Grant” – supporting the Maui Fire Department (MFD) Families, a fundraising campaign dedicated to these courageous firefighters and their families. As they’ve been there for us, it’s now our turn to stand with them, turning this heartbreaking loss into a journey of recovery and rebuilding. Join us as we rally support for our heroes in their time of need. In the heart of our beloved Maui, fifteen heroic families, with 55…

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…

The entire team at Boots on the Ground Maui is proud to announce the launch of a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rebuild Maui after the tragic fires that devastated the Maui community a short week ago. Starting a non profit is not easy and we need as much help as we can get. Keep reading to learn how you can support us in our efforts to ensure the rebuilding of West Maui addresses the housing crisis that has been growing over the past few decades. What is Boots on the Ground Maui? With the recent tragedy of the Lahaina fires which completely destroyed historic Lahaina Town and surrounding neighborhoods, the team behind Boots on the Ground Maui…