Tag: Maui Fire

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…

Our furry friends.  Our confidants, best friends, security blanket, and that one thing that no matter what is going on they are always happy we are home.  That wagging tail, those big eyes and squiggly body as they wiggle around us waiting for us to say hello.  Our pets are an integral part of our lives and for some people they may be the only living creature that someone truly feels themselves around.  Whether it is a dog, cat, fish, mouse, turtle, rat, bird or even lizard.  These animals are as much a part of the fabric of our lives as the homes we live in and the people that surround us. So, what happens when the pets…

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…

To House or to host? To visit Maui or not visit? This is a question on everyone’s mind right now that owns a vacation rental on Maui. With tourism in a state of confusion and the local community struggling to find housing-what is the answer? I talk with people all day long from the early hours of the morning to the very late hours at night regarding this predicament. Both folks looking for long term housing and Owners of vacation rental units that both want to help, but also have mortgages to pay. The challenge for many unit owners is that maintenance fee on a vacation rentable unit is extremely high. Often $1,000 a month or more. Add…

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.…