Missionaries focus on service in second Maui town hit by wildfires

Aug 16, 2023, 10:47 PM | Updated: Aug 17, 2023, 5:45 am

KULA, Hawaii — The fire in Lahaina is not the only one devastating the island. In upcountry Maui multiple homes were lost to another fire, displacing 19 families and threatening more homes.

In the past week Lahaina fire survivor shelters have been overwhelmed with volunteers, said Brother Nielsen, a senior missionary serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“For the first couple of days, we focused on those shelters but they didn’t need us anymore. As we looked for other opportunities, we saw there was less support upcountry,” Brother Nielsen said.

Brother and Sister Nielsen from Alpine, Utah were serving in the Lahaina 1st ward when the fire hit. They were at a zone conference in a neighboring town.

They, along with the eight sisters, 20 elders, and three senior couples, are now focused on clearing debris from powerful winds and wildfires in Kula. The group was connected to a pastor from a different church who needed help in his mountainside community.

“We are clearing debris from some homes, on the side of the street. There’s been some dangerous situations up there and there are power lines down,” said Sister Fuamatua from Sandy, Utah.

Sister Fuamatu said this is an opportunity to serve families that may not expect to see help, with many efforts back in Lahaina.

“When one family is devastated, one community is devastated, everyone is devastated and everyone can feel it,” she said.

Their hope is to help those who are struggling, no matter what part of the island they live on. The missionaries hope to inspire others to serve and donate as the island of Maui heals.

“For those on the outside, the message would be if there’s anything you can do, please do it,” Elder Howells said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

FILE - Police lights (Ray Boone, KSL TV)...

Mary Culbertson

Man shot, killed in Salt Lake City homicide

One man is dead after he was shot in a Glendale neighborhood. Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

1 hour ago

A large fire at a historic church building in downtown Salt Lake required a three-alarm response fr...

Mary Culbertson

Historic church burns in downtown Salt Lake

A large fire at a historic church building, the Wells Ward meetinghouse, caused a four-alarm response from Salt Lake Fire Department.

4 hours ago

Despite rain earlier in the day, hundreds of people came out to attend the annual Busker Fest on Sa...

Brianna Chavez

Rain clears up Saturday for families to enjoy annual Busker Fest

Rain put a damper on some plans, but thankfully the sunshine came out just in time for people to enjoy the weekend festivities especially the annual Busker Fest.

14 hours ago

Christopher "Topher" Owens and William "Drew" Bull were last seen on February 26 in Blanding...

Mark Jones

Man accused in the killing of two missing men earlier this year is facing additional charges

A man accused of killing two men missing from San Juan County earlier this year is facing additional charges.

15 hours ago

Levi Wright, 3, vanished into a creek and was found a mile downstream in a near drowning. On Friday...

Mark Jones and Mary Culbertson, KSL TV

‘MRI wasn’t good’; Utah family not giving up after son nearly drowned

A toddler who nearly drowned in a Beaver County creek has been not speaking after waking up from a coma. Recent MRI results did not look promising, but his family is not giving up.

15 hours ago

A dog peers at Animal Care of Davis County in Fruit Heights in an undated photo. The county is plan...

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

Davis County officials weigh tax hike, planning new shelter to contend with stray dogs, cats

Animal Care of Davis County, the sole animal shelter in the county, is crunched for space and money. It's prompted plans to build a new $15-million shelter and has Davis County commissioners weighing a property tax hike to keep pace with the rising cost of caring for the critters.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Missionaries focus on service in second Maui town hit by wildfires