How to help Maui families rebuild

Aug 21, 2023, 8:00 PM | Updated: Aug 22, 2023, 12:42 pm

LAYTON, Utah — A group of Utahns from Maui are asking everyone to ensure we don’t forget the families after the fires are extinguished.

People like Minette Ngalu, say her Ohana, or close family and friends, were impacted by the Lahaina fire.

“I cry for Lahaina, the home of my family,” Ngalu said

One of her friend’s mother was found dead on the street. The family believes as she was heading for her car to get away.

Minette Ngalu looking at the remains of her family compound. (Mike Anderson/KSL TV)

She said the family split their time between Utah and Maui at their compound. About five extended-family homes were lost.

“What I would call our family compound, where many of my cousins live, those homes are all burned down,” Ngalu said.

She worries about all the people on the island who will need help in the years to come.

“According to the sources that I’ve been in contact with, immediate have been and are being met. They’re overwhelmed,” she said.

Ngalu said she’s hearing people get receiving plenty of immediate supplies that are needed for now, but it’s afterward she worries about.

“How can we make sure that in three years, needs are still being met? Whether it’s emotional. Whether it’s financial,” she said.

She said if you know someone with Ohana in Maui, ask how you can help, and don’t let the support fade.

Maui recovery efforts continue, mental health top of mind

Many other groups are asking the same, like Help Maui Rise*, one of over a thousand fundraisers compiled by a small group of volunteers that continues to grow. And those volunteers recently announced they’re now getting support from GoFundMe.com to help thoroughly vet those fundraisers daily.

Ngalu believes that if the community can stay together, we can help them overcome this tragedy.

“And you know, like the phoenix, from the ashes come forth, you know, that they come out stronger,” Ngalu said.

You can visit the GoFundMe website* for all approved fundraisers if you wish to donate.

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Some good Samaritans came to the aid of Joey Espinoza after he had a medical emergency during a rec...

Shelby Lofton

Good Samaritans take action after Tooele man is badly burned at a campsite

A Tooele County family is thanking the good Samaritans who saved their father's life during a camping trip emergency. 

6 hours ago

Longtime announcer Lloyd Newell speaks as Derrick Porter is announced as the new voice of the Taber...

Hanna Seariac, Deseret News

Lloyd Newell bids farewell after 34 years of bringing inspiration from the Crossroads of the West

A few minutes before the broadcast “Music & the Spoken Word” started, Lloyd Newell walked up on stage at the Conference Center, like he’s done many times before. But this time, it was different — it’s his last time.

7 hours ago

tooele county sheriff's office...

Mark Jones

Skydiving accident in Tooele County sends one person to the hospital

A skydiving accident Sunday afternoon in Tooele County sent one person to the hospital, according to the Tooele County Sheriff's Office.

8 hours ago

emergency lights...

Mark Jones

5 juveniles hospitalized following early-morning crash in South Jordan

Police say five juveniles were hospitalized early Sunday morning following a one-vehicle crash.

9 hours ago

A group of teenagers were climbing up rocks at a hiking spot in Utah County when a large boulder br...

Brianna Chavez

Search and rescue crews faced difficult challenges in rescue of injured 16-year-old boy

A group of teenagers were climbing up rocks at a hiking spot in Utah County when a large boulder broke loose and struck a 16-year-old boy on Friday. The boy suffered a broken femur, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office.

10 hours ago

The Main Library in Salt Lake City is pictured on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Scott G. Winterton, Dese...

Kennedy Camarena, KSL NewsRadio

LISTEN: The end of libraries?

SALT LAKE CITY — These days, just about everything is electronic, including books. This begs us to ask the question, could we be seeing the end of school and city libraries? KSL NewsRadio’s host of A Woman’s View Amanda Dickson discussed this topic on the show with three guests. 👇 Ronda Menlow, former state representative […]

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

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.

How to help Maui families rebuild