EP105: Hawai'i Fires Update

Sonja Bigalke-Bannan

In Maui, more than 115 people have died after wildfires struck in early August. Some 1,000 people remain missing, and the death toll is expected to rise as recovery and identification efforts continue.

The fires are especially heartbreaking for Hawaiians; more than 2,000 acres have burned in Lahaina, the historic town and the onetime capital of the former kingdom.

Host Aliah Wright speaks with NASW Hawaii chapter Executive Director Sonja Bigalke-Bannan, MSW, LCSW, about the devastation, loss of life, and how social workers in Hawai'i are coping while helping others.

Posted August 30, 2023

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From the NASW Hawai'i Chapter

August 2023 

If you are interested in supporting our efforts, we have compiled ways to help here. We understand there is a tremendous amount of aloha for Maui, from social workers from across the country and internationally. At this phase of the recovery, we humbly ask at this time to provide your kokua (help) from afar.

How you can volunteer

Sign up to staff a volunteer shift in the 24/7 virtual Zoom room to provide support for relief workers on Maui.

Maui Mental Health Response
The Hawai'i Psychological Association is coordinating contacts for mental health providers available to offer services.

Where you can donate

If you are in need of services

Please reach out to your local resources: 

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