In early August 2023, Hawaii faced one of the worst wildfires in U.S. history. These fires broke out in the state – predominantly on the island of Maui – and caused evacuations, widespread damage, and the death of 96 people in Lāhainā. The catastrophe has been linked to strong winds that tore through the area caused by Hurricane Dora, which moved south of the island chain.
Homes, buildings, and businesses in the region were destroyed. One thousand people have been confirmed missing. When the governor of Hawaii, Josh Green, was asked on August 10 how many people have died, he said: "Honestly, we don't know."
He continued, "And here's the challenge: there's no power, no internet, no phone, no radio. You compound some of that. So when we're speaking to our officers, we need them to get a sat phone."
That same day, President Joe Biden issued a federal disaster declaration. "We’re working as quickly as possible to fight those fires and evacuate residents and tourists. In the meantime, our prayers are with the people of Hawaii, but not just our prayers: every asset that we have will be available to them,” he said. This assistance should include grants for temporary housing, repairs, and loans to cover property losses and other recovery programs.
The devastating news currently has the internet abuzz, and many have burning questions: Why weren't Hawaii's emergency warning sirens activated to alert the residents? Did globalists plan this event to take the natives’ land?
To answer these questions, let's look at all the strangeness surrounding this devastation.
Will Globalists Take Over Lāhainā?
If you think it’s far-fetched for the rich and wealthy to suddenly take over Lāhainā, think again. One resident born and raised in Lāhainā, Richy Palalay, has opened up about his concerns following the wildfires. He's worried that big developers may come in and build hotels, resorts, and condos that locals could not afford to reside in. “I’m more concerned of big land developers coming in and seeing this charred land as an opportunity to rebuild,” he said. "[Hotels and condos] that we can’t afford, that we can’t afford to live in – that’s what we’re afraid of."
The executive director of Housing Hawaii's Future, an organization advocating for more housing in the state, said the town has belonged to local families for generations – but has been subjected to gentrification throughout the years. “So a lot of more recent arrivals – typically from the American mainland who have more money and can buy homes at a higher price – were to some extent displacing local families in Lahaina,” he explained. The cost of living in Maui is already sky-high, with the average home price around $1.2 million and condos going for about $850,000. If the rich had no issues contributing to the housing crisis in Maui, who’s to say they won’t take advantage of the recent destruction and build more expensive homes for themselves or profit from it?
Just take a look at the map showing which buildings were destroyed below. Many of them were along the coastline, perfect for real estate development.
Josh Green Signed “Anti-Housing” Proclamation in July
It seems Governor Green failed to win the favor of the Hawaiian residents. Last month, Green signed an emergency proclamation to speed up the construction of 50,000 new housing units on the island of Oahu. The idea left many people uneasy.
Community members expressed concerns about this move and were worried about the negative consequences it could bring. The proclamation gave a 22-member working group – mostly comprised of state officials – the power to approve projects that would replace or create existing housing and require counties to exempt the developments from fees and permit laws.
Some people are anxious about the lack of transparency and oversight. They're concerned that the order may lead to rushed decisions, misuse of power, and conflicts of interest. They also worry about developers having too much influence without proper input from the residents. Wayne Tanka, the executive director at the Sierra Club of Hawaii, worries the proclamation will compromise environmental and cultural laws instead of addressing the housing crisis. "This isn’t about housing our people. If you look at it, there are no baseline affordability requirements," he said.
John Pelletier Steps Up
Do what you will with this information, but Maui's police chief is John Pelletier, previously the 2017 Las Vegas shooting police commander.
Residents Say They’re Not Receiving the Help They Need
If Biden issued a federal disaster declaration, why are locals not getting the help they need? According to surfer Kai Lenny, the Department of Health blocked flights that would carry insulin to the residents who need it. His latest update says that the Department of Health finally cleared the flight to go to Maui, but why would they stop it in the first place?
Residents have been complaining that official response has been awfully scant. “We need some help here,” a local, Rolando Advincula, said. People in West Maui claimed they had heard little from the government and did not know "what forms of official aid" were available. So far, the majority of the assistance is coming from volunteers.
Green recently told journalists he won't let it get too expensive for locals after it gets rebuilt. He mentioned that he's considering options for the state to obtain land for the workforce or as open space dedicated as a memorial for those affected by the tragedy. “We want Lahaina to be a part of Hawaii forever,” he said. “We don’t want it to be another example of people being priced out of paradise.” Let's hope he keeps his word.
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