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Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

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Lancer community helps Maui fire victims

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Academy students Tiarelei Keanu and Kaila Teves folding donation clothes for Maui fire victims. Photo by Keira Wheeler.

On Tuesday, several brush fires quickly spread throughout Maui’s communities, including historic Lahaina town. The fire destroyed many people’s homes and took many lives.

Within 24 hours of the event, Sacred Heart Academy’s parent organization planned a donation drive at the front of the Kaimuki campus. The drive today collected items such as clothing, baby food, diapers, nonperishable items, feminine hygiene products and much more.

“When you have nothing, this is when the community should come together and help each other,” said alumna and parent board president Natasha Haukea Ho ‘97.

Today’s donation drive, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., included help from parents, the LIFE Team, and the Student Council. Community members drove to the front of campus to drop off donations. The volunteers collected, sorted through and boxed up the items. 

Freshman Kaila Teves volunteered and felt very inspired by the donation drive. She wrote a statement and prayer for Maui.

“As a small state, we need to band together to support one another throughout the hard times we suffer through,” she said. “When one of us needs the other, we will do anything in our power to support them. During this drive-through for Maui, we worked together to help each other, and it brought a sense of unity and motivation to our community.”

Part of her prayer included the following, “I pray for those who are suffering. If it is your will, I pray that you heal them, Lord. I ask that you be with them, comfort them and provide them with peace. Keep Maui in your hearts and your prayers for we only have one state that is us.”

According to Maui County officials, the fire was 80% contained in Lahaina yesterday. There were also fires in Kihei and upcountry. The Maui firefighters continue to patrol these towns.

While the cause of the fire is still being investigated, 270 structures were affected by the fire. There are 67 confirmed fatalities, as of today.

A box filled with toys and other necessities was collected by Kaleikini-Thompson and her family. “My mom said that even though they are going through so much, it’s important that they try to do fun things and keep a normal routine,” Kaleikini-Thompson said. Photo courtesy of Cheyanne Thompson.

Sophomore Lillian Kaleikini-Thompson has family in Lahaina. On the day of the fire, she and her family watched the local news reports and texted relatives on Maui to find out if they were safe.

“My cousins are young and to see all the videos of families running away from the fires and some families not making it, it was bad to think of the worst,” she said. 

Kaleikini-Thompson did not volunteer at the Academy’s donation drive. Her family’s focus was to first help her family.

“We helped because that is what families do,” she said. “We sent over four boxes and a suitcase of your necessities to my uncles and their family…from clothes, home goods, medical supplies, medicine, toys, and gift cards.”

 Kaleikini-Thompson applauds the Academy’s efforts. 

“It’s absolutely helpful to donate for the Maui victims,” she said. “Knowing that Sacred Hearts lead a donation drive shows empathy and shows that Hawaii is so special that we can help every community in times of need.”

While there are many donation efforts across the state and nation, Ho recommended that if you want to donate in support of Maui, make sure it is to a reputable source, such as the Red Cross.

The Academy dropped off all donations to the nonprofit Ke Kula Nui O Waimanalo. In total, the Academy donated many necessities, which filled up a large truck and three vans, according to Ho. They will be distributed to the American Red Cross for the people affected in Maui.

Academy alumna Natasha Haukea Ho 97′ (far right) organizes boxes of donations. The donations were delivered to a nonprofit called Ke Kula Nui O Waimanalo. Photo by Keira Wheeler.
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Keira Wheeler, Reporter
Keira is a second-year Journalism student and a sophomore at the Academy. She hopes that she can use her love of writing to keep others informed on important events! Keira believes that in Journalism, if you work hard and hone your craft, you'll be rewarded with opportunities and connections that'll help you in the future.

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