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Impacted by the wildfires in Hawaii? The ARA Foundation can help

By Connie Lannan

August 13, 2023

ARA Foundation Disaster ReliefMultiple wildfires erupted in Hawaii during the overnight hours of Tuesday, Aug. 8, affecting primarily Maui and Hawai‘i Island. Left in its wake were at least 55 fatalities as of Aug. 11, hundreds of damaged or destroyed structures and thousands of people who were forced to evacuate.  

While the exact cause is not yet known, CBS News reported the wildfires were “fueled by a mix of land and atmospheric conditions that can create ‘fire weather.’ [An offshore] hurricane, classified as a Category 4 by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Wednesday morning, contributed to heavy wind gusts above 60 mph that tore through Maui.” 

According to the New York Times, “flames burned with such intensity that at least a dozen people escaped into the Pacific Ocean and were later rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.” 

If your rental store or employees have been severely impacted by these fires, know that the ARA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Grants are here to assist.  

Two types of grants are available: 

 For more information on these services or to donate to the ARA Foundation, click here. 

For questions, contact Jill Peterson, program manager for the ARA Foundation and Government Affairs, at, or 800-334-2177, ext. 254.