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When Fire Struck Lahaina, Hawai‘i’s Private Sector Rushed in to Help
November 8, 2023

Fellows mentioned in this story: Daniel Chun

From Hawai‘i Business Magazine:

In the early hours of Aug. 9, Daniel Chun, Alaska Airlines’ regional VP in Hawai‘i, got an urgent request from Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke’s office: Stop the flow of tourists into Maui. Current visitors would need to be evacuated and arrivals discouraged from coming as hotels filled up with emergency crews and displaced residents.

Alaska Airlines immediately put out notices that people should cancel and reschedule their trips, which most did. But the company maintained its eight daily flights from the continental U.S. to Maui as a way to keep evacuees flowing out and emergency relief supplies flowing in.

“Within the first 24 hours, we had teams in Seattle (Alaska Air’s headquarters) purchase pallets and pallets of supplies from Costco, everything from water and pillows to towels and diapers,” says Chun.

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