Maui to lift tourism restrictions from October


Maui is lifting most of its tourism restrictions next month following the devastating wildfires that impacted West Maui and killed at least 115 people.

Gov. Josh Green’s Emergency Proclamation discouraging nonessential travel to West Maui will be discontinued from October 8.

Tourists have previously been encouraged to visit parts of the island that were not impacted by the wildfire, though hotels on the northwestern coast temporarily stopped accepting or honoring reservations.

Areas set to reopen include Kaʻanapali and Kapalua, two beach resort towns where a large portion of the island’s hotel rooms are located. Lahaina, the historic town decimated by the wildfire, will not be open and traffic will be prohibited.

“The passenger count to Kahului Airport decreased by more than 70 percent after the tragedy from 7,000 a day to 2,000 a day,” according to a statement from Hawai’i’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

The department said losses from businesses closing and visitor expenditures have had a combined total of approximately US$11 million each day since August 9.