Maui fires: Will more Hawaiian heritage be lost?

Death toll climbs after wildfires race through the island of Maui in Hawaii, destroying the historic town of Lahaina.

The Maui wildfires are the nation's fifth-deadliest on record, according to research by the National Fire Protection Association, a nonprofit that publishes fire codes and standards used in the U.S. and around the world.
The Maui wildfires are the fifth deadliest on record in the US, according to research by the National Fire Protection Association [Noah Berger/AP Photo]

They’re the deadliest wildfires the United States has seen in more than a century. Cutting through the Hawaiian island of Maui, the fires started on August 8 and have killed more than 100 people. But with about 1,000 people still missing, the death toll is expected to rise. Among the destroyed areas is Lahaina, a historic town that served as the Kingdom of Hawaii’s capital in the 1800s. Wildfire experts and ecologists say factors related to climate change – high winds and drought – and other man-made changes to Hawaii’s landscape caused the fires. Such conditions could lead to similar disasters, so how will Hawaii protect its heritage for the future?

In this episode: 

  • Kaniela Ing (@KanielaIng), national director of Green New Deal Network and co-founder of Our Hawaii

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Ashish Malhotra, Chloe K. Li and our host Malika Bilal. Khaled Soltan and Zaina Badr fact-checked this episode.

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Source: Al Jazeera