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There was a massive "wildfire" on the west coast of Maui. Was it natural or deliberate? Here's what I know.
Located on the west coast of Maui, Lahaina was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
It was MYSTERIOUSLY and TOTALLY destroyed by a massive “wildfire” in August 2023. Lahaina had a 2023 population of somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 people. Sadly, some 10% of those people are probably dead now and the Government is hiding the real death count.
Lahaina is a historic place and very important to Native Hawaiians. Lahaina's history mirrors that of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Lahaina’s Historic District was a National Historic Landmark District. Designated in 1962, the district recognized Lahaina as one of the capital cities of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The downtown sits on the waterfront.
It is stunningly beautiful.
Lahaina was a popular residential center for the kings of Maui prior to the arrival of European explorers in the late 18th century.
Kamehameha I made his landing here when he began the conquest of Maui in 1795, and Kamehameha II established a residence here in 1819. When Kamehameha III ascended to the Hawaiian throne in 1825, he made Lahaina his capital, preferring it to the busier Honolulu.
Before the unification of Hawaii, Lahaina was the royal capital of Maui. In 1795, Lahaina was conquered by Kamehameha I, and established the town as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii—even before the unification of the Hawaiian islands.
According to Lahaina's official history, "In 1802, King Kamehameha made Lahaina the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He built a brick palace there, along with residences and other royal buildings, and Lahaina served as the center of the Hawaiian government for over 50 years, until permanently relocating to Honolulu for its harbor."
While it was the capital, Hawaiian kings and queens attended Waine‘e Church (now Waiola Church). Buried in the graveyard there include Queen Keōpūolani (King Kamehameha I's wife), King Kaumuali‘i, Queen Kalākua, Princess Nahiʻenaʻena, Governor Hoapili, and Governess Liliha.
Lahaina served as a whaling port and fishing town, making it a global trade destination. "When the whaling industry got established and they pushed out subsistence fishing, there were protests on construction pretty much every step of the way. Our ancestors, especially Native Hawaiians fought them every step of the way. Front Street is also a reminder of that history of resistance."
In 1873, Sheriff William Owen Smith planted an Indian banyan tree, where Kamehameha's first palace was located. However, Smith, the son of missionaries, didn't plant it for royal reasons, but rather "to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Protestant mission in Lahaina.”
It is not just the historic buildings and landmarks that are important to Native Hawaiians.
It has also been revered as a sacred place by Native Hawaiians because it has long been the home of Kihawahine, a woman who transformed into a moʻo goddess, or a supernatural shapeshifting lizard in Hawaiian religion. Her primary home was in a fishpond at Mokuʻula, a small island in Lahaina that was considered a “piko,” or center of traditional religious and political activity. Native Hawaiian royalty lived nearby to be near Kihawahine and her supernatural power.
King Kamehameha selected this place to be near Kihawahine, the guardian spirit of his wife Keōpūolani.
The earthly home of Kihawahine changed dramatically in the 19th century. Sugarcane companies diverted the waters that fed the fishpond and freshwater springs at Mokuʻula for irrigation, which caused the fishpond to dry up. Subsequently, the U.S. Territory of Hawaii filled what was left of the pond with soil in the early 20th century for a public park.
The mayor of Maui County summarized the situation with this comment: "I'm telling you, none of it's there. It's all burned to the ground."
High winds rapidly spread “wildfires” through the town - yet surprisingly, no outdoor warning sirens were set off by either local or state emergency agencies.
Hawaii boasts the largest integrated outdoor all-hazard public safety warning system in the world, with about 400 sirens positioned across the island chain to alert residents of developing situations. NONE of them were activated.
Hawaii’s Emergency Services Administration confirmed on Friday, “Neither Maui nor HI-EMA activated warning sirens on Maui during the wildfire incident.”
“They didn’t give us no warning. No nothing,” Lisa Panis, a resident in western Maui said. “No siren, no alarms, no nothing.”
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed that no sirens linked to Maui’s Emergency Alert System were activated on that day. The system, which comprises 80 sirens across Maui, is designed to motivate people to seek detailed emergency information, like via online, TV, or radio broadcasts.
An especially tragic aspect of the fire is that many of the victims appear to be children. An anonymous source claiming to be a “whistleblower” gave her view of local conditions.
“Just reported from a whistleblower: What you’re not hearing from our local government – I just got out of a meeting where I was informed by someone in the Mayors office about developments that are being kept from the public. I am not a conspiracy theorist and I don’t want to make trouble but here’s what I’ve heard.”
“The amount of fatalities is expected to be more than 1000. Many of the fatalities will be children who were at home because they canceled school. Parents worked and were not there to evacuate the children. Kids had no idea they needed to leave and by the time they noticed their homes or apartments were on fire, it was too late. The government is worried about how we will react when we learn that the fire department left the fire earlier in the day and claimed it was 100% contained knowing that the winds were expected to be 70mph by the afternoon.”
“This is against all fire control protocols. The fire department should not have left the original fire unattended. They are scared that the public calls for accountability will be more than they can control and protests and riots will occur. They plan to lock down Lahaina for several months. It will take months to clean up the hazardous and environmental contamination. They won’t have enough housing for All the displaced. There were 2,000 unaccounted for this morning. They have a list where they are trying to keep track. They found 700 today. But there are still 1300 missing.”
“They are very worried that the community is going to freak out when they find out how not a single fire truck responded to the fires. The emergency sirens were not activated (hurricane sirens) and loss of life could have been kept down by better emergency management which utterly failed. I’m not trying to make waves or stir up problems but I was so angry and sad when I found out how many children are dead that I knew I had to post this and let everyone know what I have learned. It’s time for our officials to stand up, tell the truth, and face the music. They failed Lāhainā guys.”
“Our government is full of incompetent nepotism. The fire chief is the son of the former fire chief. We need to hold officials accountable for the mistakes they made. Please don’t hate the messenger. I’m just relaying what I learned today. God bless Maui and Lahaina! Pray for all the victims.”
The trust in the government has become so low that many people believe that the town was destroyed on purpose by a DEW or ‘directed energy weapon’ to unleash the blaze. The motive cited is to further the 15 minute “smart cities” agenda of the World Economic Forum. Burn it down and BUILD BACK BETTER.
Are these theories true? I don’t know but there are NO coincidences. I believe they burned down the Lake Street corridor in Minneapolis during the George Floyd riots so they could put in light rail around the City Lakes, which has been resisted for years, add public housing and build so-called high density “15 minute cities” in Minneapolis and 1st ring suburbs.
I personally experienced what the Government will do when they want your land and you refuse to sell. They burned down 28 full grown pine trees (over 100 feet tall) surrounding my old cabin in Wisconsin in order to get me to approve their expanded power and oil and fiberoptic right of ways across my land! Then they offered me $10 per tree. I sued them and got $1000 per tree! But, the damage was done! They told me it was a mistake! ARSON IS NOT A MISTAKE.
At least 11,000 people were forced to evacuate Lahaina. FEMA estimated that over 2,000 buildings have been destroyed and set the damage estimate at over $5.5 BILLION. Who profits from rebuilding? Not the people who lived there!
Most of the town’s residents were caught completely by surprise because the initial fire up the hill from town was declared contained at 9:00 a.m. However, another fire in the same area, but closer to town, apparently flared up at 3:30 p.m., and strong winds quickly pushed it into town. That sounds suspicious right there!
Several downed trees and power poles blocked car ingress and egress, impeding the means of escape by car. Many people got into their cars to flee, but then discovered they couldn’t escape and were burned alive in their vehicles.
The fires that leveled the town of Lahaina wiped out shops, restaurants and a hotel built more than century ago, burning across some of the most spectacular land in the world. High-profile billionaires including Oprah Winfrey, Peter Thiel and Jeff Bezos all have homes on Maui - which were left untouched.
But the deadly blaze destroyed modest houses and apartments where many workers running Maui’s booming tourism industry lived.
Maui needs more public housing for the people who work in its hotels and on its golf courses - but the locals do not want to sell.
“We already had a housing crisis,’’ said Leslie Wilkins, president of the Maui Economic Development Board. “This grossly exacerbated it.”
Maui was one of the nation’s hot pandemic housing markets, where wealthy buyers from the mainland realized they could work remotely from Hawaii. They bought houses sight unseen, often with all cash.
Housing prices in Maui County, which had already been on the rise since the financial crisis, increased about 35 percent from 2019 to 2022.
For years, affordable housing developments have failed to get approved on Maui because of neighborhood opposition and bureaucratic red tape, said Justin Tyndall, assistant professor of economics at the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization. A large percentage of the housing stock is also used for vacation rentals, further winnowing supply.
The fire damage is going to cause a lot of people to “fix” the housing crisis for Maui’s low income workers. Hmm. It’s almost like it was planned!
Some of the county’s 87,000 workers were forced out of Maui by rising costs and went looking for jobs on the U.S. mainland. Las Vegas has become such a popular destination for the recent Hawaiian diaspora that it is known as the ninth island.
In 2022, Hawaii had the highest cost of living of any state, according to data from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Hawaii imports the vast majority of its food, making everyday groceries expensive. The cost of building materials is also high, presenting another challenge to the rebuilding efforts
Governor Josh Green said in an interview with CNN that finding permanent housing for people displaced by the fires is “going to be one of our largest lifts.”
He noted that the state was already under an “emergency order” related to the housing shortage. “But now of course things are made worse.”
Some workers who have managed to stay in Maui’s inflated real estate market have been living in houses, built decades ago, which they inherited from family members.
Some of these “legacy” houses have had as many as 12 people bunking together in two or three bedrooms.
The fires could disproportionately affect Native Hawaiian families in terms of their ability to recoup losses on their homes.
Many Native Hawaiian families in Lahaina will probably get much less in compensation because a lot of their homes were passed down through generations and are paid off, so the owners don’t have mortgages and aren’t required to have insurance.
The fire may be the final straw for many families that have lived there for generations. Many of these legacy houses are not insured or insulated, making the cost of rebuilding them to meet current codes prohibitive.
“There are going to be a lot of families who cannot rebuild.”
Robbie Wares, 64, has lived for decades in a Lahaina neighborhood known as Kiawe Camp, near a Safeway grocery store. Her home of 20 years had been destroyed in the fire.
While sitting in an emergency shelter in a gymnasium, she thought aloud about what was next for her — and for her neighbors who had lived in what she said were poorly maintained apartments that she doubted were habitable even before the fire devastated the town.
She bought her home, which her brother-in-law and sister own partially, for around $150,000 about two decades ago. She spent $20,000 on a new roof, and she still owes $120,000 on it.
She guessed the land is worth about $1 million now. But she doesn’t know where she’d go if she sold the property.
In May 2023, Hawaiian officials reported suspected widespread arson on the island of Maui.
“Fire and police suspect someone is intentionally setting them,” said Maui Mayor Michael Victorino.
Oprah Winfrey also owns some 1,000 acres of land on Maui. It is unclear how her property faired during the wildfires. Part of her real estate portfolio, according to the New York Times, includes hundreds of acres of land in the Kula area to the southeast of Lahaina - the seaside town devastated by the fires.
Celebrities including Paris Hilton have also come under fire for holidaying in Maui despite Hawaii tourism officials begging visitors to leave to free up hotel rooms for homeless residents.
A Hawaiian couple is suing four power firms for keeping their lines energized despite 'high fire danger' warnings.
Hawaiian Electric, the utility that oversees Maui Electric and provides service to 95% of the state’s residents, did not deploy what’s known as a “public power shutoff plan,” which involves intentionally cutting off electricity to areas where big wind events could spark fires.
Monica and Rede Eder, who own a house in the seaside town which has been razed to the ground by the wildfires, launched the suit 'on behalf of a class and subclasses of all persons similarly situated' - as they say 'scores of people burned to death'.
The suit is made against Hawaiian Electric Industries - which serves 95 percent of Hawaii's 1.4 million residents - and its companies HECO, MECO and HELCO.
The couple claim that the power companies 'inexcusably kept their power lines energized during forecasted high fire danger conditions'
Residents were forced to flee on foot after seemingly receiving no alert from the state's emergency warning systems.
But Hawaii emergency management records show no indication that the warning sirens were triggered. Many of Lahaina's survivors said they didn't hear any sirens and only realized they were in danger when they saw flames or heard explosions nearby.
Residents were forced to escape the inferno on foot, with some saying it took as little as five minutes before they were in a position where they had no choice but to flee.
Monica and Rede's lawsuit alleges that the National Weather Service had issued a High Wind Watch and Red Flag Warning which cautioned energized power lines could increase the rate in which the fires could spread.
They claim that by acting improperly during the devastating fires, the power companies 'caused loss of life, serious injuries, destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses, displacement of thousands of people, and damage to many of Hawaii's historic and cultural sites.'
The suit said: 'Scores of people burned to death. Other victims suffered severe burns, smoke inhalation and additional serious injuries.'
LippSmith LLP and other law firms have also filed a class-action lawsuit against Hawaiian Electric, alleging that its downed power lines caused the fire, and that company officials 'inexcusably kept their power lines energized' despite fire warnings.
Biden has been blasted for refusing to comment on the rising death toll as he spent two hours relaxing on the beach in Delaware on Sunday.
The 80-year-old was seen reclining on a sun lounger on Rehoboth Beach, near his holiday home in the state.
'No comment,' Biden replied.
KARI LAKE: One of the most beautiful places on earth has been reduced to cinders. In Delaware, Biden can't be bothered to care. Putting America First means getting this joker out of the White House.
'The remains we're finding are from a fire that melted metal,' said Maui Police Chief John Pelletier. 'When we pick up the remains... they fall apart.'
That was making identification difficult, he added, appealing for those with missing relatives to give DNA samples that might speed up the process.
Pelletier said cadaver dogs still had a vast area to search in the hunt for what could still be hundreds of people who are unaccounted for.
'We're going as fast as we can. But just so you know, three percent - that's what's been searched with the dogs.”
That tells you how many bodies have NOT yet been found!
Lahaina's wildfire risk was well known. Maui County's hazard mitigation plan, last updated in 2020, identified Lahaina and other West Maui communities as having frequent wildfire ignitions and a large number of buildings at risk of wildfire damage.
Last week, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Adam Weintraub said the department's records don't show that Maui's warning sirens were triggered on Tuesday. Instead, the county used emergency alerts sent to mobile phones, televisions and radio stations, Weintraub told the Associated Press.
West Maui was also identified as having the island's highest population of people living in multi-unit housing, the second-highest rate of households without a vehicle, and the highest rate of non-English speakers.
'This may limit the population's ability to receive, understand and take expedient action during hazard events,' the plan noted.
Maui's firefighting efforts may also have been hampered by a small staff, Bobby Lee, the president of the Hawaii Firefighters Association, said last week. There are a maximum of 65 firefighters working at any given time in Maui County, and they are responsible for fighting fires on three islands - Maui, Molokai and Lanai - he said.
Those crews have about 13 fire engines and two ladder trucks, but they are all designed for on-road use.
The department does not have any off-road vehicles, which would allow crews to attack brush fires thoroughly before they reach roads or populated areas.
'You're basically dealing with trying to fight a blowtorch. You've got to be careful - you don't want to get caught downwind from that, because you're going to get run over in a wind-driven fire of that magnitude.'
Maui Fire Department Chief Brad Ventura said the fire moved so quickly from brush to neighborhood that it was impossible to get communications to emergency management agencies responsible for getting warnings out.
A Maui survivor who escaped through the ocean describes the fire as a "Fire storm." He says, "There was tornadoes of ash the size of charcoal from a barbecue, like being thrown by baseball players. . . The ocean was on fire."
The mayor said that downed power poles added to the chaos as people attempted to flee Lahaina by cutting off two important roads of town.
29 poles fell with live wires still attached, cutting off the roads to Wailuku and the airport and leaving only a narrow highway.
Coincidentally the Maui Police Chief John Pelletier was also the Incident Commander during the Las Vegas mass shooting. DOESN’T THAT SEEM ODD? THAT ALONE SMACKS OF ARSON.
Maui Chief of Police John Pelletier has a top clearance with the FBI, was involved in ethics complaints & investigated in Maui, & worked in Las Vegas leading the command during the shooting in 2017 that left 58 dead!
There’s also a book out already on Amazon promoting climate change as the cause! That’s how you know it was engineered!
HEATHER MULLINS: My source in Maui (storm chaser) said the death toll is close to 1000. Said it’s so bad they can’t identify people & they’re transporting bodies into buildings to shield them from view. One building alone he guessed had about 500 bodies. Said it looked like the Holocaust.
Speaking to News Nation, Josh Martin, a chef and business owner on Maui, explains what it was like to survive the Lahaina fire after he and his wife and five dogs were blocked from evacuating by car by police roadblocks (said to be due to downed power lines) and had to enter the water.
“It was bad. There was no where to go. At points, we didn't know where land was. There were points where we were starting to pass out and were about to drown, and had to come to shore. The cars that were parked next to shore caught on fire, or exploding, and it was a leapfrog of fire, basically: Go out, we're getting burned, come in, go out. Everywhere we were we were getting burned or we couldn't breathe.
We spent about three hours in total in the water, if not more. Keep in mind this is over a 12 hour period. This is going from 3:30 in the afternoon to about 3 oclock in the morning.
It's so hard to describe. Being out in the ocean, not knowing where you are, and being on fire, not knowing where land is, and the currents pulling us where we can't touch the ground. At times, I just remember telling her [his wife] if I start drowning, you save yourself. And it's the most terrifying experience of our life ....”
MARY CAMACHO: Burning a city to the ground isn't the only way the Democrats take over and remake America the way they want! If we won't vote for their policies, they'll destroy our life without our say! If it's not literally burning Maui (insert any city in America), Democrat policies allow criminal illegals or American criminals to do what they do until everything we own is worthless, while they hide safely behind their gates, and then they come in, buy it up, and they don't care what happens to us!
People have posted that this part of Maui is historic and the locals won’t sell. Rewind less then a year ago and meetings were held to make Maui sustainable with energy and smart cities. The only problem was nobody wanted to sell. I was told the land could NOT be bought - it was leased for 99 years, or something like that.
I’m betting that many Globalist elites will purchase land on the cheap in the upcoming months and the Government will expand public housing to house their worker slaves. Blackrock also probably had a hand in this disaster.
BOBBY PITON: The weapon deployed in Maui is the modern day version of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. DEW's would likely make Nukes irrelevant. If the CCP truly was behind Maui... Taiwan is on deck...
ROYCE WHITE: Everybody saying we shouldn’t investigate Maui… Is a straight up pussy or a sellout for the establishment. Of course we should investigate… Directed Energy Weapons?
CHARLIE KIRK: Maui's chief emergency management officer, Herman Andaya, had no expertise in disaster management. Instead, he was a lawyer whose only qualifications were previously working for Maui's mayor and watching "online FEMA trainings and workshops."
Water official M. Kaleo Manuel refused to release water resources so that landowners could protect their homes. Manuel, whose college degree is in "Hawaiian Studies," has said that water should be "revered" rather than "used," and should only be shared after "true conversations about equity."
Hawaiian Electric knew that its power lines posed a fire hazard, but spent almost nothing on wildfire prevention while spending enormously on "renewable" energy to comply with state mandates.
MCCORMICK: Many readers of my two posts on the Lahaina fire have expressed puzzlement about why the fire seemed to spread so fast with such intensity, and a number have wondered if a malevolent actor caused the fire with a Directed Energy Weapon. To understand precisely what happened, we will need a thorough and transparent investigation. The state may be reluctant to perform and publish a thorough and transparent investigation because it will almost certainly raise questions about why more wasn't done to prevent the fire.
It's a plausible hypothesis that there were multiple points of ignition caused by downed power lines that arced onto vegetation. However, this raises the question of why power wasn't quickly turned off.
One thing that many people struggle to comprehend is how FAST fire can move in a high wind, with embers blowing over 40 MPH into fresh sources of fuel such as kiawe and ironwood pine trees, which will burn with tremendous heat.
There was also a tremendous amount of gasoline in the hundreds of cars parked in Lahaina and boats moored in the marina. Norman Maclean wrote a book titled "Young Men and Fire" in which he documents how some young fire-fighters in Montana were killed by a fire that moved against them with shocking speed. Rising heat creates a low pressure, which draws in more air.
Turns out that a group of researchers called the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization submitted a report in 2014, cataloguing the dangers and proposing measures for mitigating the risk.
The Wall Street Journal report also points out the following:
In 2020, another report detailing the fire danger created by passing hurricanes was published by researchers at the University of Hawaii and the East West Center, which tied a 20 outbreak of fires on Maui and Oahu to winds from Hurricane Lane.
In 2022, Hawaiian Electric, the state’s main utility, submitted a request for funding from the public utilities commission to help offset the $189.7 million it said it needed to bolster the power grid, including wildfire preventing measures. The request is still being processed.
What strikes me as especially shameful is that state and federal agencies did NOT address the grave danger that fire posed to Lahaina.
Lahaina is only about a mile wide and two miles long and sheltered from the rest of the island by mountains. It’s perfect for arson!
Lahaina residents worry a rebuilt Maui town could slip into the hands of affluent outsiders
The cost to live in Lahaina keeps rising thanks to a chronic housing shortage and an influx of second-home buyers and wealthy transplants snatching up properties.
“I’m more concerned of big land developers coming in and seeing this charred land as an opportunity to rebuild. Hotels and condos that we can’t afford, that we can’t afford to live in — that’s what we’re afraid of.”
The median price of a Maui home is $1.2 million, putting a single-family home out of reach for the typical wage earner. It’s not possible for many to even buy a condo, with the median condo price at $850,000.
The town is host to many houses that have been in the hands of local families for generations and even a modest starter home now sells for $1 million.
Residents with insurance or government aid may get funds to rebuild, but those payouts could take years and recipients may find it won’t be enough to pay rent or buy an alternate property in the interim.
Many on Kauai spent years fighting for insurance payments after Hurricane Iniki slammed into the island in 1992 and said the same could happen in Lahaina.
“As they deal with this — the frustration of fighting insurance companies or fighting (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) — many of them may well leave because there are no other options.”
“I don’t have any money to help rebuild. I’ll put on a construction hat and help get this ship going. I’m not going to leave this place. Where am I going to go?”
So, what does all this research and information tell me? It wasn’t a “natural” disaster. It was a planned attack to gain prime real estate and enrich the wealthy elites behind the New World Order - while blaming “climate change.”
The more I study this - the more I am positive it was PLANNED ARSON that spiraled out of control! It doesn't matter how they started it - they didn't count on all the gasoline in cars and boats exploding in that confined area and creating a massive inferno from which few could escape.
You can draw your own conclusions.
Sources for this article will be posted on my Truth Social feed. Godspeed!
UPDATES: Here is President Trump’s statement on the Maui fire.
A reporter asks FEMA why the Biden administration is doing NOTHING to help survivors!
As I feared:
James O’Keefe & Jack Dorsey believe Obama and the Democrats are laundering money back to themselves from Maui through ActBlue & the Red Cross - just like the Clintons did in Haiti.
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