Tarzan Kay

<tarzan@tarzankay.com>

August 18, 2023

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I don’t often make requests like this…

My youngest brother Caleb has lived in Lahaina for 15 years. This is me and him at a Milky Chance concert a few months ago in Lewiston. (Isn’t he so handsome??!)

Every year I say that I’ll visit him on Maui and every year I don’t. 

The first I heard of the fires in Lahaina was when I got a text from my mom last week. “Just heard from Caleb. The fires have taken everything in Lahaina. They have escaped with only their lives.”

I abandoned my bean chili on the kitchen counter and flipped open my Apple News app. Something in me broke open as I watched live footage of Lahaina burning. 

I sat down on my kitchen floor and cried and cried. 

I won’t ask you to support my brother and his family through their crisis—we’ve got him. But most Hawaiians don’t have off-island people they can call for support. 

Today I’m asking you to support the Hawaiian people, from whom so much has already been taken.

<< This is the moment for every tourist or transplant who has ever been to Maui to open their wallets and donate. >>

Hawaii is an illegally occupied country and wildfires are just one of the ways colonization impacts the island and its inhabitants. If everyone who opened this email donated just $5, it would significantly impact the lives of many displaced families. 

<< This is the moment for every business owner who has ever read a land acknowledgement to put your money where your mouth is. >>

Here are two campaigns I recommend:

  1. Kākoʻo Maui Match Donation Fund, a campaign by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement 
  1. ‘Āina Momona Emergency Fundraiser for Maui Fires

You can also check out this Maui Mutual Aid Guide or give directly to Hawaii families here

Mahalo in advance. 

Tarzan

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