Barack Obama, Jason Momoa, Mick Fleetwood and More Celebrities Speak Out About Maui Fires
Celebrities are sending their thoughts and prayers to Maui amid the deadly wildfires.
Brush fires caused by strong winds destroyed much of Maui on Tuesday, August 8, leading President Joe Biden to declare that a “major disaster exists in the state of Hawaii” and order federal aid to be sent.
“Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the wildfires in Maui, and our prayers are with those who have seen their homes, businesses, and communities destroyed,” Biden, 80, said in a White House statement on Wednesday, August 9. “We are grateful to the brave firefighters and first responders who continue to run toward danger, putting themselves in harm’s way to save lives.”
As of the time of publication, 36 people have died as a result of the wreckage in Maui.
“Lahaina has been devastated,” one resident told CNN on Thursday, August 10. “People [are] jumping in the ocean to escape the flames, being rescued by the coast guard. All boat owners are being asked to rescue people. It’s apocalyptic.”
Scroll down to see stars’ reactions to the Maui disaster:
“We are devastated and heartbroken for our friends and ‘ohana on Maui who [have] been impacted by the recent wildfires,” Momoa wrote via Instagram alongside information detailing how people can help.
“MAUI and The Lahaina community have been my home for several decades,” Fleetwood captioned a photo of his restaurant, which was destroyed in the fires. “This is a devastating moment for MAUI and many are suffering unimaginable loss. Fleetwoods on Front Street has been lost and while we are heartbroken our main priority is the safety of our dear staff and team members. On behalf of myself and my family I share my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the people of MAUI. We are committed to supporting the community and those affected by this disaster in the days, month[s] and years to come.”