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‘It was surreal’

A group of Big Island residents helped find and rescue animals in Lahaina last weekend after the deadly wildfire swept through the town.

Schools reopening, traffic moving again in signs of recovery from Maui fires

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Public schools on Maui started the process of reopening and traffic resumed on a major road in signs of recovery a week after wildfires demolished a historic town and killed at least 110 people, while the head of the island’s emergency agency said he had “no regret” that sirens weren’t sounded to warn people about the encroaching flames.

Free eye clinic in Kona a success

Hundreds of Hawaii Island residents, some traveling from as far away as Hilo and Puna, took advantage of a free eye exam and glasses at the Hawaii Island Community Health Center in Kealakehe thanks to a program within the Department of Defense.

No danger anticipated from approaching storms

Just a week after Hurricane Dora contributed to the wildfires that caused death and destruction in West Maui and some property damage in West Hawaii, there are two more tropical cyclones lurking in the Pacific.

Big Island pilots respond to Maui crisis

Within hours of learning of the devastation wrought on the Maui town of Lahaina, phones were ringing among the general aviation pilots of Hawaii. An often under-appreciated yet vital part of the emergency infrastructure of Hawaii, private pilots and aircraft owners throughout the state began organizing flights of lifesaving supplies of food, medicine, clothing, water and whatever else the victims of the fire were in dire need of.

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