After the devastating wildfires that ravaged Maui last month, the island discouraged travelers from coming to the tropical destination. While Lāhainā, the primary impact zone of the wildfires, will remain closed to visitors, Governor Josh Green recently signed an emergency proclamation lifting the travel ban for those visiting the remaining areas of West Maui.
Starting October 8th, travelers will be able to visit Nāpili, Kāʻanapali, and Kapalua, the other areas of West Maui that weren’t in the direct path of the wildfires. The decision to reopen comes after an estimated loss of more than $350 million in revenue to the island. “The loss from business closures and visitor expenditures is estimated to be $11 million a day on Maui since August 9, 2023,” a press release from the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism stated.
Many island locals are relieved at the announcement of tourism resuming in the coming month. Countless small businesses have floundered following the shutdown due to the wildfires, many of which were still recovering from COVID shutdowns in the years prior. Resorts such as Hotel Wailea and Four Seasons Maui even incentivize tourists to return, offering donations to local foundations for every booking purchased. While safety remains a priority, helping those in need is always a good look.