The island of Maui in Hawaii was in the news two months ago for a series of wildfires that burned down a sizeable portion of its vegetation. The popular tourist destination that is known for Haleakala National Park that's named after a dormant volcano, Iao Valley covered with a dense rainforest, Lahaina lined with museums, courthouses and more, was also in the news recently for being the most favourite tourist destination of a much-loved star. Mathew Perry.
The 'Friends' actor, who passed away recently, once named Maui as his most favourite place in the world. In an interview with a magazine, he said, “The weather's beautiful all year and it's very pretty. The hotels are wonderful too, especially the Four Seasons. I'm definitely a sunshine-city person.”
Maui to reopen on November 1
After the devastating fires on August 8, Maui will reopen for tourists on November 1, though a few areas which experienced extreme fire damages will remain closed. The mayor of Maui County said recently that a small section of the West Maui area will open first.
The August 8 wildfire - the deadliest to hit the United States in over a century - left behind burned cars, charred beams and piles of rubble. Officials have recovered some remains from at least 99 people but believe additional human remains are mixed in with debris ash. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency teams have been removing toxic items like pesticides and solar-powered batteries from the town.
Residents who have been staying in West Maui hotels and other short-term accommodations after losing their homes in the fire won't lose their lodging, the mayor said.We're assured by the Red Cross that their housing will not be in jeopardy, Bissen said. The mayor said the reopening schedule was voluntary and said some properties have already reopened on their own.