Jason Momoa shares his support for Maui residents as they continue to fight the deadly ongoing wildfires on the island of Maui.
“We are devastated and heartbroken for our friends and ‘ohana on Maui who were affected by the recent wildfires,” said the aquaman the star and native Hawaiian wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.
He also shared photos and videos from the non-profit organization ‘Āina Momona, showing the devastation, including neighborhoods in the historic town of Lahaina completely burned and reduced to ashes. According to the Associated PressAuthorities said at least 36 people were killed and dozens more injured in the fire. More than 271 structures have also been damaged or destroyed.
“We are still in life preservation mode. Search and rescue remains a primary concern,” Adam Weintraub, a spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday. access point informed.
The fire, which has been fueled by drought and winds from a passing hurricane, ignited Tuesday. Experts said a dangerous combination of weather conditions appears to have made the wildfires in Hawaii particularly damaging.
Momoa also reposted a message on his social media from the non-profit organization ‘Āina Momona, which is raising money for the Hawaii Community Foundation Maui County Strong Fund.
“Families were forced to evacuate at short notice, many escaping with only the clothes on their backs,” the message read in part. “Information about injuries and deaths is still coming in. The city of Lahaina is gone. Many other places on Maui were also affected. We continue to send pule (prayers) to this amazing community.”
According The White HousePresident Joe Biden also approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii on Thursday and “ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the wildfires.”