A Hawaii resident has slammed investors, who she says are already calling on families to buy their scorched land amid the island’s raging wildfires.
The woman – who posted from an account that has over 85,000 Instagram followers under the handle kakoo_haleakala – shared a video yesterday detailing the alleged events.
It comes as the death toll from the Maui wildfires has risen to 99, a number that is expected to rise further.
Hundreds of people have also been missing following the fires, with Governor Josh Green saying a full search is “likely going to take 10 days”.
Private power companies have also come under fire, as some state officials said there was a shortage of water available for firefighters, which they blamed on a recent government decision. an Environmental Court Judge.
A Hawaii resident has slammed investors, who she says are already calling on grieving families to buy their scorched land amid the island’s raging wildfires
Filming herself in the recent video, the Hawaii resident said, “I’m so frustrated with investors and real estate agents calling families who have lost their homes, offering to buy their land.”
‘How dare you do this to our community right now. If you are a victim and they call you, please get their business name so we can blast them,” she added.
She claims in the clip that she “personally” knows “several families” to whom “investors and real estate agents have offered money.”
The account she posted translates from Hawaiian as “Support Haleakala,” referring to Haleakala, a large shield volcano, also known as the East Maui Volcano.
Haleakala, which means “house of the sun,” includes a 30,183-acre national park popular with tourists.
His claims come as the death toll from wildfires on Maui now stands at 99, a figure that is expected to rise as search teams search neighborhoods where flames moved as fast as a mile. per minute.
The fires that have ravaged most of historic Lahaina are already the deadliest in the United States in more than a century, with the cause under investigation.
Gov. Josh Green said the search would take time and asked for space to do it properly.
“For those who walked into Lahaina because they really wanted to see, know that they’re most likely stepping on iwi,” he said at a news conference on Maui, using the Hawaiian word for the bone.
“They’ll probably find 10 to 20 people a day until they’re done,” Green told CBS Mornings in a taped interview that aired Monday.
“And it’s probably going to take 10 days. It’s impossible to guess, really.
As cell phone service was slowly restored, the number of missing people fell to around 1,300 from more than 2,000, Mr Green said.
Fire and smoke fill the sky from the wildfires at the intersection of Hokiokio Place and Lahaina Bypass in Maui, Hawaii, Tuesday, August 8, 2023
About twenty corpses of dogs and dozens of researchers make their way through blocks reduced to ashes.
By Monday, they had searched about 25% of the area, up from just 3% over the weekend, Maui Police Chief John Pelletier said.
Meanwhile, some state officials say there is a shortage of water available for firefighters, and they blame a recent decision by an environmental court judge.
It’s part of a long-running battle between environmentalists and private corporations over the decades-long practice of diverting water from East Maui streams that began during the past of sugar cane plantations in East Maui. ‘Hawaii.
Mr Green said there were people fighting over access to water to fight the fires.
“We are struggling in Maui and other rural areas to get enough water for homes, for our people, for any response,” he said.
As work continues to fully restore power, evacuees were expected to begin moving into hotels.
“For people who came into Lahaina because they really wanted to see, know that they are most likely walking on iwi,” Gov. Josh Green (pictured) said at a Maui news conference, using the Hawaiian word for bones.
Green said 500 hotel rooms are being made available to displaced residents and an additional 500 rooms will be set aside for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) workers helping the recovery.
Additionally, FEMA has begun providing $700 to displaced residents to cover the cost of food, water, first aid and medical supplies, agency administrator Deanne Criswell said.
The money is in addition to the amount residents are entitled to to cover the loss of homes and personal property.
More than 3,000 people have registered for federal assistance, according to FEMA, and that number is expected to grow.
On the issue of water supply, US Fire Administration Deputy Director Tonya Hoover said she did not have details of the island’s current water supply. She said her agency chief met with firefighters, including one who was seriously injured and taken to hospital.
Smoke billows down the slope of Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii as a fire burns in the backcountry area of Maui Tuesday, August 8, 2023
The Biden administration is asking for an additional $12 billion for the government’s disaster relief fund as part of its request for additional funding from Congress.
The fire that swept through centuries-old Lahaina last week destroyed nearly every building in the town of 13,000.
Even where the fire has receded, authorities have warned that toxic by-products could remain, including in drinking water, after the flames belched toxic fumes. And a lot of people don’t have a home to go back to.
The Red Cross said 575 evacuees were spread across five shelters, including the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku. Among the visitors was Oprah Winfrey, who told Hawaii News Now she had delivered personal hygiene products, towels and water in recent days.