This past week, Karolina Shenton, Vice President of The Cruise Web traveled to Maui, Hawaii to attend the Signature Travel Network annual event. Considering the recent devastating fires on the island, there were some questions whether the event would be, or should be(!), held. Discussions with the local tourism authorities, businesses, and communities made it clear that the island wanted and needed the event to continue, and the event was held as scheduled.
In conjunction with the event, The Cruise Web contributed $5,000 to the Travel Elevates charity, to support Maui through The Hawai’i Community Foundation, the Maui Food Bank, & the Maui Humane Society.
Despite the recent fires, Maui is open and welcomes visitors. While Lahaina is closed to the public, the West Maui communities of Kā‘anapali, Nāpili, Honokōwai, and Kapalua will fully reopen on Sunday, October 8 (see the impacted area map below). The other areas of Maui, including Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena, Pāʻia, Makawao, and Hāna are fully open and travel to those areas is not only welcomed but encouraged! 85% of Maui’s residents rely on tourism, so if you’ve been interested in seeing Hawaii and Maui in particular, there isn’t a better time than now.
Source: Hawaii Tourism Authority
After experiencing it herself, Karolina says “Maui is a magical place where you experience Aloha spirit like never before”. Karolina added that the island is open for business, which is a testament to the amazing resilience of the Hawaiian people.
-The Cruise Web Team