Maui Diocese of Hawaii

Supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi After Wildfires:  Web Update: August 23, 2023

Episcopal Relief & Development is in frequent communication with the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi, providing needs assessment support and other assistance on Maui and other islands in response to the recent deadly wildfires. 

The Diocese of Hawaiʻi has been working with the local government, faith groups and local nonprofits including A Cup of Cold Water to feed displaced people, provide medical and pastoral care and give support as people fill out forms for assistance. 

A Cup of Cold Water, a ministry formed by several Episcopal churches on Hawaiʻi, is a van ministry that serves unhoused people and other people affected by poverty. The ministry provides food, clothing and hygiene products throughout the island. 

In solidarity with the local government and people, Episcopal Relief & Development is strongly encouraging people who live in the continental United States to not travel to Hawaiʻi or send in-kind donations at this time. Instead, please pray with the people of Hawaiʻi as they grieve and consider making a donation to the Hawaiʻi Emergency Response Fund that will support the wildfires response work.