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Maui wildfires update: Search continues for missing people following deadly Lāhainā wildfire

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The death toll from the deadly West Maui blaze that reduced Historic Lāhainā Town to ash has remained at 115 for several days.

The Lāhainā fire erupted on Aug. 8 and is 90% contained and burned 2,170 acres. The West Maui community were again threatened by a brushfire that broke out Saturday afternoon in Kāʻanapali, leading to the evacuation of residents at Anapuni Loop and West Mahipuna Place. It burned about 5 to 7 acres.

Two other destructive wildfires that ignited on Maui on Aug. 8 are under control. The Olinda fire is 85% contained and burned 1,081 acres. The Kula fire is 90% contained and scorched 202 acres.

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Forty-three people have been publicly identified by Maui police. County officials released a narrowed list of 388 people who have been reported as unaccounted for. On Sunday afternoon, authorities released three new names:

  • David Nuesca Jr., 59
  • Poomaikai Losano, 28
  • Carolyn Ono, 73

While efforts in locating individuals will continue, Maui Police Chief John Pelletier said there will ultimately be people “presumed” dead.

Maui Fire Victims Aug. 26, 2023

The youngest reported victim so far is 7-year-old Tony Takafua of Lāhainā. Most victims of the fatal wildfire disaster in West Maui are Lāhainā residents. Previously announced victims include:

  • Pablo Pagdilao III, 75, of Lāhainā
  • Coleen Jones, 59, of Lāhainā
  • Roxanne Ibara-Hinau, 68, of Lāhainā
  • Rogelio Mabalot, 68, of Lāhainā
  • George Hall III, 67, of Kahului
  • Todd Nakamura, 61, of Lāhainā
  • Bernard Portabes, 75, of Lāhainā
  • Salote Tone, 39, of Lāhainā
  • Faaoso Tone, 70, of Lāhainā
  • Maluifonua Tone, 73, of Lāhainā
  • Bette Jo Dyckman, 73, of Lāhainā
  • Rebecca Rans, 57, of Lāhainā
  • Tau Ponali, 66, of Lāhainā
  • Valerie Kauffman, 78, of Lāhainā
  • Salvador Coloma, 77, of Lāhainā
  • Carlo Tobias, 54, of Lāhainā
  • Albert Kitaguchi, 62, of Lāhainā
  • Lynn Manibog, 74, of Lāhainā
  • Clyde Wakida, 74, of Lāhainā
  • Todd Yamafuji, 68, of Lāhainā
  • Antonia Molina, 64, of Lāhainā
  • Freeman Tam Lung, 80, of Lāhainā
  • Theresa Cook, 72, of California
  • Joseph Schilling, 67, of Lāhainā
  • Narciso Baylosis Jr., 67, of Lāhainā
  • Vanessa Baylosis, 67, of Lāhainā
  • Douglas Gloege, 59, of Lāhainā
  • Juan Deleon, 45, of Lāhainā
  • Conchita Sagudang, 75, of Lāhainā
  • Danilo Sagudang, 55, of Lāhainā
  • Rodolfo Rocutan, 76, of Lāhainā
  • Jonathan Somaoang, 76, of Lāhainā
  • Angelita Vasquez, 88, of Lāhainā
  • Donna Gomes, 71, of Lāhainā
  • Melva Benjamin, 71, of Lāhainā
  • Virginia Dofa, 90, of Lāhainā
  • Alfredo Galinato, 79, of Lāhainā
  • Robert Dyckman, 74, of Lāhainā
  • Buddy Jantoc, 79, of Lāhainā
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Loved ones wishing to report an unaccounted individual are asked to email [email protected] and provide the following information:

  • First and last name of reporting party
  • Contact information, including a valid phone number, of the reporting party
  • The relationship between the unaccounted individual and the reporting party
  • First and last name of the unaccounted individual
  • Age or date of birth of the unaccounted individual
  • Last known location at the time of the incident of the unaccounted individual
  • The last known physical address of the unaccounted individual

For those on Maui seeking information regarding loved ones or those who are unaccounted for, the Family Assistance Center is located at the Hyatt Regency’s Monarchy Ballroom, 200 Nohea Kai Drive in Lāhainā. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For people on the neighbor islands or the continental U.S., and are the immediate family member of a person missing as the result of the Maui wildfires, can provide a DNA sample to assist in the search. Call the FBI Honolulu Division at 808-566-4300 or email [email protected].

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