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Over 1,000 people in Maui connected to temporary stays through


Key Takeaways

  • Approximately 600 Hosts across Hawaiʻi have signed up to share their home for free or at a discount through
  • continues to work with nonprofit organizations like Maui Rapid Response and Global Empowerment Mission to connect fire survivors with temporary stays.

Less than a month after joining Hawaiʻi Governor Josh Green in announcing a commitment to provide free, temporary stays to at least 1,000 people displaced by the fires in Maui, is proud to announce that it has met and surpassed its goal. With the support of Hosts, donors, and humanitarian organizations on the ground, has connected more than 1,000 people to temporary housing with another several hundred booked for stays and awaiting check-in.

Making this work possible are nearly 600 Hosts across Hawaiʻi who have signed up to share their home for free or at a discount through One of these Hosts is Tim. He has lived in Maui for more than 20 years where he runs several water sports companies. Wanting to support his community following the fires, Tim listed a vacation home he owns in Kihei through and has helped connect several families in Kula to to access temporary housing.

I’ve had the honor to call Maui my home for over two decades, and it was heartbreaking to see so many people—including some of my neighbors in Kula—lose their homes overnight. As an Host, I was able to offer a safe, welcoming space for a family from Lahaina, and it has been an incredibly powerful way to help my community heal. - Tim Lara, Host has worked closely with a number of trusted nonprofits and government entities on the ground, including the Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS), Cajun Navy Ground Force, and Project Camp, which offers pop-up camps for children during and after emergencies. These organizations were instrumental in facilitating stays alongside staff. And with many still in need of temporary housing, continues to work with organizations like Maui Rapid ResponseGlobal Empowerment Mission (GEM), and Catholic Charities to connect survivors to short-term stays. worked with our team at Maui Rapid Response to ensure that kanaka maoli (Hawaiian natives) and other vulnerable populations impacted by the fires have access to temporary stays. We appreciate all their efforts to center the needs of our community first. -Nicole Huguenin, Maui Rapid Response Co-Lead

Stays for fire survivors in Maui are funded by both the generosity of Hosts who offer stays for free or at a discount through, and donations, which help cover the cost of stays with Hosts who may not be able to list their home for free. As continues to provide emergency stays for people displaced by the fires in Maui, one of the best ways to support’s efforts is by donating, especially since 100 percent of donations go toward funding temporary stays. 

To learn more about and how to support survivors of the Maui wildfires, visit


About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed over 1.5 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

About is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc.’s technology, services, and other resources at no charge to carry out’s charitable purpose. The inspiration for began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened up her home to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This sparked a movement and marked the beginning of a program that allows Hosts on Airbnb to provide stays for people in times of need. Since then, the program has evolved to focus on emergency response and to help provide stays to evacuees, relief workers, refugees, asylum seekers, and frontline workers fighting the spread of COVID-19. Since then, Hosts have offered to open up their homes and helped provide accommodations to 100,000 people in times of need. is a separate and independent entity from Airbnb, Inc. Airbnb, Inc. does not charge service fees for supported stays on its platform.


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