How the Lahaina disaster unfolded hour by hour

August 7, 2023

Hurricane Dora is forcast to to pass far south of the HIan islands, National Weather Service issues several weather alerts, including a red flag warning which means stronger winds and drier conditions could lead to fire hazards. 


August 8, 2023 - 12:15am

Brush fire is reported upcountry prompting evacuations in several communities.  The fire scorches over 1,000 acres of land in Olinda & Kula.


August 8, 2023 - 6:00am

Strong winds down power lines.  A view video shows powerful winds knocking down power lines into dry brush, igniting a row of flames, winds of 50-70 mph were reported at this time on some parts of Maui.


August 8, 2023 - 6:40am

Brush fire is reported up Lahainaluna Road near the Lahaina Intermediate School. Hale Mahaolo and Lahaina Bypass are evacuated.  Multiple roads are also closed due to power lines...  Less than three hours later the brush fire is declared 100% contained.


August 8, 2023 - 3:30pm

An apparent flareup again of the Lahainaluna fire begins burning a housing development near the school.  The fire forces the closure of the Lahaina Bypass.  Evacuations take place for resients in areas of Lahainaluna Road, Hale Mahauolu and Lahaina Bypass. Witnesses report uncontrollable flames ripping through the community.  


August 8, 2023 - 4:30pm


High winds push embers downhill at alarming rates to the south and west toward the Kahoma area, on to the coast adn the heart of town. Footage of flames out of control in Lahaina are seen in videos with strong winds and heavy smoke billowing in the air, abandoned or stuck vehicles line the roads with reports of loud explosions going on.  People flee to the ocean.  


August 8, 2023 - 4:45pm

Multiple road closures are reported, along with bottlenecks on the northbound highway.  Fleeing residence in cars are trapped in flames.   


August 8, 2023 - 5:50pm

Maui County reports multiple structures have burned and evacuations are in place.  


August 8, 2023 - 7:00pm

Hawaii News begins receiving reports of hundreds of people have jumped into the ocean off Front Street to escape the flames.  But people are believed to have jumped in hours before. 


August 8, 2023 - 8:00pm

U.S. Coast Guard reports that it has deployed a MH-65 Dolphin aircrew and a small boat crew to Front Street Beach and Lahaina Harbor area in response to the fires.


August 8, 2023 - 9:30pm

The U.S. Coast Guard reports rescuing 14 people from the waters off Lahaina. 


August 9, 2023 

Footage from land and air show the footage of the devastation and complete decimation of our beloved Lahaina Historic Town.




VIDEO - August 10th, 2013. 


During the fires, Lahaina resident, Dan Nelson, a former firefighter in CA stayed back to save his home and neighborhood.  


Two days after the fire and no sleep for 48 hours, Dan jumps on his bike and films what's left of downtown, Front Street.

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VIDEO - Why it Happened


This is the best video we've found from a scientific point of view explaining what happened on Maui and why Lahaina burned so fast.  


This video gives a brief history of Hawaii along with debunking a few conspiracy theories along the way.  






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