Amidst Maui's wildfire aftermath, Rotary District 5000 secured a $24,000 grant to aid Pu`uhonua o Nene shelter. Operated by Project Vision, it houses 150 wildfire survivors. Grant funds provided drinkable water containers and a powered golf cart for mobility. Rotary's commitment continues with plans for additional structures.

Amidst the aftermath of the Maui wildfires, the spirit of Aloha shines brightly as members from various Maui's Rotary Clubs united in compassion and action.  Rotary District 5000 members made application and were awarded a Rotary International Disaster Response Grant in the amount of $24,000.  Pu`uhonua o Nene shelter opened in late September and can house up to 150 Maui wildfire survivors who were experiencing homelessness before the disaster.  The shelter is operated by the non-profit Project Vision in collaboration with the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services.  “Our team worked around the clock to set up this shelter,” said Project Vision Hawai‘i Executive Director Darrah Kauhane. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support our state and Maui wildfire survivors at Pu’uhonua o Nēnē with kōkua from our community partners, Maui Rapid Response and Maui Medics Hui. This type of work is a great example of our holistic approach to healing through health, culture, wellness, and acceptance,” she said.


There is no drinkable water source on the facility for the clients and support staff.  The funds from the Rotary International grant purchased six 3000-gallon water containers for dispensing drinkable water.  Mobility-challenged residents faced access issues to the medical facilities, showers, and restrooms. The grant funds purchased a golf cart with a power lift so the residents could be transported safely from place to place.

Rotary District 5000 Maui Assistant Governor Dr. Allan Weiland made the presentation of the $24,000 check to Bob Wardlaw, Director of Social Services at Pu`uhonua o Nene. Wardlaw indicated and another structure will be added soon to house more clients.  Rotary District 5000 is committed to continue support for this much-needed housing facility for the homeless wildfire survivors. 

This project is one of the many community service activities sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Maui. Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local businesses, professional and civic leaders. For more information about Rotary in Hawai'i, visit