NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Nashville woman is working to help those impacted by the devastating wildfires in Maui.
On Aug. 8th, the wildfires began on the island, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in state history.
To help with recovery efforts, Heather Romero created a t-shirt fundraiser and GoFundMe called Nashville Aloha for Maui (Wildfire Relief). The money raised will all go to the Hawaii Community Foundation.
“My whole childhood was spent in Maui,” Romero says. “Nashville is home now, but Maui will always be where I spent my upbringing.”
Romero moved to Nashville 10 years ago and considers southern hospitality similar to “Aloha Spirit,” a part of Hawaiian culture that is meant to “malama” (nurture) one another. She recalls when a Hawaiian group traveled to Nashville in support of The Covenant School.
“A group of Hawaiian people flew all the way out here to show their love,” Romero said. “With such an amazing act of love that it brought tears to my eyes.”
Our sister station, KHON2, is reporting 115 fatalities so far, with hundreds of missing people. Romero encourages everyone to continue traveling to Maui as their tourism has seen a hit.
As of this article, the fundraiser has raised $6,810 of the $75,000 goal.