Ways to Help Maui

Where can I donate?

Here are some trusted organizations you can donate to:

Emergency Shelter Needs

  • Bottled Water
  • Hygiene items
  • Slippers
  • Underwear
  • Large duffel bags
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Storage Containers


It's incredibly important to stay vigilant and informed, especially when you're looking to help those in need. To ensure that your hard-earned money goes to the right place and is used effectively, it's essential to be aware of potential scams.

Here's a summarized and easy-to-follow guide based on the tips given by the Attorney General's office, cited from the Civil Beat:

How to Avoid Donation Scams:

  1. Choose Trusted Charities:
    • Always opt for well-known charities.
    • Beware of fake charities that pop up during crises.
    • Always verify a charity's authenticity through its official website.
    • If donating due to a fundraiser's request on behalf of a recognized charity, donate directly to that charity instead.
  2. Verify Charity Legitimacy:
  3. Beware of Scammer Tactics:
    • Pressure: Never allow someone to rush or pressure you into donating.
    • Suspicious Payment Methods: Avoid charities that insist on cash or gift card donations. Reputable charities will typically accept credit cards and checks.
    • Misleading Names: Scammers often use names that sound very similar to legitimate charities.
    • Vague Claims: Be skeptical of those who use emotional, vague claims but can't provide specifics on how your donation will be used.

Lastly, always trust your instincts. If something feels off or too good to be true, it probably is. Taking a few extra minutes to do some research can ensure that your generosity makes a real impact.