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River Park Farmers Market Luau Tonight Benefits Maui Fire Relief



The hall of historic Waiola Church and Lahaina Hongwanji Mission are engulfed in flames on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)
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The River Park Farmers Market is taking on a luau theme Tuesday night and pledging 10% of all event revenue to the Maui United Way Fire Relief Fund.

The fundraiser will run from 5 o’clock to 9 o’clock tonight with a Hawaiian dance tribute show scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

“This tragedy touches all of us deeply,” said Peter DeYoung, executive director of the Fresno-based California Fresh Farmers Market Association, in a news release. “The spirit of ‘ohana means family, and today, Maui is our family. Through collective action and heartfelt donations, we can help begin the healing process for those who have lost so much.”

People can also help the Maui fire victims by donating at the Maui United Way Fire Relief Fund link.

99 Confirmed Dead

At least 99 people have been confirmed dead a week after the blaze tore through historic Lahaina.

Meanwhile, many who survived one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history are moving into hotel rooms set aside for displaced locals. Hawaiian authorities say that donations of food, ice, water, and other essentials are arriving at the island.

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