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The Maui wildfires just made history with this grim statistic

On the heels of recent, uncontrollable wildfires on the island of Maui, aerial shots of its capital Lahaina depict the utter destruction and ruin of the city's once-beautiful, historic downtown. On NPR's Morning Editon, Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii Sylvia Luke said without exaggeration, "It just looked like the whole town went and dissolved into ashes."

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    The Maui Wildfires Just Made History With This Grim Statistic

    The Maui Wildfires Just Made History With This Grim Statistic

    On the heels of recent, uncontrollable wildfires on the island of Maui, aerial shots of its capital Lahaina depict the utter destruction and ruin of the city's once-beautiful, historic downtown. On NPR's Morning Editon, Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii Sylvia Luke said without exaggeration, "It just looked like the whole town went and dissolved into ashes." Thousands were evacuated over the course of days as winds from Hurricane Dora drove the wildfires over 2,200 homes, schools, businesses, and more. The Guardian shows a blow-by-blow of how quickly the flames ate through Hawaii's former capital city, devouring the historic Baldwin Home Museum, Maui's first Christian church Waiola Church, the Hongwanji Shin Buddhist temple, and burning the island's cherished 150-year-old banyan tree. And now we can add another horrific number to the mix: 96 dead.

    The devastating 2023 wildfires on Maui threatened the life of a large banyan tree, a historic landmark that grew in the town of Lahaina for 150 years, The New York Times reports. The tree began its life in India and was brought to Hawaii in 1873 on the 50th anniversary of the first Protestant mission in the area. Since then, the tree has become a gathering place for Lahaina visitors and residents, growing over 60 feet tall. In total, the tree's multi-trunk footprint occupies almost an acre, while the tree's canopy alone shades about two-thirds of that space.

    Why Lahaina Is So Important To Hawaii

    Why Lahaina Is So Important To Hawaii

    Sun-drenched beaches, powder-blue waters, soft sand, and balmy breezes: These are the things that many people likely envision when thinking of Hawaii, the United States' 50th and newest state. Also, we've got luaus, leis, shoeless shaka brah surf dudes, and sweaty tourists in droopy sun hats. But beneath such tongue-in-cheek stereotypes Hawaii has a very distinct, very deep character and history.

    Why This Historic Hawaiian Landmark Is Still Abandoned Today

    Why This Historic Hawaiian Landmark Is Still Abandoned Today

    When the Hawaiian resort Coco Palms opened its doors, it grew from a small hotel to a dreamy oasis in tropical paradise. According to U.S. News & World Report, the property spanned 20 acres, and once hosted celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Rita Hayworth. But today, the spot is completely abandoned — and here's why it may never reopen to the public.

    "The cause of Hawaiian independence is larger and dearer than the life of any man connected with it." This defiant statement was written by Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii in her autobiography "Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen." It encapsulates the rule of a queen who always tried to do her best for the people in her care, despite imperialist oppression and difficult personal struggles.

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