Episode 100: Maui Fire Updates and Supporting Local at Made in Hawaii Festival 2023: Part 1

by | Aug 16, 2023

The recent heartbreaking Maui wildfires have left a mark on the island, both physically and emotionally.

Amidst the devastation, the resilience and aloha spirit of the locals shines brightly. We take a moment to delve into the current situation on Maui, the impact these fires have on travel, and how we can channel our own aloha to support the Lahaina.

Whether it’s through direct donations or uplifting local businesses, every gesture counts.

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One tangible way to experience and support Hawaii’s local businesses is the Made in Hawaii Festival.

Originating from humble beginnings, this event has flourished into a showcase of all things authentically, well, made in Hawaii.

Did you know it’s more than just a marketplace? It’s an incubator for local businesses, playing a pivotal role in Hawaii’s economic upliftment. If you’re planning a visit, I’ve got the inside scoop on how to make the most of it.

During this episode, we hear from Alexis Akiona of Lexbreezy Hawaii. As a second-generation aloha wear company, they not only epitomize the aloha spirit but have also risen to the challenge of aiding those affected by the Maui fires.

Their story is a beautiful testament to the community’s unity and spirit.

Lastly, we immerse ourselves in the musical harmonies of the islands. With their melodies, Hawaiian artists bridge cultures and showcase their kuleana (responsibility) in sharing Hawaii’s rich culture with the world.

We get to talk story with musician, Keilana.

This episode truly captures Hawaii’s essence, struggles, celebrations, and unwavering spirit.


Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy, owner of Hawaii’s Best Travel, is a certified Hawaii destination expert from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. He actively participates in the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as a member and has a strong educational background focused on local culture and sustainability. As the host of “Hawaii’s Best Travel,” a top-30 US travel podcast, Bryan combines his years of experience with valuable insights. He connects with a broad online community, reaching nearly half a million people, and offers a richer, more responsible way to experience Hawaii.