Apply for aid from the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Disaster Relief Fund, "Bayanihan Relief Fund"

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation has set up a Bayanihan recovery fund to provide resources to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs of the people affected by the devastating Maui wildfires on Aug. 8. We are working with local, national and international partners to get an understanding of the quickly evolving priorities. We are committed to recovery as we rise together as a community. We have set up this fund to help provide those affected with basic needs, and to support long-term economic recovery and small business support, especially for our kababayan on Maui.

Were you affected by the recent Maui fires? We set-up this fund for you. But in order to avoid waste, we want to know your specific needs at the moment. We are also aware this will be a marathon so please help us reach out to others affected and invite them to sign-up via the Bayanihan Relief Fund - Signup Form here.

The objectives and parameters of this program are to:

  • Respond QUICKLY and deploy funds in a timely manner, and with flexibility for high-impact results to support life-sustaining and life-preserving needs.
  • This fund is available to all directly affected by the wildfires - lost a loved one, a home or other property, or loss of livelihood. Use of funds shall be executed by the Bayanihan Fund committee, and approved by the members of the Maui Filipino Chamber Board. Use of funds must meet the immediate needs of the community, and shall fill in the gaps to complement efforts from other community organizations.
  • Those affected must complete a simple form on to request for support and indicate their needs.
  • Recognizing that recovery will take some time, this fund may also be used in execution of other programs related to resilience and recovery such as: organizing resource fairs with partner orgs in medical care, shelter, as well as grief support and trauma-informed care, document recovery, job placement and counseling, micro-grants for start-up businesses, and others determined by the Committee. This includes programs that will rebuild resilience and creation of preventive strategies that will engage the Maui community members and leaders, towards strengthening Maui’s economy as well.
  • Aid may be distributed to the household representative on a first-come, first-serve basis on this list, as funds are available. We understand needs vary so you can buy the items you need.
  • Must be Lahaina or Upcountry residents affected (house burned, displaced) by the Aug. 8 Maui fires.
  • Only one entry per household.

We will rebuild and recover! Kaya natin 'to. For a list of resources for those affected: visit

These funds are donated by partner organizations Asia American Initiative, NaFFAA, FPACC, COFACC, SoCal Filipinos, Kokua Maui partners in Hawaii (FCCH, PMAH, Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Philippines Business Economic Council, West Hawaii Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Filipino Chamber of Commerce Big Island, Filipino Jaycees of Honolulu, UP Alumni Association of Hawaii, FAUW), and generous individuals!

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