Months after Maui: Making Moments Matter

Jennifer Simpson
6 min readDec 30, 2023
Looking back toward Lahaina Harbor from Wahikuli Park. August 17, 2023

When I got back from Maui this summer, I wrote about my family’s up-close experience of escaping the Lahaina fire. Since then, many new details have emerged about the systems failures that turned a windy day and a small grass fire into a blazing inferno that killed at least 97 people (though many remain missing and unaccounted for) and destroyed the entire historic downtown area.

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Jennifer Simpson

An artist, poet, leader, lover, daughter, sister, and mother living in Boulder, Colorado. Owner and CEO at Integrated Work. Author of the KOAN method.