This relief fund is on behalf of the employees at Sullivan Properties Inc. (SPI) who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires that swept through Lahaina on August 8, 2023. Thankfully, our entire staff is all accounted for and safe. We are lucky our office and vacation rentals were north of the fires and not at risk.
We have been receiving an outpouring concern for our Sullivan Properties 'Ohana (family) amidst this catastrophic tragedy. Many owners, past guests, and members of our community have asked how they can support us during this difficult time. We have created this fund to help the employees mentioned below along with our IC cleaners and closely held vendors.
Let me share a bit about our staff:
• Kari, our Chief of Operations, also lost her home and all the personal possessions inside, as her family prepares to send her 2-children off to their first year of college.
• Kelly, Our Marketing Manager and Mr. Sullivan’s daughter, lost her home and got nothing but the clothes on her back. All of her personal belongings and her family’s were destroyed.
• Evette, our Quality Assurance Inspector, and her family are currently displaced due to the fires and will most likely need to replace many items in their home due to smoke damage.
• Kevin, Mr. Sullivan’s, Realtor and Operations Director of Local Pros Maui (A surf school business under Sullivan Properties), lost his family home and all of his surf school equipment. They also fled their home with nothing but their clothes. They lost all of his son’s baby items and two of their cars.
• Roland (our Maintenance Manager) and his Daughter Kim (our reservationist) were temporarily displaced but are back in their home located in Lahaina and working towards removing any smoke and fire damage along with lack of work during this time.
• Peggy is our general accountant; also lost her home and is displaced. She lived at the bottom of Lahainaluna road where many lives were lost and is lucky to have vacated her home.
• Steve is one of our property managers and he was safe in Napili but will experience economic impacts due to the lack of tourism.
• Our owner, Patrick T. Sullivan, lost his personal home, along with the homes where his adult children lived (Kelly & Kevin who both work for the SPI in rentals and real estate.), that have been in the family for two generations.
• We also work with several cleaning companies who are an intricate part of our operation and are out of work while west Maui is not allowing non-residents to enter.
The community of West Maui has been mourning the loss of our town, our history, and the loved ones who were lost. The fires have taken more than just physical possessions; they have shattered dreams, disrupted routines, and left our SPI Ohana coping with uncertainty. Many have lost not only their homes but also cherished memories and a sense of stability. The compassion we've seen from everyone who has come or been a part of our community in any way has made such a difference, and we are so grateful for every ounce of effort contributed. Among this profound loss, Lahaina's strength and unity are more apparent than ever.
Our team members have worked persistently to contribute to the growth and success of Sullivan Properties, and we want to do what we can to help our Sullivan Ohana during these challenging times. If you feel inclined, no donation is too small and will mean the world to our staff. We are Lahaina Strong!