Land grabs

Anger in Hawaii over potential land grabs after disaster

The wildfires incinerated the town of Lahaina, destroying 2,200 homes and businesses and leaving hundreds unaccounted for. At least 114 people are confirmed dead.

The disaster has shed light on Hawaii's housing crisis which has prompted many to leave the state for the US mainland.

According to Hawaii's Senate Housing Committee, an average of 14,000 Hawaiians leave the state every year. The state also has one of the highest homeless rates in the country: in 2022, close to 6000 people experienced homelessness.