From KERA News:
A group of Native Hawaiians living in North Texas are raising money to help victims of last week’s massive wildfires in Maui, which killed at least 96 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
Pomai Uyehara, owner of Pineapple Grill Texas in Hurst and an Island of Hawaii native, said learning about the devastation in Maui while being thousands of miles away left her with a sense of hopelessness.
“It’s almost like a pain — like a birthing pain is how I can describe it — for our people,” Uyehara said. “And for not just our people, but everybody that was there.”
She and her husband Barry were up one night at 2:30 a.m. watching videos of the destruction on social media and crying. That’s when she said they decided to find a way to extend their kahea, or calling.
The couple reached out to hula schools, a Montessori school and friends across the community to help in planning a fundraiser event with food from Pineapple Grill as well as Hawaiian song and dance.