October 13, 2023

County of Maui Disaster Area ZONE ANNOUNCEMENT: Zone 6A/Mala Wharf

WHAT:    County of Maui Disaster Area Restrictions will be lifted for Mala Wharf and businesses in Zone 6A. Zones have been created to facilitate a systematic and supported return into the disaster area while prioritizing public safety and community security.                  

WHEN:    6 a.m. SATURDAY, 10/14

WHERE:  Restrictions will be LIFTED for the following: ZONE 6A – Mala Wharf and Front St.

ACCESS: From Honoapiilani Hwy, turn left onto Kapunakea St., turn left onto Front St. then turn makai onto Mala Wharf Rd.

UTILITIES: County water (non-potable) and wastewater utilities areavailable. 

ADJACENT MARITIME SAFETY ZONES: Restrictions will be lifted by the U.S. Coast Guard for water adjacent to ZONES 5A and 6A.  U.S. Coast Guard restrictions are still active and adjusting to zone openings for the most updated information,visit Pages - My Homeport Content (uscg.mil).

SAFETY: Once a fire has burned through an area, manydangers may remain. It’s important to be aware of the hazards and to knowwhat to look for when re-entering. For full safety details, visit www.mauirecovers.org. For air quality information, visit https://health.hawaii.gov/mauiwildfires/. For the County Unsafe Water Advisory, visit https://www.mauicounty.gov.

DETAILS: For details on re-entry to impacted areas; safety information forreturning to your property; drinking water and wastewater; maps and data; fire debris removal; recovery phases; financial and housing assistance; and business support, visit www.mauirecovers.org.


Commercial permittees are being informed by letter of commercial vessel operations opening on Monday, Oct. 16. The following rules apply until further notice and only for current Mala Wharf permit holders.

  • Existing Mala Wharf commercial permittees in good standing may access the Mala ramp on weekdays only. It is closed to commercial activity on weekends and all holidays.
  • Commercial operators will be required to shuttle their passengers to the facility in order to reduce vehicle traffic in the surrounding area and minimize visitors traveling through fire-impacted areas.
  • All permitted shoreline commercial activities will be prohibited due to water quality concerns.
  • Shoreline commercial permittees will be notified when their operations can resume.

Any Mala Wharf commercial permit holder who violates any of the conditions could face revocation of their permit. More information regarding the opening of Mala Wharf can be found here: Department of Land and Natural Resources | 10/12/23-MAUI’S MÃLA WHARF TO REOPEN EARLIER THAN ANTICIPATED (hawaii.gov)

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A vital resource for those who are looking to rebuild in fire-affected areas in Lahaina and Kula as they navigate the permitting process and take the next step toward returning home.

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