More than 2,000 children from Lahaina public school system STILL MISSING after Maui wildfire
08/29/2023 // Olivia Cook // Views

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) has reported that 2,025 students from the Lahaina public school system remain unaccounted for following the devastating Maui wildfire.

As officials in Hawaii work to determine the identities of the over 100 people who died in the Maui wildfires, the community fears children will make up a large part of the death toll.

When the fast-moving wildfires broke out on August 8, many children were home from school because the dangerous winds of a hurricane off the coast of Hawaii forced school closures.

Jessica Sill, an elementary school teacher at Lahaina King Kamehameha III, told the Wall Street Journal that she fears some children were home alone the day of the fires.

"Our parents work one, two, three jobs just to get by and they can’t afford to take a day off. Without school, there was nowhere for [kids] to go that day," she said.

But with no warning that fires near Lahaina were about to engulf the town, there was no time for people to conduct orderly evacuations to keep track of children and ensure they got to safety first.

Sill added that two of her former students lost a seven-year-old cousin, who was found alongside his family in a burned-out car. She also said that she's worried about the students who survived and how they'll be able to process the trauma of the tragedy.

Data from Hawaii authorities shows that at least 115 people died in the fire that totally consumed Lahaina. The number of deaths is expected to rise significantly, as authorities have only thoroughly searched around 38 percent of the disaster zone.

State Rep. Elle Cochran, a Democrat who represents West Maui, including Lahaina, said she expects the final death toll to be at least several hundred people.

Both public and private schools affected by the Maui disaster

According to HIDOE, of the 3,001 students initially enrolled across four schools in the Lahaina public school system, 538 have already re-enrolled in other public schools and another 438 have enrolled in the State Distance Learning Program.

This leaves 2,025 students unaccounted for. They have not re-enrolled in other public schools or opted for distance learning for the time being. State officials note that many may have moved out of state or enrolled in private schools. (Related: Over 2,400 kids are missing in Maui, but aren't included in the government's death toll.)

The four schools comprise two elementary, one intermediary and one high school. They have been closed due to extensive damage caused by the fire. One elementary school was damaged so severely that it is unlikely to reopen soon, while the others have suffered significant damage from winds, debris and soot.

Private schools in Maui are also impacted. Maui Preparatory Academy received about 1,000 new applications and reshuffled its campus to accommodate 110 new students, a 40 percent enrollment increase. Sacred Heart School, with about 200 students, was destroyed by the fire.

A report by HIDOE noted that the state government should "support affected students" and "assess and repair facilities" destroyed by the wildfire.

Watch this Fox report about the many missing individuals after the Lahaina disaster.

This video is from the Daily Videos channel on

More related stories:

SHAMELESS: FEMA officials turning Maui visit into luxury holiday while Lahaina residents suffer.

Maui coverup: Where in the world are all the children?

Lawfare with Tom Renz: Biden FAILS to empathize with Maui wildfire victims by comparing disaster to kitchen fire – Brighteon.TV.

"Children were incinerated to ash:" Livid Hawaiians slam Biden for cracking jokes, lying about wife.

Hawaii resident: Biden is a "vile human being" for joking about Corvette when "there were children who were incinerated into ash."

Sources include:

Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.