UHERO report suggests long road ahead for Maui’s economic recovery

FILE - Homes consumed in recent wildfires are seen in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Aug. 16, 2023. Filipinos began arriving in Hawaii more than a century ago, lured by promises of work on sugarcane and pineapple plantations to support their families back home. Many of those who perished or lost homes in the August 2023 fire were of Filipino descent, a labor force vital to Maui’s tourist industry. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

LAHAINA, Hawai‘i — The University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) today released an updated financial forecast for Hawai‘i, painting a picture of ongoing hardship and a slow recovery on Maui following the summer wildfires that killed at least 97 and caused $5.5 billion in damages.