Tragedy unfolds as fast-moving wildfires ravage Maui, Hawaii, claiming 36 lives and obliterating neighborhoods, particularly in Lahaina, the island’s primary tourist hub. The devastation is exacerbated by strong winds fueled by a distant hurricane, prompting evacuations, a state of emergency declaration, and search and rescue operations. Evacuation shelters are overwhelmed, and firefighting efforts are underway with helicopters combating the blazes. Stranded residents recount their escape, while the island’s resources face unprecedented strain. The catastrophe also impacts tourism, urging visitors to steer clear. Maui’s western side is severely isolated, and as firefighting continues, officials reveal the grim toll with a heart-wrenching 36 fatalities discovered.