Jason Momoa shares Maui resident fears of their land being take over

Jason Momoa Shares Fears Wildfire Ravaged Lahaina May Become New Waikiki

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By Rima Pundir on August 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM EDT

Amid the death and destruction spread around Maui, especially with Lahaina literally leveled to the ground, a new fear is emerging among the survivors, something which Jason Momoa is sharing via his social media.

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Jason Momoa Shares Fears Of Land Takeover Amid Destruction

Jason Momoa shares fears of land take over amid Maui Wildfire Disaster
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One of Jason Momoa's latest posts, and he has posted a whole slew of information about the Maui wildfires, from the real ground reports to what the people of Maui need right now. His latest is a post by Instagram handle Kāko'o Haleakalā, a movement to preserve the native land, people, and species of Hawaii. 

Momoa's latest post is a woman talking into her phone, in emotional distress, as she deep breathes into the camera before talking about how "frustrated" she is with "investors and realtors" who are now calling up the Lahaina residents who have had their homes burned down and are offering to buy it from them.

She further urges all not to sell and to send in the names and numbers of these people so that they could put them "on blast."

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The post has disturbed most social media users who seem to agree on one thing, "Rich trying to get richer. Too bad they took a tragedy and gravely saw it as a business opportunity. Some People Suck."

Others compared it to the recent Australian wildfires, writing, "It’s not just greedy people, these days [it's] everybody. Everybody knows that the places that burn down, if you invest in them or buy a house they triple in value this is why people go into fire zone areas in Australia like Kangaroo Island. It went up three times after a bushfire three times!!! In VALUE $$$$ money"

Here's the video:

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80 People Have Perished In Lahaina Alone

The island of Maui has been devastated from the wildfires
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As is all of Hawaii, Lahaina was stunning before the widespread destruction. Like a pot of honey, it attracted tourists in droves, which has put the environment on the brink and also disrupts the daily life of all residents. As per New York Times, this is also driven real estate sky-high, with the median home price being $1.7 million, making homeownership out of reach for most of the residents. That said, many lived in properties so bought in more affordable times, but these homes have now been destroyed.

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The fact that a wildfire spread so easily in Maui and destroyed both people and property is giving people pause, as they wonder if this was real-estate fueled in the first place. There are fears that Lahaina will turn into another Waikiki, with most of the ethnicity being slowly destroyed by people only out there to milk Hawaii for all the profit that they can, without caring a whit about its roots.

Many people, Hawaiian or not are feeling disgusted by that lang grabbing opportunists, as one wrote, addressing Governor Josh Green, "Governor Green 💚 Those who died yesterday had plans for today... please stand with the people and don't sell the lands to the Rich bubble who's now hanging around for the next big cheap deal. the people will never recover from the expensive homes and businesses and cannot afford to pay for Their lands."

Another wrote, "Please don’t let Lahaina turn into Waikiki. All magic will be lost of that happens. Don’t trust the government! Don’t trust the corporations! Do trust that we, even on the mainland, are gathering money to help you keep your land and take back everything that has already been lost generations ago."

Here's an update from West Maui:

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Jason Momoa Lauded For Warning Tourists Off

Jason Momoa warns people off Maui
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DC's Aquaman is unafraid to call a spade, a spade. He also took to Instagram recently, writing, "Maui is not the place to have your vacation right now. DO NOT TRAVEL TO MAUI."

Shooting straight from the hip, Momoa told his fans and followers, "Do not convince yourself that your presence is needed on an island that is suffering this deeply." He finally softened his stance with gratitude, "Mahalo to everyone who has donated and shown aloha to the community in this time of need."

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More comments backed the same, "Seriously if anyone is a vacation to Hawaii booked and can get a refund, CANCEL YOUR TRIP! Donate the money you would have spent to the organizations that are working to help those who lost everything. Canceling also frees up room in hotels and resorts to provide shelter until homes can be rebuilt."

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