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On the 11th (local time), burned cars and destroyed buildings were seen in the wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA.  AFP Yonhap News

On the 11th (local time), burned cars and destroyed buildings were seen in the wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA. AFP Yonhap News

“Tourists swim in the sea where our neighbors died.” On the 13th (local time), a resident of the island of Maui, Hawaii, where a major forest fire broke out, told the BBC and got angry. At least 93 people have died and more than 2,200 buildings have been destroyed in Lahaina, a coastal town on the northwest coast of the island, due to wildfires that started on the night of the 8th. It is considered the worst wildfire disaster in the United States in over 100 years.

Homes and cars burned by wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA, on the 13th (local time).  AP News Yonhap

Homes and cars burned by wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA, on the 13th (local time). AP News Yonhap

He expressed his anger at the sight of some tourists going on vacation as if nothing had happened. He said: “Tourists swam the very next day in the sea where the locals (jumped out to avoid the fire) died three days ago.” That says a lot about where you are,” he said. “(In such a tragic situation) there will be no residents swimming, snorkeling or surfing,” he said. “Nobody lives their life having fun as if nothing had happened.” He said bitterly: “There are two Hawaiis, the Hawaii where we live and the Hawaii where they (the tourists ) live.

Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa, who played the main character in the movie Aquaman, posted an article and a video on the social networking service (SNS) on the 12th (local time) asking him to refrain from visiting the island of Maui.  Screenshot of Jason Momoa's Instagram

Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa, who played the main character in the movie Aquaman, posted an article and a video on the social networking service (SNS) on the 12th (local time) asking him to refrain from visiting the island of Maui. Screenshot of Jason Momoa’s Instagram

As angry locals put it, the Washington Post reported on the 12th that when the wildfire suddenly spread, local residents jumped into the sea from rocks to avoid the flames, but some of them they couldn’t get out of the sea. Annalize Cochran, who lives in Lahaina, told the Washington Post she had to flee the flames and head to the water’s edge when the road was blocked by cars abandoned. Cochran said, “I spent over five hours in the sea with my neighbours” and “nearly died from the cold, poisonous gas. Some didn’t come out alive,” he said. As tourists continued to be seen on vacation, Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa, who played the titular character in the movie Aquaman, also said on social media on the 12th, “Maui is no place to vacation in this moment”. posted an article and video asking me to refrain from sightseeing. “The Hawaiian community needs time to heal, mourn and recover,” he said.

On the 8th (local time), a major forest fire broke out in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA.  Churches and mission buildings are engulfed in flames.  AP News Yonhap

On the 8th (local time), a major forest fire broke out in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA. Churches and mission buildings are engulfed in flames. AP News Yonhap

Hawaiian authorities have asked travelers to leave the island of Maui for non-essential purposes. He also asked travelers planning to visit Maui to cancel their tours. The ROK Consulate in Honolulu also urged people to pay close attention to safety when approaching the fire area, as firefighting is still ongoing in the fire-hit area. forest and restrictions are under control. In addition, he was responsible for checking local news, general consulate security advisories, etc., and verifying the latest information that changes from time to time. Journalist Jo Yoon-young [email protected]

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