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West Maui is a center of the tourism industry, raising concerns in the community that developers will buy properties destroyed in the fire as they come up for sale. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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After the fires, a Maui community tries a novel approach to keep homes in local hands

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Chef Jojo Vasquez in the open kitchen of FOND – a Neighborhood Eatery, in west Maui. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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A Maui chef's lifeline: his restaurant as the island recovers from Lahaina wildfires

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Arica Lynn Souza and her children Ayla, 3, left, and Silas, 4, on the porch of the family home where they are staying temporarily after losing their Lahaina townhome in the wildfires. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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FILE - The Lahainaluna High School football team hold hands to thank the fans after a game on Oct. 21, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. Captains of the team whose town was destroyed by a deadly wildfire attended to Super Bowl in Las Vegas as guests of the NFL. Mengshin Lin/AP hide caption

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Shelly Romo spent hours in the rubble to find her wedding ring in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires back in August. After retrieving it and getting it restored, Romo said she never takes her ring off. Shelly Romo hide caption

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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden view damage caused by wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii on August 21, 2023. The president is expected to travel to see hurricane damage Florida on Saturday. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lieutenant Ryan Edgar (left) is with the 93rd CBRN Enterprise Response Force, Commander Frank Sebastian is with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Sgt. Manuel Soco is with a U.S. Army search and extraction team. Authorities are pleading with the public to be patient as forensics teams work to identify the remains after the deadly wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Lahaina wants closure. Authorities plead for patience

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Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen Jr. visits a distribution center at Lahaina Crossing. A deadly wildfire destroyed the city of Lahaina, Maui. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Massive mental health toll in Maui wildfires: 'They've lost everything'

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Volunteers helping those who lost homes in Lahaina stop to pray on a hillside. The town is surrounded by dry, invasive grasses which are highly flammable. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Maui Emergency Management Agency Administrator Herman Andaya speaks during a news conference in Wailuku, Hawaii, on Wednesday. Mike Householder/AP hide caption

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