Molokai Red Cross volunteer deployed to California fires

Hawaiian Airlines waiving change fees

The Maui News

A Red Cross volunteer from Molokai has been deployed to Southern California to assist with sheltering and mass care of victims of raging wildfires, the Hawaii Red Cross said Wednesday.

In another fire-related development, Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday that it will be waiving change fees for flights to/from/via Los Angeles International Airport through Friday. The waiving of the change fees covers Hawaiian and code-share flights.

Any resulting difference in fares will be waived, provided the change is made to the same class of service and there is no change in origin and destination.

Other conditions include:

• Tickets were issued on or before Wednesday.

• Tickets were for travel on or before Wednesday to Friday.

• Change tickets must be rebooked and ticketed for new flights on or before Monday.

Flyers needing assistance should call Hawaiian’s reservations desk at (800) 367-5320. Information also is available at the airline’s website at

On the Red Cross aid, six volunteers from Hawaii will be deploying, including the one from Molokai, identified as Lester Keanini. More Hawaii volunteers are on standby to possibly deploy.

The fires are threatening thousands of homes and evacuations have been ordered for 140,000 residents. As of Wednesday morning, 20,000 homes were threatened by out-of-control fires that have burned more than 83,000 acres. Dangerous fire conditions are expected to be a threat for Southern California for much of this week.

The nonprofit Red Cross is working alongside partners to provide shelter, food and comfort for people forced to leave their homes with little notice because of the wildfires. Overnight Wednesday, almost 430 people took refuge from the fires in seven Red Cross shelters.

Those interested in supporting the Red Cross can go to, call (808) 739-8109, or mail checks to American Red Cross of Hawaii, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu 96816.