Oprah stays silent amid Maui fires as desperate Hawaii residents plead with celebrity billionaires with homes on the island for help

By Jane Smith, Dailymail.Com Senior Reporter

20:23 10 August 2023, updated 13:07 11 August 2023

  • Oprah owns nearly 2,000 acres of land on Maui including an 11-bedroom ranch
  • Jeff Bezos owns a property on South Beach, and Owen Wilson, Clint Eastwood and Steven Tyler also own one

As Maui residents wake up to another day of devastation from a devastating wildfire that has so far claimed 36 lives and left hundreds homeless, many are wondering where the island’s wealthiest landowners are – and what they are willing to do to help.

Oprah, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, Clint Eastwood and Steven Tyler are among the big names who own homes on Maui, but none have yet commented on how they intend to help those in need.

Bezos’ fiancée, Lauren Sanchez, posted on Instagram that the fires were “breaking her heart,” but he has not yet made a statement.

With a net worth of $162 billion, he is the third richest man in the world. Bezos owns a $78 million estate on the southwest shore of Maui.

Part-time Maui residents include Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, Steven Tyler, Owen Wilson and more. Larry Ellison owns almost the entire island of Lanai, which is located near the city of Lahaina. Mick of Fleetwood Mac encouraged the fundraising efforts and is suffering from the loss of his restaurant himself. There was silence from others as thousands of locals tried to put the pieces of their lives and homes back together

A source close to the couple told DailyMail.com they were “devastated” by the disaster.

They have been on the phone with local residents and local officials since yesterday. They said they would make donations to help the community.

Oprah, who is worth $2.5 billion, owns nearly 2,000 acres of land on Maui and has lived there part-time for 15 years. It is unclear whether any of its territory was damaged.

She purchased the most recent 860-acre parcel in March of this year for $6.6 million. Aerosmith Steven Tyler also has a home on the island, as do Owen Wilson and Clint Eastwood.

Oprah spends most of her time on Maui with her best friend, Gayle King. The duo was shown off during a recent outing in Hawaii
In addition to the 11-bedroom ranch (shown), Oprah also owns nearly 2,000 acres of land on Maui

Larry Ellison owns 98 percent of the nearby island of Lanai. The Oracle billionaire has yet to make a public statement about the disaster.

Mark Zuckerberg, who owns a huge house on the island of Kauai, has not yet spoken about the disaster.

Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac saw his restaurant in Lahaina – Fleetwood on Front Street – burn to the ground.

“Maui and the Lahaina community have been my home for decades,” Meek said in a statement on social media.

“This is a devastating moment for Maui, and many are suffering unimaginable loss.

“Fleetwood at Front Street has been lost, and while we are deeply saddened, our main priority is the safety of our dear employees and team members.

Bezos’ home with Sanchez is located in the exclusive Bay of La Perros. He paid a whopping $78 million for the property, which sits on 14 acres
Bezos with his fiancée Lauren Sanchez four days ago in Taormina, Sicily. A source close to the couple told DailyMail.com they were “devastated” and were on the phone with “local residents and local officials” to determine the best way to help.

“On behalf of myself and my family, I share my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the people of Maui.”

“We are committed to supporting the community and those affected by this disaster in the days, months and years to come.”

Barack Obama, who grew up in Honolulu and has a home on the Big Island, issued a statement last night that included a link to a local community fundraising effort.

“It’s hard to see some of the images coming from Hawaii, which is a very special place for many of us.

“Michelle and I are thinking of everyone who has lost a loved one, or had their life turned upside down. If you want to help, you can do it here,” he said.

After hearing reports that her home was destroyed along with her pets, Steph Paco Kirkman responded after wildfires caused by high winds are believed to have destroyed much of the historic city of Lahaina.
Lahaina was almost wiped off the map after 271 structures were burned to the ground during severe wildfires
An aerial view shows destroyed homes and buildings burned to the ground around the harbor and Front Street in the historic city of Lahaina following wildfires in West Maui, Hawaii, on August 10, 2023.
A wildfire burns in Kihei, south of Maui, late Wednesday, August 9, 2023. Thousands of residents raced to flee their homes as fires swept through the island in one of the deadliest U.S. wildfires in recent years.
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac saw his restaurant in Lahaina – Fleetwood on Front Street – burned to the ground

Jason Momoa, who is from Honolulu, also appealed for help from island residents.

“We are devastated and saddened for our friends and ‘ohana on Maui who were affected by the recent wildfires.”

Momoa has frequently shared links to fundraising efforts.

Bette Midler, who also has a home in Hawaii, tweeted about the ongoing disaster efforts.

Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Brosnan, who have a home on Kauai, asked for support.

“My sincere and heartfelt prayers are for Maui, the Hawaiian community, residents, families, and animals affected by these unprecedented wildfires,” Kelly posted on Instagram.

“If you are able, please consider donating to the Hawaii/Maui Community Foundation to help those in need.”

The American Red Cross is in Hawaii to assist in the recovery process, which officials say will take “years.”

According to Deadline, celebrity chef José Andrés — who regularly lends his assistance in natural disasters — is working on a plan to bring food to many locals on Maui.

The death toll from the fires has now risen to 36 people, with hundreds still missing and hundreds displaced.

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