Video: Deadly Hawaii Fire Destroys Everything But Leaves Church Seemingly Unscathed

One historic Catholic church in Hawaii remains standing amid fires that have devastated the islands and its direct surroundings. Video shared on Twitter Friday shows the Maria Lanakila church seemingly unscathed amid the smoking aftermath of fires in the town of Lahaina on Maui. “Nothing else but Maria Lanakila,” the video’s author says of the area. Photo imagery from the air revealed the extent of the devastation around Maria Lanakila — and the preservation of the church. Some reacted to the church’s preservation as cause for hope amid the darkness of the fires that have ravaged the tourist destination. The history of the parish church dates back to 1846, according to the congregation — before Hawaii became an American territory or state. The church’s name translates into “Our Lady of Victory” from the Hawaiian language. Although the church building was spared from the blazing fire, the disaster has inflicted more serious costs than mere buildings with spiritual yet symbolic meanings. The fires have primarily impacted the island of Maui, according to the New York Post. There are also some fires on the Big Island, though SF Gate is reporting those fires have largely dissipated. More aerial photos showed the extent of devastation in the town of Lahaina.
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The bodies of those killed in the fires have been recovered from the waters around Lahaina, according to Hawaii News Now. Fatalities from the disaster continue to mount, with deaths connected to the fire reaching 89 as of Saturday night, according to The New York Times. The casualties are severe enough to make the wildfires the deadliest in U.S. history, according to NBC News. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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