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Did the Cannery Mall in Lahaina Maui Survive the Wildfires? Latest Info

The fires that swept through Lahaina, Maui were devastating for the community. As much as 70% of the town was reportedly destroyed by the quick-moving blaze.

Many people who frequent Lahaina, Hawaii are wondering whether the Cannery Mall complex–one of the newest renovated shopping centers in Lahaina–survived the blaze.

The Cannery Mall includes an indoor mall, as well as the Safeway supermarket. I personally visited the Cannery Mall in late July 2023, just a few weeks before the fires. It’s a great indoor place to have a snack or do a bit of shopping.

Cannery Mall in July 2023
Cannery Mall in July 2023

Confusingly, initial reports based on satellite imagery suggested that the Cannery Mall had been destroyed. Thankfully, this does not appear to be accurate.

Later reports indicate that the Cannery Mall’s physical structure survived the fire. More specifically, the Safeway store that anchors the complex posted on its Facebook page saying that the structure had survived.

“Safeway has been proudly serving Hawaii since 1963. We are assisting our impacted employees and assessing store operations. The store is standing and remains closed. We will reopen the store as soon as it’s safe to do so and are committed to supporting local relief efforts,” Safeway said.

Cannery Mall in July 2023
Cannery Mall in July 2023

Since Safeway is the main tenant at the Cannery Mall, it’s likely that the mall physically survived the blaze.

Of course, there have been major impacts to the economy of Lahaina and Maui in particular. Employees may have lost their homes or family members. Safeway says it is committing $100,000 to relief efforts.

Additionally, although the structure has reportedly survived, sources say that both the merchandise inside and the building itself were likely damaged by smoke and winds.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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