Getty Images
Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey Praised after Opening Private Road to Aid Maui Fire Evacuations

Claudine Varela
Jul 16, 2019
08:56 A.M.
Share this pen

Oprah Winfrey is praised on Twitter after she immediately responded to tweets requesting for access within her Hawaiian property following a brush fire that threatened the lives of residents in Maui.


There is no limit to Oprah Winfrey’s generosity. In response to the brush fire that broke out in Maui on Thursday, the multimedia mogul opened up her private road to assist in the evacuation.



Winfrey owns a property on the island which residents recently found use for. In the onset of the fire that hit the areas of Maalaea and Kihei, tweets addressed to the OWN founder requested for access within her property in order for those affected to flee and relocate to a safer place.

One person in panic tweeted,"@Oprah there's a huge brush fire on Maui right now! People are trying to evacuate Kihei-my husband and son included. If you would kindly share the code to your gate/road, folks can evacuate through Kula.”


Another by the name of Jack Moussally wrote, “@Oprah Maui is on fire consider opening the ranch road so we can get upcountry.”



Proving she’s as much a listener as she is a doer, Winfrey responded immediately to the tweets. Shortly after, she tweeted a message to Moussally informing him that her private road is already accessible.

“Hi there Jack, Access to the road was given to county officials immediately. This was many hours ago. Hoping for the safety of all.”



Within seconds of her tweet, fans responded with words of praise for the ever-reliable philanthropist.

“Of course Oprah comes thru with the clutch,” one said while another commended her for being, “awesome and always prepared to do for others.”

Even Hawaii Governor David Ige joined fans in tweeting his thanks by writing, “A big mahalo to @Oprah for giving @mauicounty access to your private road for use to assist in the #Mauifire.”



Residents of Maalaea and parts of Kihei were advised to evacuate after a fire that started along Kuihelani Highway threatened to reach their areas. Shelters were prepared in Wailuku and Kihei for thousands who were displaced. Maui Mayor Mike Victorino requested the public to conserve water and energy and prepare for the possible repercussions of the fire.

As of Friday, the wildfire continued to persist though 20% of it had been contained. To assure the safety of the residents and provide faster relief, Governor Ige declared Maui county a disaster area.


Meanwhile, Oprah’s boost in popularity after her kind gesture should give her all the more reason to pursue plans to reboot her famous talk show. She recently revealed she was considering the idea but “maybe not every day.”

Should the network owner decide to revive “Oprah,” it will also give her more opportunities to give back, though it's not as if she hasn’t done enough.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Poor Girl Says Old School Teacher Is ‘Horrible,' Secretly Records Him to Have Him Fired

April 16, 2022

Pastor Joel Osteen 'Makes No Apologies for His Wealth' — Inside $10.5M Home He Shares with His Wife & Kids

April 20, 2022

Rachael Ray & Husband John Cusimano Are Childless on Purpose despite Being Married for 16 Years

March 23, 2022

Woman Escapes Wildfire by Abandoning Her Dogs, Months Later Returns to Her Home's Wreckage

February 05, 2022

Rachael Ray Was 'Guilty & Grateful' after Her House Burned Down & Apartment Flooded — See the Renovated Property

March 20, 2022

Mom Discovers Her Husband's Other Family While Selling Cookies with Her Daughter

April 14, 2022

Woman Flees Her Burning Home in a Rush, Months Later Returns and Sees Luxury House in Its Place – Story of the Day

February 11, 2022

Little Girl Doesn’t Let Anyone into Her House until Old Farmer Breaks In — Story of the Day

March 06, 2022

Woman Pretends to Be Magical Fairy for Months to Comfort a Little Girl Who Was Feeling Lonely

April 22, 2022

Man Discovers His Old Job That Fired Him for Low Performance Was Still Using His Work

January 27, 2022

Grieving Old Man Waters 17 Trees Every Day until Mall Owner Decides to Build a Parking Lot There – Story of the Day

April 30, 2022

Boy on Walker Gets Injured on School Staircase - Mom Finds Out the Same Day

April 28, 2022

Man Waits for Son He Has Not Seen in Years at the Airport, Does Not Find Boy among Passengers – Story of the Day

April 29, 2022

Harry Behaves 'like a Child Stamping His Feet' as Queen's Health Has Worsened, Reports Say

March 16, 2022