Officials for the County of Maui have recently addressed rumors surrounding Oprah Winfrey‘s alleged denial of entry into a Maui shelter during a devastating wildfire. These rumors arose after Winfrey arrived on the island to offer her assistance in the aftermath of the destructive flames that consumed homes, businesses, and land. The wildfire, which lasted for four days beginning on August 8th, originated in the small town of Lahaina.Many Maui residents sought refuge at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku, where Winfrey, accompanied by a CBS News crew, attempted to gain entry. However, it was reported that Winfrey was only allowed access if she agreed to leave her camera crew outside.
In an effort to provide clarity on this matter, Maui officials took to Facebook to share a statement. They explained, “To clarify, Oprah was able to visit our shelter, and we express our gratitude to her for instructing media journalists and camera crews to remain outside. We extend a warm welcome to Oprah to continue uplifting our community’s spirit and to offer her aloha to the victims of this tragic disaster.”
Oprah visited War Memorial gym, Maui. Interacted and helped #Maui wildfire survivors.
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— Shadab Javed (@JShadab1) August 11, 2023
This statement from Maui officials sets the record straight and dispels any misconceptions surrounding Winfrey’s access to the shelter. The County of Maui acknowledges Winfrey’s visit to the shelter and appreciates her consideration in leaving the camera crew outside, allowing the focus to remain on the affected individuals and their recovery efforts.