Billionaire heiress and reality TV star, Paris Hilton, recently made headlines for her getaway to Maui, Hawaii. Photos captured the socialite and her family, including husband Carter Reum and their infant son, Phoenix, enjoying a sun-soaked holiday, only 30 miles from a catastrophic wildfire that consumed Lahaina.
Fresh from her Greece vacation, which she labeled as a rejuvenating break after an exhaustive schedule of work and motherhood, Hilton chose Wailea as her next escape. This elite locale in south Maui boasts lavish hotels and sprawling golf courses with hefty price tags for nightly stays.
Images showed Hilton cuddling with her husband and son, even flaunting a sizable inflatable duck and a diamond-studded travel cup, painting a contrastingly peaceful picture against the nearby inferno.
Hilton's Maui Visit Amid Pleas
This vacation comes amidst requests from Hawaiian officials urging tourists to avoid the island, given the tragic death toll of 93 and ongoing rescue missions.
Despite these pleas, Hilton arrived at the island on August 8th, the same day Lahaina's wildfires intensified. Following Hilton's arrival, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) made an appeal to visitors to evacuate Maui. However, it is essential to note that while the HTA discouraged non-essential travel to Maui, they continued to welcome tourists to Hawaii's other islands.
Hilton's decision faced significant criticism online. X, formerly known as Twitter, witnessed a slew of comments accusing Hilton of being insensitive. Responding to the backlash, sources told the Daily Mail that Hilton had been actively assisting victims of the disaster, emphasizing her longstanding bond with Maui.
Hilton took to Instagram to support the Hawaii Community Foundation and urged donations to aid the relief efforts. Hilton's connection to Hawaii extends to her business endeavors. The Hilton group boasts several vacation properties on the island, including the Hilton Double Tree and Grand Wailea.
As of August 14th, Maui's wildfire crisis exacerbated, with the death toll hitting 93 and numerous people missing. Tens of thousands were airlifted from the island. Hawaii's Governor, Josh Green, likened the wildfires to a "fire hurricane," further exacerbated by Hurricane Dora's 60mph winds.
Green underscored the challenges posed by global warming, emphasizing how the fires ravaged through communities at a terrifying pace. Prominent figures like Jason Momoa and Mick Fleetwood are championing aid efforts. Momoa, with Hawaiian roots, vehemently urged potential tourists to refrain from visiting the beleaguered island.
The scale of the disaster in Lahaina is a bleak reminder of climate change's devastating impact and underscores the importance of global collaborative action.