Aloha from the Heart:
Health, Healing, and Hope
after the Maui Fires
Written by Dr. Neel Chauhan, M.D.
Aloha, my dear Maui friends and family.
As I sit down to pen these words, the recent devastation caused by the Maui fires weighs heavily on my heart. The pristine beauty of our beloved island, now scarred, reminds us of the transient nature of life and how quickly things can change.
While the fires have consumed vast tracts of land, it has also ignited in us a realization of our interconnectedness. We’re not just connected by land, but by spirit, tradition, and our shared love for the islands we call home.
Physical and Mental Health After a Disaster
After the smoke clears and the initial shock subsides, it’s essential to acknowledge the cascading effects such events have on our health – both physical and mental. The smoke and debris can exacerbate respiratory problems, especially in children and the elderly. Mental health is equally at risk, with individuals potentially grappling with anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following such a traumatic event.
But amidst this adversity, there lies an opportunity. An opportunity for healing, for rebuilding, and for community solidarity.
Cloudwell Health’s Commitment to the Community
At Cloudwell Health, we are more than just a telehealth and primary care provider. We are part of this ‘ohana, and we pledge our unwavering support. Our team is available for consultations, especially for those who find it difficult to travel or are anxious about visiting health facilities in person. We can provide medical advice, prescribe necessary medications, or offer a listening ear. Mental health matters, and we’re here to help.
Supporting Each Other, The Island Way
The spirit of ‘Ohana means nobody gets left behind. The Maui fires have reminded us of the strength we draw from each other. As a community, let’s reach out, check in on our neighbors, and offer assistance where we can. Every small act of kindness counts.
We are resilient. We are Hawaii. And together, we’ll rise, rebuild, and renew our commitment to the land and each other.