Bakery Lahaina has a long history in Maui. The small team of employees has been creating fresh baked goods with love for the Maui community for decades. Their team is small but mighty…and unfortunately, the entire team has experienced significant loss from the Lahaina wildfires. Most of the community and many of the employees at Bakery Lahaina have lost absolutely everything…their homes, clothing, personal items, and everything they own.
The team is highly skilled and passionate, but bakery work is hourly wage employment and most of them have no savings. Many have been left without the fundamental necessities for life, including, but not limited to food, water, and shelter.
Luckily all of the team are physically safe at this point, but not without significant trauma from the ordeal.
Charlie is unsure if his bakery will be able to open. He has put in unbelievably long hours keeping Bakery Lahaina up and running. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.
The donations will be distributed to the employees of Bakery Lahaina and their Ohana (home). Any surplus used to feed the community in the coming months while Lahaina goes through the long process of rebuilding. Mahalo for each and every dollar that you are willing to share with the team at Bakery Lahaina.
Note: Shelley Ramsey and Nikki Bonifer are managing this fundraiser on behalf of Chef Charlie Owen (they are Charlie’s sisters, based in Kentucky). Charlie and Jen Owen bought Bakery Lahaina several years ago, were trained by Jean-Louis and have been carrying forward the French bakery traditions he was known for. Charlie is originally from Kentucky…he and Jen and their families have also had significant loss and so while they are managing the work in Lahaina, We are taking care of establishing and managing the fundraiser on his behalf. If you have any questions about this, please reach out and we will answer questions promptly.