As Hawaiians recover from the wildfires that have ravaged parts of Maui and devastated the resort town of Lahaina, some have expressed concern about the arrival of real estate speculators who would take advantage of the disaster to seize of properties. Restoring a community after a wildfire can be an expensive and daunting process, and speculators may see it as an opportunity to buy distressed property cheaply and build it, or flip it later for a profit.
Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said he was exploring the idea of a moratorium on any sales of real estate damaged or destroyed by the fires. “You would be pretty misinformed if you tried to steal land from our people and then build here,” he warned.
The Times is looking for Lahaina residents who have been approached by speculators wanting to buy land there. We hope to better understand the difficulty of rebuilding after a crisis and the role that speculators play in this process.
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