‘Resilience resolve is in our DNA’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is “completely heartbroken” as the Maui wildfires continue to rage.

“I know that, by now, all of you around the world have seen the complete destruction and devastation that has hit our Hawaiian islands — our island of Maui — and I’m completely heartbroken over this and I know all of you are too,” Johnson said in a video posted on Instagram Sunday.

He continued, “Everything that I’ve seen transpire over these past couple of days, everything that continues to transpire hour by hour, minute by minute, it’s all heartbreaking.”

As the death toll from a wildfire that razed a historic Maui town reached 93, authorities warned Saturday that the effort to find and identify the dead was still in its early stages. It’s already the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century.

Johnson shared in his video that he is in contact with organizations relief organizations in Maui such as The Hawaii Community Foundation on the best ways to lend aid “and I will continue to get as much information as possible.”

“Heartbroken but our faith and mana is strong,” the “Moana” actor captioned the post. “First responders, health care teams, hotels, locals businesses, boots on the ground organizations and all our local heroes, stay strong – we love you and appreciate you. All our local families, our ohana, our aiga, stay strong thru this devastating time.”

Dwayne Johnson shared resources for aid in Maui amid deadly wildfires.

Dwayne Johnson shared resources for aid in Maui amid deadly wildfires.

Johnson, who is of Samoan descent and lived in Hawaii for a part of his childhood, added, “Resilience resolve is our DNA. Our ancestors are in our blood. This is who we are. This is what we do.”

The actor’s mother was also born in Hawaii.

“I love you. Stay strong,” Johnson concluded.

His messaging echoes relief efforts made by several celebrities, including native Hawaiians Jason Momoa and Auli’i Cravalho.

‘Moana’ actress Auli’i Cravalho warns people against traveling to Hawaii

Cravalho, 22, shared resources on Instagram for followers to donate supplies and asked for prayers amid the Maui tragedy.

“If you’ve felt helpless like I have over the last few days hearing about Maui and Big Island please continue reading for ways YOU CAN HELP,” she wrote. “Link in my bio will take you to Hawaii National Public Radio, where they lay out ways you can help, both in-person and from afar. If all you can offer is prayer, we’ll take it.”

The “Moana” actress also asked followers to comment with areas in the U.S. that are accepting physical donations for Maui.

“I feel numb and close to tears every time I talk about this. Of all the natural disasters we have faced; earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and flooding … to say we were under-prepared for this disaster is an understatement,” she wrote. “DO NOT TRAVEL TO HAWAI’I UNLESS YOU ARE RENDERING AID. This has been declared a FEDERAL DISASTER. Your vacation can wait.”

Cravalho concluded: “My heart and funds and donations are headed your way Hawai’i, even if I physically am not.”

‘Moana’ actress Auliʻi Cravalho ‘numb’ amid Maui wildfires, Jason Momoa shares resources

Jason Momoa also discouraged tourism in Hawaii

“Maui is not the place to have your vacation right now,” Momoa wrote on Instagram Friday. “DO NOT TRAVEL TO MAUI. Do not convince yourself that your presence is needed on an island that is suffering this deeply.”

The “Aquaman” actor added: “Mahalo to everyone who has donated and shown aloha to the community in this time of need.”

Momoa has also shared links to several relief organizations such as ‘Āina Momona, Kāko’o Haleakalā, Mana Maoli and more.

The actor also announced the campaign “#Mele4Maui,” encouraging people to share a mele, which is a chant, song or poem, “dedicated to our Maui ʻohana impacted by the fires, and to invite others to do the same.”

“The mana of Aloha truly shines through in times like these, and for those who can donate or volunteer, those remain as the primary calls to action. And, sometimes we need to pause and take a deep breath – to calm down, give ourselves permission to feel, and find the mana that will get you and loved ones through the next step forward,” Momoa wrote Saturday. “For many, we do this with music – which can also be an effective way to help spread the word.”

Contributing: Jeanine Santucci, N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Claire Thornton

Death toll from Maui wildfire reaches 93, making it the deadliest in the US in more than 100 years

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson ‘heartbroken’ over Maui wildfires

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