Please note that, though I intend to participate by buying and reading books by Hawaiian authors, I am not involved in running or organizing this event. I am merely sharing the public information to help with reach. Please address any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe join along.
Please read entire information below prior to signing up:
TikTok has created miracles for many. Booktok alone has encouraged people to read, created a space to promote indie authors, and aided diverse communities in times of need (See #TransRightsReadAThon in the news). Booktok is a space that brings together many readers of different backgrounds (at times).
If you have seen the news lately, you might have seen apocalyptic wildfires scorching various districts of Maui. Ancestral lands, royal history, Hawaiian artifacts, families, businesses, and priceless ecosystems have been impacted by the wildfires. Many people have been displaced from their homes, many separated from their families—as well as those for whom their whereabouts are as yet unknown. Even though 80% of the wildfire in Lahaina is contained, the aftermath of the fires has and will continue to devastate the island.
Our goal is to use our booktok platforms and/or online presence to garner support, solidarity, awareness, and raise monetary donations to help the people who have been affected by one of the largest natural disasters Maui has seen in recent history.
The Maui Relief Effort Read-A-Thon will start August 14th-28th (participants can join at any time during the timeframe). We will be encouraging readers to donate to trusted local organizations recommended to us by people on the ground, on Maui, as well as those from Hawaii.
Please note – We realize the Read-A-Thon is super soon. This is because many cannot wait for help. Government aid often takes days, and certain criteria have to be met in order to receive assistance. Many had to flee quickly to survive with their lives. However, not everyone carries vital paperwork on their person. Other losses like that of key documents, government identification, insurance, registration, etc, are not to be overlooked. We are doing our best to heed the suggestions and ideas of Maui people and aid them whenever and wherever possible.
If you want to join or participate in the Maui Relief Effort Read-a-Thon, please read our guidelines and fill out our Google form:
Before August 14-
- Circulate graphics for Maui Relief Effort Read-a-Thon by liking, commenting, sharing, reposting, posting, etc.
- Announce your intentions to participate in the readathon by using our hashtag #ReadForMaui on whichever online platform of your choice.
- How you want to set up the donations is completely up to you! We just ask that you research and confirm the organization of your choosing will DIRECTLY aid Maui. We will have a list of suggested organizations and individual fundraisers from which you are welcome to choose.
- PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS of SCAMS. We are endeavoring to help Maui directly and will do our best to do so, but we are not infallible. Do your own vetting at all times.
- It is important to note that there are many ways to help! Your support efforts may land across someone’s FYP or feed that can help financially. Honestly, just showing that we care and hear Maui’s need for help may just make someone’s day.
- Do you want to support Hawaiʻi authors in general? We have lists available! Hawaiian authors
- Content is key, baby!
- Feel free to post resources, uplift Hawaiian content creators, book reviews, etc!
- The read-a-thon is NOT ABOUT US. It is about HELPING MAUI.
- If you are unsure if your content is insensitive to the situation, it may be best to ask someone how to improve or skip the idea for now.
- Utilize relevant hashtags to boost content, such as #ReadingForMaui.
- Keep followers updated on fundraising efforts (only if you are comfortable sharing). Anything helps! Whether it be $1 or $50! How you want to structure your Read-A-Thon is up to you! (Pledging by chapters, word count, or number of books).
- We highly suggest that if you and your followers donate to an org/family of your choice, that receipts are submitted to our email email@example.com!
- Please omit any personal information(card number or bank numbers). We just want to see the org/family you’re choosing and how much was donated!
- At the end, if you opt to share your email in the form, we will let our participants know how much was raised for Maui orgs/families across the board to share with followers????????!
- Post Readathon
- We would love to see your conclusion videos/posts to see how you felt during the read-a-thon and a wrap-up of all the books you read (favorites, if any new auto-buy authors, books that brought in new information and perspective, etc.)
- Read diversely all year round and encourage followers to do the same.
- Remember that even though news outlets may find new stories and various online platforms/niches, attention spans may be long gone, Maui will still continue to hurt. Please keep your heart open to additional fundraising efforts in the future <3
Lastly, dear participant,
Thank you for all that you are able to do. We love you for it. And we love Maui! #ReadForMaui #MauiStrong #MauiReadAThon #AidForMaui
If you have any questions, concerns, or any items/suggestions you want addressed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Huge thank you to the Queer Collective on Geneva, all in Maui Relief Effort – queer collective group chat on WhatsApp, @simbooktokbadly on TT for paving the way for Read-A-Thons on BookTok, @kahaulaauthor on TT for reading over our mission statement/guidelines providing us with feedback and suggestions relating to cultural sensitivity, @prblyreadingrn on TT & IG for sharing Maui Resources while on the ground, and to the countless other bookish folks who made this effort a reality.
Books I purchase from the above list
Edit: I also happened to come across this that I thought I’d share:
“Romancelandia is raising money for the Maui Wildfires.
Check out the 400 great offerings from and for the romance community. ”