By Emily Godin, America’s chief political correspondent

01:20 18 September 2023, updated 01:52 18 September 2023

  • Ivanka visited Maui two weeks ago on a humanitarian mission
  • It distributed food and supplies with the CityServe International group
  • Thousands remain displaced, and the rebuilding process has not yet begun

Ivanka Trump made a secret trip to Maui a few weeks ago to distribute meals and vital supplies to residents still recovering from devastating wildfires.

The former First Daughter joined CityServe International on a humanitarian mission where they distributed 250,000 prepared meals to displaced families affected by the largest wildfire in US history.

They visited Lahaina Church, which serves as a food pantry, and met residents working to rebuild their lives.

Wearing a blank T-shirt and green pants, Trump wore an “Eva” name tag as she distributed fresh produce grown locally on Maui.

Ivanka Trump made a secret trip to Maui a few weeks ago to distribute food and supplies to those displaced by wildfires.

During her visit, Ivanka Trump distributed fresh vegetables, delivered pre-packaged supplies, and posed for photos.

“Her humble presence lifted morale and reminded Lahaina residents that they had not been forgotten,” CityServe said in a statement.

“Amidst the tears, there are tangible signs of hope and love, and as the meals and supplies arrived, our partners and team were alongside Ivanka, transporting boxes of supplies, comforting survivors, and distributing meals to those who lost everything. . . .

Nearly 6,000 displaced residents are staying in Maui hotels, while another 1,100 are staying in Airbnb rentals.

Ivanka Trump and the group distributed food, water, local produce, gift cards and other needed supplies to displaced families and individuals staying at hotels, local distribution centers and stores near Lahaina, CityServe said.

The group also provides gas cards and air filters to residents, and advises them not to drink water and stay away from areas affected by the fires.

Trump also used her connections to convince other companies to donate goods to those on Maui, according to CityServe.

Next week, a 747 loaded with $1 million worth of supplies will head toward Maui with e-bikes, electric scooters, electronics, toys, dry foods, small appliances, guitars, and more. Several platforms from Jockey’s clothing — “all because of Ivanka’s relationship,” the group said.

The wildfires have been brought under control across the island but damage remains in the 2,170 acres burned. The death toll stands at 97, and 66 people are still missing.

Ivanka Trump meets with displaced people, and on her trip to Maui with CityServe, helps distribute 250,00 ready-made meals
Ivanka Trump also visited Lahaina Church, which serves as a food pantry

The Maui burn area remains restricted to authorized personnel as officials clean up ash and other potentially hazardous debris. There are an estimated 2,200 buildings damaged or destroyed.

The cleanup process can take months. The early cost estimate is $5.5 billion.

Originally visitors were asked to stay away so officials and residents could focus on cleanup efforts on the West Coast.

Tourism is a major driver of Hawaii’s economy, and a wildfire on Maui led state officials to cut their 2023 economic growth forecast to 1.1%, down from 1.8%.

But to help bring in needed dollars, much of West Maui will reopen to tourists on Oct. 8 under a new wildfire emergency declaration signed by Hawaii Gov. Josh Green last week.

Visitors will be asked to stay away from Lahaina and the affected East Coast.

On this side of Maui, residents of Lahaina, Kula and surrounding areas are advised to use only bottled water or potable water provided by tankers.

Ivanka Trump wore an “Eva” name tag while handing out food
Ivanka Trump carries supplies for distribution
The former First Daughter also took photos with residents
The charred remains of homes can be seen after the Lahaina wildfires

Students will not be able to return to the classroom until mid-October. The fires displaced nearly 3,000 students from Lahaina’s four public schools.

Ivanka Trump has been partnering with CityServe for nearly four years.

I worked with them during the Covid pandemic to provide food to those in need.

The group also helped send one million meals to Ukrainians and visited Poland with them to help refugees.

The former first daughter has left politics — while she supports Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in the White House, she is not campaigning for him — and has focused on philanthropy and raising her three children with husband Jared Kushner.

The Kushner/Trump family moved to Florida after leaving Washington, D.C., where Jared and Ivanka served as advisors in President Trump’s administration.

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