My Brother Warner’s Lahaina Fire Story of Selfless Love

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (Matt 25:31)

Please read again Matthew 25:31–46, which describes Yeshua’s judgment of the sheep and goats where he concludes,

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (Matt 25:31)

Like a lot of you, I have been following updates on the Lahaina Maui, Hawaii fire story and its aftermath—especially the human element. There are many unanswered questions as to how this horrific fire started, why or why not certain things happened that could have saved lives and so on. But to me, these are not the most important questions to ask. Rather, how are the people doing and what would I do were I in a similar situation?

The bottom line is that the lives of everyday people like you and me were turned upside down in a few hours. Such could happen to anyone of us in an instant. Each of us is a breath or heartbeat away from are lives being completely changed forever, if not ended. How do people in such a situation respond? What do you do? Where do you go? How do you put your life back together again? How do you cope? These are questions that go through my mind, and probably yours too if you’re a thinking and feeling person. We are living in the crazy days of the end times, so who knows what may be around the corner coming at us like a freight train! Thus it behooves us to live each day as if it were our last. With this in mind, what would Yeshua have us to do? What would he do? What did he do?

A few years ago, Sandi and I were privileged to spend a week in Ka’anapali next to Lahaina in Maui. We walked the beaches, swam in the ocean, strolled along Front Street enjoying the culture, marveled at North America’s largest banyan tree, sampled the food, purchased some precious mementos from the shops that are now ashes. I even left an important piece of my self in Maui. While body surfing in the ocean, I lost my wedding ring—it slipped off my hand as my finger brushed against some coral. Not wanting to be ringless, we bought an inexpensive koa wood metal ring from a jewelry shop on Front Street.

All that aside, and back to the human element, last night I came across this video of Warner, a native and indigenous Hawaiian telling his story of rescuing people during the fire. I have no idea if he is a Bible believing Christian or not, but this is one of the most engaging and poignant stories of godly love and sacrifice that I have ever heard. I can only hope that I would be half the man that he was were I in a similar situation!

I started watching this video and could not stop. It has challenged me deeply.

For a long time, it has been my conviction that when times get tough for the people of YHVH Elohim and we are fighting for our survival against the spirit of antichrist, the saints will come together in powerful unity and boldness and will rise to the occasion as Warner did. This will be our moment to shine the bright light of Yeshua’s love, joy, peace and hope in the lives of those around us.

In the mean time, may YHVH grant us the help and desire to begin taking baby steps to act in this manner here and now! This is the spirit of aloha and ohana that is deeply embedded in the Hawaiian culture. (Please look up the definitions of these words.) We can learn much from this cultural concept.


6 thoughts on “My Brother Warner’s Lahaina Fire Story of Selfless Love

  1. Shalom Natan Lawrence, do you have an updated Scripture Reading Schedule. Your reading schedule is a big help in our daily Torah study. thank you very much.

    • No. My wife does the schedule, and she has been overloaded with other projects and work in her daily life and has not been able to get to it yet. I told her not stress out over this and to get to it when she can.

  2. Very Emotional and gut wrenching accounts of this man’s bravery and selfless Love for the people. As you so Rightly mentioned Natan.
    Thank you Natan for including this video so we can listen first hand to this man.
    Just looked up the meaning of the 2 words.
    1) aloha – A Hawaiian word used when greeting or parting from someone.
    2)ohana-Means Family, and Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.Ohana means the familial bond that Native Hawaiians share
    You may consider only those you are blood- related( adoptive or relational) to as family.

    We should consider what Family means in relation to being adopted-grafted into the True Olive Branch thru the precious Blood of Messiah. The Word says Elohim will never leave or forsake us.(as long as we Love him with all our heart,mind & strength.)Keep His Commands.

  3. Thank you for sharing the video. YHVH bless this man! Inspiring & worth emulating when given the opportunity.

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