As a large brush fire blazed through portions of Central and South Maui on Thursday afternoon, residents found themselves sequestered from the rest of the island with no way in and no way out of Kihei.
Area residents raised questions about the possibility of opening what is referred to as “Oprah’s Road.”
Twitter user @jacktheman, garnered a response from the mega star with a plea tweeting, “Maui is on fire consider opening the ranch road so we can get upcountry.”
Oprah who has a following on the platform of 42.4 million replied,”Hi there Jack, Access to the road was given to county officials immediately. This was many hours ago. Hoping for the safety of all.”
The County never officially announced the road opening but some residents say they were indeed allowed access. Mahalo Oprah!
According to a Maui Time Article published in 2011, “Oprah’s road is concrete and asphalt 12 feet across. Goodfellow Brothers paved it in December 2010. The road stretches from the water tank at Kealakapu Road near Piilani Highway in Kihei to Keokoa, near Haleakala Highway. It’s a road locals have been waiting for 40 years — a potentially golden road that could radically ease traffic congestion in Central Maui.”
Hi there Jack, Access to the road was given to county officials immediately. This was many hours ago. Hoping for the safety of all. ?? https://t.co/BxsPNUkkJC— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 12, 2019