“Lahaina,” a melancholic new song by The Doobie Brothers, is being released to help those impacted by the tragic fires that decimated portions of the Hawaiian island of Maui. The band’s official YouTube channel has debuted the companion music video for the song, which is currently accessible digitally. The song’s proceeds will go toward supporting People’s Fund of Maui, a nonprofit organization founded by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Oprah Winfrey that offers financial assistance to over 8,000 residents of Maui who have been forced to flee their homes due to fires in the Lahaina and Kula regions. Additionally, $100,000 will be donated to the charity by The Doobie Brothers. Doobie Brothers members Pat Simmons and Michael McDonald, who have lived on Maui for a long time, co-wrote “Lahaina” with producer John Shanks, who worked extensively with the group on their studio album Liberté from 2021. Together with musical contributions from Simmons, McDonald, and the other two key members of The Doobies, Tom Johnston and John McFee, the song also features guest appearances by Hawaiian singer/songwriter Henry Kapono, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.
Another longstanding Maui native, Fleetwood formerly managed a downtown Lahaina restaurant that was completely destroyed by fire. Simmons talked about the inspiration behind writing the song’s lyrics and starting the charity campaign in a press release about it. I’ve lived in Maui for the past 28 years, so I wanted to pay homage to the island I’ve called home while also raising money and awareness for the relief and rebuilding efforts there,” he stated. This song is a reflection of what Lahaina has meant to each and every one of us. We want to return to Lahaina one day, as so many others have done, and experience the aloha atmosphere while strolling around the city’s streets. The “Lahaina” movie shows the devastating effects of the fire in addition to footage taken of the beach town and its picturesque surroundings before to the incident. Simmons, McDonald, Johnston, McFee, Fleetwood, Shimabukuro, and Kapono can all be heard individually singing and/or playing the song at other scenes in the clip. Johnston thanked Simmons and his band in a statement regarding the song on behalf of People’s Fund of Maui. “We’re grateful to have The Doobie Brothers’ beautiful music and genuine support as our people on Maui piece their lives and homes back together,” Johnston added.
“Having lived on the island for a long time, Pat is familiar with the Maui community and the terrible destruction its people are valiantly enduring. “Lahaina” is a song that embodies our spirit of aloha and will significantly impact the healing process. Currently, The Doobie Brothers are opening for the final dates of the Eagles’ Long Goodbye Tour in 2023. This week, the tour comes to an end with performances in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 17 and 18. As for now, Additionally, the Doobies have announced their first headline performance of 2024: a show on January 28 at Austin, Texas’ Moody Center, which will benefit three nearby organizations. StubHub has tickets for that performance; orders placed through StubHub’s FanProtect program are 100% guaranteed. Due to demand, prices on StubHub, a secondary market ticketing platform, may be higher or cheaper than face value.