Biden vows gov’t will help Maui for ‘as long as it takes’ after wildfire

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Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. grieve / griv / (v.) – to feel or show great sadness, usually because someone has died

    She’s grieving the loss of her grandmother.

  2. persevere / ˌpɜr səˈvɪər / (v.) – to keep on trying to do something in a determined way despite any difficulty

    People who persevere in life are more likely to become successful.

  3. singed / sɪndʒd / (adj.) – burned on the surface

    I cut the singed part of the roasted chicken before serving it.

  4. motorcade / ˈmoʊ tərˌkeɪd / (n.) – a group of vehicles, including a car carrying an important person, that’s traveling together

    They added more police cars in the president’s motorcade to increase security.

  5. wind through / waɪnd θru / (idiom) – to move or progress in a path or route that twists or turns

    The cars and trucks wind through a narrow street because the main road is under repair.


Read the text below.

President Joe Biden told survivors of Hawaii’s wildfires that the nation “grieves with you” and promised that the federal government will help Maui for “as long as it takes” to recover after touring damage caused by the deadliest wildfire in the United States in more than a century.

Biden arrived in Maui 13 days after the wildfires that have taken at least 114 lives ravaged the western part of the island.

Standing near a severely burned 150-year-old banyan tree, the president acknowledged the “overwhelming” devastation but said that Maui would persevere through the tragedy. “It burned, but it still stands,” Biden said about the tree. “I know it’s a metaphor, but that’s you. That’s who you are. That’s Hawaii. There’s no quit in Hawaii. There’s no quit in America.”

Biden and First Lady Jill Biden got a close look at the devastation, seeing for themselves the hollowed homes, structures, charred cars and singed trees left in the wake of the blaze.

They spent most of their visit in Lahaina, a historic town of 13,000 people that was virtually destroyed by the flames. His motorcade wound through the community of block upon block of hollowed out homes and structures, palm trees burnt to a crisp and endless debris.

The Bidens also met with first responders and were briefed by state and local officials about the ongoing response. They also took part in a blessing by island elders of his visit.

The Bidens interrupted a weeklong vacation in the Lake Tahoe area for the five-hour flight to Lahaina.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • How do you think President Biden’s visit to Maui will impact the wildfire victims and the recovery efforts? Discuss.
  • Do leaders in your country respond like Biden during calamities? Why do you say so? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • The Bidens interrupted a weeklong vacation in the Lake Tahoe area for the five-hour flight to Lahaina. What does this move by the Bidens show people? Discuss.
  • Addressing the Hawaii people, Biden said, “There’s no quit in Hawaii. There’s no quit in America.” What do you think this means? What words of encouragement would you give the people of Hawaii if you could? Discuss.