The two of them tried to escape the fire along with her parents, Faaoso and Maluifonua Tone, in their Honda Civic, but they did not survive. Salote’s brother Folau Tone was driving a Nissan truck through the flames with his four children. He has struggled with the weight of wondering why his car made it out but his sister’s did not.
For Laurie Allen, the fight for survival lasted weeks. Ms. Allen, 65, loved snorkeling and kayaking and was known for showing compassion to homeless residents. She managed to escape the inferno on foot, though she suffered third-degree burns on more than 70 percent of her skin. Ms. Allen underwent a series of surgeries and skin grafts at a burn center in Honolulu. Seven weeks after the fire, she succumbed to her injuries.
“There are no words to express how deeply I will miss her,” her husband, Perry Allen, told The Times in a text message after her death.
Identifying the dead has been a colossal undertaking, involving DNA samples from family members and dental experts. At one point, officials had said that 115 people had died. At another, the toll was believed to be 97. In some cases, there were multiple sets of remains for one person. In others, remains turned out to be nonhuman.
All but two of the 100 were from Lahaina. George Hall III was from Kahului, another town on the island. And Theresa Cook was from California. She was staying at a hotel in Lahaina and was scheduled to return to Sacramento on Aug. 9.