Context: A devastating wildfire swept through Maui, Hawaii, leading to destruction, fatalities, and evacuations.
Maui is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of eight major volcanic islands, several atolls, and numerous smaller islets in the North Pacific Ocean, extending some 1,500 miles from the island of Hawaiʻi in the south to the northernmost Kure Atoll.
Formation: The Hawaiian Islands were formed by a hot spot occurring in the middle of the Pacific Plate. While the hot spot itself is fixed, the plate is moving. So, as the plate moved over the hot spot, the string of islands that make up the Hawaiian Island chain was formed.