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Images of FEMA workers at luxury Maui hotels stir anger, but agency says it's there to do a job

• By Jolanie Martinez

"FEMA booked themselves in the five-star luxury resorts," said Fox News Host Jesse Waters in a segment on Tuesday after Daily Mail posted the photos the same day.

The photos appears to show FEMA workers relaxing in luxury resorts at the cocktail bar. Another photo shows FEMA workers on their laptops at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

The images are rubbing devastated Lahaina residents the wrong way.

One resident, Dustin Kaleiopu, lost his home in the Lahaina fire.

"So they're seeing government employees or government volunteers staying in these luxury accommodations being funded by taxpayers, that's where the frustration comes from," he said.

FEMA spokesperson Darrell Habisch said reports of personnel staying in rooms for $1,000 a night are not true. FEMA is paying hotels the government rate of $345, he said.