Recent and Upcoming Events
Earth and Ocean Festival
The Earth and Ocean Festival will be held at Kealakehe Highschool and is a great place to learn about the health of earth, ocean, and family. Join HWMO for this informative family event.
Wildland Urban Interface Conference
HWMO Will be present at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Conference, which brings together the many stakeholders involved in combating the challenges of wildland fire. The most influential people in the fire service will join with representatives from state and local governments and community planners to discuss the problems each group is facing and how collectively new strategies can be implemented to mitigate wildland fires.
Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium
The 7th annual Dryland Forest Symposium was headlined by presenters from multiple agencies concerned with Hawaii's rare dryland forests. HWMO's own; Elizabeth Pickett was a poster-presenter, representing both HWMO and PFX.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Parker Ranch Center
The Cherry Blossom Festival comes to Parker Ranch Center again with crafts, food, performances, and of course the Hawaii Wildfire Management booth.
11/30/12 - Portland
Association of Fire Ecology:
AFE 5th International Fire Congress
This meeting brings together the world's authoraties on fire ecology for various oral and poster presentations, plenary talks, meetings, workshops, and much more.
10/13/12 - Hilo
Fire Prevention Week Parade
HWMO participated in Fire Prevention week in many ways, including being present at the week's organized festivities, competing in the bucket brigade competition, and celebrating Fire Prevention Week on our home front here at HWMO.
Hawaii Conservation Conference
HWMO's entire staff attended the Hawaii Conservation Conference. The three day conference was full of lectures, presentations, and fun. HWMO's Elizabeth Pickett also presented on the new Pacific Fire Exchange.
Waikoloa's Back to School Bash
HWMO's Andrew Tarnas and Nalani Ludwig spent the day at Waikoloa School, tabling at their back to school bash. There was everything from bouncy houses to great grinds; and of course Hawaii Wildfire Management educational materials for parents and keikis alike.
After Dark in the Park
HWMO traveled down to Volcanoes National Park to give a talk at the visitors center on fire mitigation around the home. The talk focused on RSG and Firewise initiatives, specifically how to prepare one's own community against the threat of wildfire!
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization
65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 211
Kamuela, HI 96743 Tel: (808) 885-0900 Fax: (808) 443-0136
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization
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HWMO is now accepting applications for our summer internship program!
1) Become an integral part of our close-nit team of professionals
2) Gain valuable work experience in both the office and in the field
3) Network with some of Hawaii's most experienced and well-known environmentalists and resource managers
Or Mail-In your application to:
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65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 211
Kamuela, HI 96743
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Waikoloa School: Hawaii Wildfire Management Fire Day Camp
HWMO taught hundreds of Waikoloa School students about Hawaii's fire regimes, fire cycles, impacts of wildfire, fire's effects on native plant species, and general fire safety.
Students attended presentations and fun outdoor activities run by HWMO staff throughout the day.
HWMO's Tom Loomis leads a presentation for Waikoloa School students. Five more groups this size or larger also attended presentations and activities; about 750 students in all!
Summer Arts Camp: Wildfire Science and Safety Day
HWMO's Andrew Tarnas spent the afternoon with the Waimea Summer Arts Camp; teaching basic fire science, fire ecology, and fire prevention. Campers learned in an exciting environment including presentations, experiments, and field games throughout the afternoon. The camp is being held at Waimea's Country Day School this year so there was an atmosphere for learning.
Tarnas takes a photo with a few of the students at Summer Arts Camp after a day of fire education fun!
HWMO and Volcano Community: Fire-Fuels Reduction Day
HWMO supports at-risk communities in responsible fire-fuels reduction and removal. Fire fuels and greenwaste are often disposed of incorrectly or not at all; causing real fire hazards near homes and ecosystems. Recently HWMO's Elizabeth Pickett met with the Volcano Community to organize an HWMO sponsored Fire-Fuels Reduction Day, including a chipper for mulching of fire prone snags and treefall.
Volcano community members properly dispose of greenwaste by chipping vegetation into mulch that will actually be used to mitigate fire! Special thanks to Jim Gail and John Lyle for helping to coordinate the day!
A Wildfire detection camera was installed by Hawaii's Nature Conservancy on the southern slopes of Mauna Loa in order to detect fires before they grow out of control
Check out This Article about the new Mauna Loa Wildfire Camera
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Fire Prevention Week!! Oct 6-13th
HWMO's Project Assistant, Andrew Tarnas and Board of Directors member Dave Faucette, hosted a group of new Waikoloa School teachers at our Dryalnd Safety Park. Teachers learned about Hawaii's unique fire cycle and its relation to the loss of our native plants habitat. Teachers also got to help add to the garden by planting new Pohinahina and Ilima.
Waikoloa New Teacher Orientation
In North Hawaii Today
Pickett discussed Firewise and Ready,Set, Go principles that can be applied around the home to prepare homeowners for preventing wildfire damages, long before there is an active fire threat!
HWMO's Executive Directior; Elizabeth Pickett; Met with Elliot Parsons (Three Mountain Alliance) and Doug Cram (University of Hawaii Extension) to discuss wildfire mitigation issues in the P'u'u wa'a'wa'a.
P'u'u wa'a'wa'a is home to rich native ecosystems that are constantly threatened by invasive species and resulting wildfire!
Right: Doug Cram and Elliot Parsons kneel over a map of the ahupua’a of Pu'u Wa'a wa'a.
Pu'u'wa'a'wa'a Wildfire Mitigation
The Puako Community Association and HWMO are working in partnership to fund, create, and maintain the establishment of a necessary firebreak between the dryland Kiawe forests and the Puako Community. HWMO continues to work together with PCA on wildfire mitigation projects including the next phase of expanding the fuel break.
Below: Peter Hackstead of PCA demonstrates the erosion potential of poor soils around the Puako area.
Representatives from FEMA visited with HWMO to review sites for potential FEMA funded wildfire mitigation projects. HWMO has applied for funding from FEMA to install firebreaks and diptanks for fire supression helecopters and trucks throughout the high fire risk regions of West Hawaii.
Right: FEMA representatives and HWMO board members visit potential project sites and review pictures of firebreak sites with Peter Hackstead of Puako Community Association
November 29 at 11 a.m. eastern time
HWMO Partners, IAFC (International Agency of Fire Cheifs) are sponsering a Webinar of their fire preparedness program, "Ready, Set, Go". "A diverse panel shares best practices on methods and messaging for delivering wildland-fire preparedness information to elementary, middle- and high-school students"
The Pacific Fire Exchange has officially launched their own website! Closely partnered with HWMO, PFX has been utilizing HWMO's domain and website to convay information about the newest of The Joint Fire Sicence Program's Regional Consortia. Now the exchange can be found at it's own website :
This site will continue to grow and develop over time so keep checking it out, or join the PFX mailing list.
Pacific Fire Exchange Website!
Waimea town was bustling again for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and HWMO was right in the mix! Hundreds of folks came from all around Hawaii and the Mainland, gathering around Parker Center and Church Row, and many stopped by HWMO to learn about Wildfire Mitigation in Hawaii!
20th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Right: Andrew Tarnas talks with community members at the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Teach-in and Webinar to Introduce Latest LANDFIRE Data
LANDFIRE 2010 is the latest version of LANDFIRE’s 20+ spatial data layers. The 2010 update brings the mapped products for the U.S. The new data will be released incrementally from spring through summer 2013. To introduce you to LANDFIRE 2010, we are offering two informational events:
LANDFIRE ecologist Randy Swaty will tweet about LANDFIRE 2010 and
provide links to maps, videos, guides, and more.
LANDFIRE 2010 Webinar. May 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. ET
To register for the Webinar, e-mail Jeannie Patton. She’ll send your personal invitation.
Kori Blankenship, Fire Ecologist will explain how LANDFIRE 2010 products were created, what makes them unique and how to obtain support from the LANDFIRE program.