Firewise Community Certification

Hawaii Wildfire Interactive Webapp

Click above to check out the HWMO Webapp

Click above to check out the HWMO Webapp

Why a Hawaii Wildfire webapp?

As an organization that serves all who live, work, or visit the Hawaiian Islands and parts of the Western Pacific, we want to make wildfire-related information readily available at your fingertips. We hope this app will be useful for you to learn more about the wildfire hazards in your own area so that you will be better equipped to take action in your community.

What does the Hawaii Wildfire webapp do?

The Hawaii Wildfire webapp visualizes wildfire data across Hawaii. It has four types of data: fire history, community hazard assessments, community input information, and census data.

Knowledge is power!

We want to say a big thank you to Niklas Lollo and Evangeline McGlynn, PhD candidates at the University of California, Berkeley, for developing the app in conjunction with Data Sciences for the 21st Century. Their hard work and dedication to this app no doubt shows in the final result.

If you have any questions or feedback, you can e-mail HWMO at or call (808) 885-0900.

How to Complete New Online Firewise Application Process


Calling all Firewise Communities and potential new ones: Firewise has a new online application system worthy of checking out right away. Get started on your application early so you can see the new changes and save your progress along the way before the November 15 due date for renewals.

Wanting to get a new community started? Give us a shout and we'll help you out!

Why HWMO? Infographic

Find out what our staff is saying about HWMO and visualize the projects we have been working on the past few years in our new infographic. 

How to Become a Firewise Community (Flyer)

 As of July 2015, we began working with a number of communities to help them achieve Firewise Communities Recognition, a nationwide program that recognizes communities for their efforts towards reducing the loss of lives, properties, and resources to wildfire. “The Firewise Communities approach emphasizes community responsibility for planning in the design of a safe community as well as effective emergency response, and individual responsibility for safer home construction and design, landscaping and maintenance.”

    If your community is interested, we can help you through each step of the certification process. Contact us today! As a nonprofit organization, our mission is to support your fire protection efforts. Becoming Firewise is an excellent step toward safeguarding your community and we are happy to help.

Firewise Communities Recognition Program Webpage

Firewise Communities Recognition Program Webpage

"The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program is a process that empowers neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 950 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire."

Safer From the Start: Developing a Firewise Community Video

“‘Safer From the Start’ documents the journey of one developer who incorporated Firewise principles into the development of a new subdivision. Learn about the benefits of creating a safer community in a wildland fire prone area and for minimal cost.”