As part of a double-header of partner meetings at the Waimea Civic Center on April 24th, HWMO met with its partners from Hawaii Fire Department, University of Hawaii CTAHR, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Fire & Emergency Services, and DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife for a Big Island Wildfire Coordinating Group (BIWCG) meeting. Each agency gave updates about recent wildfire-related news and future training and partnership opportunities.
Following the BIWCG meeting, a few other partners of HWMO entered the room for a Technical Advisory Committee meeting. Before the meeting, our partners were treated to delicious sandwiches and snacks prepped by HWMO staff and juicy mountain apples brought in by HFD Assistant Chief Gantry Andrade.
Representatives from DLNR DOFAW on Oahu, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Oahu, Department of Hawaiian Homelands, and Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative joined BIWCG and HWMO staff and Board members to discuss "dream projects" that HWMO could pursue. As a collaborative organization, we don't move forward with a project unless its grounded in the needs of agencies and communities. This is one of the major reasons why our projects have been so successful!