Kawaihae is quickly becoming a hub of Firewise activities. Kohala-By-The-Sea has been a certified community every year since 2004! Honokoa, formerly Kailapa, became the first Hawaiian homestead to receive Firewise recognition for the efforts last year. Word is spreading like wildfire and now Kohala Waterfront, directly across from Kohala-By-The-Sea and just northwest of Honokoa, could be certified this year. HWMO’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Pickett, met with residents on March 23 to familiarize them on the Firewise application process. With Hawaii Fire Department prevention officials on hand, the small group visited an area of concern and brainstormed ideas for wildfire risk reduction projects.