HWMO’s Community Outreach Coordinator flew to Maui to meet with students and talk to them about wildfire ecology and preparedness. The event was put on by the Maui 4-H program, a University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension youth involvement program. The theme was appropriately titled: “Earth, Wind, and Fire.” You can guess which element HWMO covered!
Students, ranging from K-12, broke off into small groups to spend 20 minutes with each educator. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Island Energy Inquiry, Maui Electric, and Monsanto representatives were among those holding activities at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.
Although 20 minutes would fly by, Pablo was able to share quite a bit about the importance of preparing for wildfires. Students were able to grasp the concepts quickly and were able to play the Firewise Plant Game to familiarize themselves with native plants that can also serve as fire-buffers around the home.