We live in exciting times here in Hawaiʻi, as we witness movement forward towards the development of new Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities across the state. One of the prime examples is the Waikoloa Village community, which sits in the middle of the most fire-prone area in the state.
On April 11th, HWMO facilitated a meeting of community members who have been actively engaged in the wildfire preparedness process. The attendees shared before and after photos of the "Ready" work they and their neighbors have worked on since our Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop in March.
One of the exciting discussions that came out of the meeting involved the movement towards achieving Firewise Community status for Waikoloa. The group took the initiative to proclaim itself as a Firewise Community in hopes achieving official status as a committee through the Waikoloa Village Association.
We're grateful to have a solid group of individuals who are committed to applying the principles of Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities to their local community. We hope to see the same from other communities across the state.