Firefighter Chili Cook-Off
Aug
26
4:30pm 4:30pm

Firefighter Chili Cook-Off

Join HWMO for a barn-good time with tasty chili and good music under the stars on Saturday, August 26 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Red Barn at Parker Ranch (behind soccer fields and arena) in Waimea (Kamuela).

Four firefighter teams from Hawaii Fire Department and U.S. Army-Garrison, Fire and Emergency Services will face off in a chili cooking competition that will be judged by none other than Sam Choy! There is also a people's choic award for the best chili. That's where you come in!

Chili Tasting! (Vote for your favorite firehouse chili)
Drinks!
Music!
Silent Auction!
Prizes!
Much more...and all for a great cause!

Tickets are $40 and include dinner, drinks, and dessert.

For $300, you can reserve a VIP Table for 6. A VIP table gets you an extra alcoholic drink per person and guaranteed seating near the front of the event (seating otherwise is first come first serve).

Kids under 10 free!

$10 discount per ticket for fire and emergency personnel and families.

For tickets, visit:
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/firefighter-chili-cook-off-tickets-4843124917.

We encourage everyone to buy tickets early to ensure a smooth registration process.

If you have questions, contact us at (808) 885-0900 or admin@hawaiiwildfire.org

 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Overall Event Sponsors:

Parker Ranch
Big Island Candies
Edmund C Olson Trust No II

Food Sponsors:

Mamane Street Bakery - Donating baked goods
KTA - Donating rice and dessert
Lilikoi Garden Café - Donating salad
Tommy Bahama - Donating veggie chili
Kona Brewing Company - Donating beer
Waimea Coffee Company - Donating coffee
Hemp2o - Donating non-alcoholic beverage
Sustainable Island Products - Donating plates/cutlery

 

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ʻOhiʻa Love Fest
Aug
27
9:00am 9:00am

ʻOhiʻa Love Fest

"A new fungal disease is currently attacking and killing ʻōhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaiʻi. On Hawaiʻi Island, hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa have already died across thousands of acres from this fungus, called Ceratocystis fimbriata. Healthy trees appear to die within a few days to a few weeks, which is how the disease came to be called “Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.” This disease has killed trees in the South Hilo, Puna, Kaʻū and Kona districts of Hawaiʻi Island and has the potential to kill ʻōhiʻa trees statewide."

Join University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in celebrating ʻōhiʻa at ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest! This family friendly event will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaiʻi from 9AM to 4PM."

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20th Annual Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation Award's Dinner and Fundraiser
Sep
2
4:30pm 4:30pm

20th Annual Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation Award's Dinner and Fundraiser

Credit - Daniel Sayre Foundation

Credit - Daniel Sayre Foundation

"Enjoy a five star gourmet dinner buffet, bid on our fabulous Silent and Live Auction items and socialize with your friends in an elegant setting.  Best of all, celebrate this years’ awardees, meet our Island Heroes and hear their amazing stories.  Thanks to generous donations from the Ironman Foundation, The Bank of Hawaii, The PGA Tour, Paradise Helicopters, Bike Works Beach & Sports,  The Karakin Foundation, The Kona Mauka Rotary Club, The Hawaii Community Foundation - Steve Marquis Fund, Linda Jane Kelly, AT&T, The Hawaii County Council, Dan & Jan Vuicich, The Subramanian family, the Big Island community and our Live and Silent Auction Donors, the Foundation was able to refurbish the Radon Rescue Boat for Rescue 7, and acquire the following: Waterproof headsets/microphones for the watercraft operators, Rope rescue equipment, SCUBA tanks, Garmin GPS units, swift water vests, and two hands free communication systems for a total ofover $84,000.

The needs for this year are vast, including rope rescue equipment, rescue communication systems, ATV's, rescue boards, automatic defibrillators, advanced technology wetsuits, dive boots, dive lights,  UV protection garments, backpacks, gear lockers, Thermal imager, GPS units, Arizona Vortex anchors for rope rescues and jet skis.

Our Fire/Emergency/Rescue personnel need our help even more than ever during this economic downturn. 

Please join us for a wonderful evening and show your support for the amazing work and dedicated service of the Hawaii County Fire Department.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Dr. Frank Sayre & Laura Mallery-Sayre"

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7th Annual Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair
Sep
9
9:00am 9:00am

7th Annual Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair

"This annually held fair is free and open to the public so bring your friends and family. This year's theme is Prepare Today...Survive Tomorrow and attendees will be given an opportunity to learn more about what is needed in an emergency preparedness kit and preview emergency response training. The event is also attended by roughly 50 organizations, businesses and first responders who host their own booths and provide community residents with tools, information, and the chance to experience training first hand to help them better prepare their families for an emergency. In addition, there will also be entertainment, food booths, and free giveaways."

2016 Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair from the HWMO booth.

2016 Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair from the HWMO booth.

The event is organized by the Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee (Ewa EPC). 

"The Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee (Ewa EPC) is made up of local volunteers donating their time to work with the community to better prepare for an 'All Hazard Event' (i.e. natural disasters such as hurricanes or man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks). Their mission is to establish procedures for the community of Ewa Beach that are designed to organize, assist, educate, support, and train residents on how to prepare for, respond to, and assist in the recovery of an 'All Hazards Event.'"

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Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative Bocce Ball Tournament
Sep
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative Bocce Ball Tournament

Our long-time partners from Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative are having a benefit of their own and it will be a fun one for a very worthy cause!

"Please join us on Sunday, September 10th for a fun afternoon at Anna Ranch that will benefit the Waikoloa Dry Forest. Bocce players, beer drinkers, spectators, foodies and art lovers will all enjoy the event we have planned. Save the date for this event, check in for regular updates, and register your team now!"

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Oahu Workshop on Land Management and Technical Assistance
Jul
22
9:00am 9:00am

Oahu Workshop on Land Management and Technical Assistance

From our partners at West Oʻahu Soil and Water Conservation District:

"July 22 workshop on land management and technical assistance -- this will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waimea Valley. The workshop starts with a hike to Waimea Valley’s restoration site with conservation manager, Laurent Pool. He will share best practices for land management from his experience with the DLNR’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and Forest Stewardship Program. After hiking back down, strategize with specialists in conservation, forestry, technical assistance, etc. about how to best manage your land with the support of governmental and NGO programs. Register here: https://waimeavalleylandownerworkshop.eventbrite.com"

The workshop is limited to 30 persons, costs $15, and include lunch and coffee. For more information, contact: Michelle@WestOahuSWCD.org or 808.729.1676

AGENDA:

Meet at:  59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. Mauka side of parking lot. See website: http://www.waimeavalley.net/

9 a.m. - Introductions 

9:45 a.m. - Site visit of Waimea Valley with Conservation Specialist Laurent Poole - This includes a 45-minute hike to the Waimea Valley restoration site where we will debrief on programs such as Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and Forest Stewardship. The hike is easy/medium in difficulty and 1 hour 15 minutes roundtrip, approximately. Proper footwear and clothing/resources are recommended: sunscreen, close-toed shoes, hat/sun protection, foul weather gear, camera, etc.

12 p.m. - Lunch (included)

1 p.m. - Presentations from experts (10 minutes each)

-  Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Kawika Burgess

-  Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts, Puaonaona Stibbard

-  Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council, Stephanie Mock

-  Division of Forestry and Wildlife CREP and Forest Stewardship Programs, Malia Nanbara 

-  Natural Resource Conservation Service, Bernadette Luncsford

-  West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District, Michelle Gorham

2 p.m. - Talk story with the experts and get guidance on programs. Learn about and start the application process for the partner programs on-site!

2:45 p.m. - Wrap up

3 p.m. - Finish


Photo credit: West Oahu Soil & Conservation District

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Free Workshop & Field Trip: Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Assessment & Management
Jul
17
8:00am 8:00am

Free Workshop & Field Trip: Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Assessment & Management

  • Palehua Road Kapolei, HI, 96707 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Date: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Time: 8am - 4pm

Location: Palehua in Makakilo, O'ahu, Hawaii

Free Registration Here

Format: Morning workshop followed by afternoon field trip.

Details:

Join us to explore a rarely-seen part of the Waianae Mountains and to learn about wildfire planning and mitigation.

Wildfire impacts and shapes landscapes and ecosystems in dramatic ways and poses significant challenges to conservation in Hawaii. This place-based training is affiliated with the Hawaii Conservation Conference but does not require conference registration to participate.

  • Learn how climate, vegetation, and human activities create hazardous wildfire conditions
  • Learn how to apply and integrate fire-related resources and information through a problem-based learning exercise
  • Understand the challenges of integrating fire management and conservation objectives in the field.
  • Share your own experiences, ideas, and approaches to conservation as well as land and fire management."
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Webinar: Fire Prevention Education Teams
Jul
10
5:00am 5:00am

Webinar: Fire Prevention Education Teams

"You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: UGA - Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

Title: Fire Prevention Education Teams: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Appalachian Wildfires

What will you learn?

Fire Prevention Education Teams (FPET) work with state and local partners to reduce unwanted human-generated fires through various education and outreach activities. During the 2016 Appalachian wildfires, inter-agency FPETs successfully reached approximately 6.68 million people and saved an estimated $11 million through fire prevention efforts. This webinar highlights the methods and lessons learned from this effort. learn more here...

Presenters/Authors:

Paul Gellerstadt, Cooperative Fire, All-Hazard and Prevention Program Manager, US Forest Service, Southern Region
Terri Jenkins, Fire Management Specialist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge"

Session Details:

Jul 10, 2017 11:00 am US/Eastern     Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)

This webinar will be recorded and posted back to the Webinar Portal for on-demand viewing within a week. CEUs are available for on-demand webinars when applicable.

Who should participate?

Fire Professionals
Natural Resource Professionals
Educators
Extension
News/ Media

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Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races
Jul
4
9:00am 9:00am

Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races

HWMO will be selling tickets to the Firefighter Chili Cook-Off at this year's rodeo!

"Waimea, Island of Hawai‘i ~ Parker Ranch will celebrate its paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage at the 55th Annual Fourth of July Rodeo and Horse Races on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea.

While celebrating our nation’s independence, Parker Ranch paniolo, will be joined by other nearby ranches for a round-up of traditional rodeo events, including horse races, ranch mugging, team roping and more. These events will showcase the skills that have made Hawaiian paniolo famous throughout the world and which continue to keep the unique ranching lifestyle and culture alive in Hawai’i.

Gates open at 7:00 am and you can enjoy a variety of crafts and food from local businesses. There will also be activities for the kids, such as a petting zoo and pony rides. "

"Tickets for the July 4th event are available in advance for $7 or $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 808-885-7311 or visit www.parkerranch.com. The rodeo grounds are 37 miles by car from Kona International Airport and 57 miles from Hilo Airport on Highway 190."

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Hunt for the Forest: A Family Education Day & Hunting Tournament
Jun
17
10:00am10:00am

Hunt for the Forest: A Family Education Day & Hunting Tournament

Check out this exciting event that we will be hosting an information booth at on June 17!

"The east side of Hawaii Island, Puna district, has been the area hardest hit by Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a disease caused by a fungus new to science. ROD is killing ʻōhiʻa on the Big Island, where thousands of trees have died and more than 50,000 acres have been affected. Our native ʻōhiʻa forests are a beloved cultural and natural resource, and are the source of our fresh water. The devastating ROD disease will have impacts ranging from the land to the sea. To help raise awareness about ROD, the Grassroots Community Development Group, Bodacious Women of Pāhoa, Nanawale Community Association, the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, and Hawaii State Division of Forestry & Wildlife are collaborating to host Forest Roots, a joint family education day and hunting tournament in the heart of Puna. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Forest Roots will invite Big Island residents to learn about forest and ocean health and the threat of ROD through fun activities for all ages. There will be a hunting tournament, casting contest, forest and ocean educational activities, demonstrations, and informational booths.

Forest Roots will provide an invaluable educational and networking opportunity for all contributors and participants. We hope to convey the seriousness of ROD and share how Big Island residents can all help to spread awareness with each other and prevent the spread of this terrible disease within their communities."

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Climate Adaptation Workshop (Hawaii Island)
Jun
13
to Jun 14

Climate Adaptation Workshop (Hawaii Island)

HWMO participated in the workshops that took place in Honolulu on April 24-25. This is a great opportunity to not only learn about climate adaptation practices, but to share your input, especially if you can add your expertise on wildfires. Very well organized event, great people and connections, and delicious, healthy lunches...what more can you ask for?

"Workshop Goal: The goal of these two-day workshops is to gather natural and cultural resource managers and practitioners to discuss options for managing resources in the face of climate change, and improve understanding of how vulnerability and adaptation information can be integrated into management and planning. Participants will develop climate-informed adaptation strategies and actions for priority habitats and ecosystem services on each island, and will leave with a prioritized list of actions that can be integrated into current and future management activities across agencies and organizations.

Participants will examine climate change in the context of:

* Habitats (e.g., alpine/subalpine, mesic/wet forest, dry forest, coastal wetlands, shorelines, streams, seeps and springs);
* Ecosystem services (e.g., water supply and quality, flood and erosion control, cultural knowledge and heritage); and
* Conservation activities (e.g., invasive species control, watershed improvement, cultural resources and practices preservation, native and rare species conservation, coastal restoration, working lands management, and more!) 

Why you should attend:

Share your knowledge. Workshop activities and discussions will focus on developing climate adaptation strategies and actions to reduce vulnerabilities of priority habitats identified during the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Workshops. Find out what your colleagues and peers are doing and share your expertise in small and large breakout group discussions.

Create new and enhance existing partnerships with other local practitioners. Participation in this workshop can help shine a light on potential areas for improved collaboration and cooperation on climate adaptation efforts.

Be part of a process to prepare for climate change. What decision-making challenges are you currently facing? How might climate change affect the ability to meet your goals? What can be done to overcome climate-related challenges? Participants will work together to identify strategies and actions to improve resource management in a changing climate. 

Register: Each day of the workshop builds on the input and decisions of participants with an end goal of generating robust climate adaptation strategies and actions specific to each island's conservation community. To maximize workshop discussions and results, we request that you attend both days. Each workshop is tailored to island-specific vulnerability assessments and management activities; please register for the workshop associated with the island(s) on which you primarily work.

Kaua'i, June 5-6

Hawai'i, June 13-14

Questions? Contact Rachel M. Gregg at Rachel@EcoAdapt.org. "

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Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA) Symposium 2017
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA) Symposium 2017

Check out our presentation, "An Informed and Proactive Island Community Gives Us a (Fire)Fighting Chance," at this year's HEEA Symposium on June 9th at 11:30 a.m. 

Hawaiʻi Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA) is hosting our annual Environmental Education Symposium this summer within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park at the Kilauea Military Camp from June 8-10th, the first HEEA Symposium on Hawaiʻi Island. The event brings together formal and nonformal educators, environmental education practitioners, conservationists, and resource managers for three days of learning and networking.  It features workshops, concurrent sessions, field experiences, and a special plenary presentation by Dr. Chip Fletcher, Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Geology & Geophysics, UH Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Hawai'i Environmental Education in a Changing Climate,” and through a partnership with NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project, the symposium’s proceedings will share the latest tools, resources, and guidance on how to integrate the key themes of resiliency, stewardship, and meaningful action into formal and informal educational efforts. Furthermore, standards-based learning opportunities that highlight the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be shared.

There are over 30 compelling presentations from partners in environmental education. Join U’ilani Lima to learn about the Molokai Digital Bus program. Create connections to art and science with Anya Tagawa of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Learn to write better grant proposals with Jim Foley of NOAA. They and many others will help build environmental literacy and connections across disciplines.

The symposium’s sponsors include NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project, The Learning Coalition, the Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation, Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, United States Forest Service, Hawai'i Electric Light, Pacific Islands Climate Education Partnership, DuPont Pioneer, and the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation.

For more information on the symposium, please call (808) 283-1631 or email eesymposium@heea.org

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Rep. Gene Ward Town Hall Meeting
Jun
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rep. Gene Ward Town Hall Meeting

Credit: Malia Martin

Credit: Malia Martin

HWMO will be a guest speaker at the town hall meeting to share insight on the wildfire issues of Hawaii Kai and to provide action steps for homeowners and residents in the area.

"As of late our community is in the process of unfortunately experiencing an outbreak of fires and malicious vandalism in some areas of Hawaii Kai.

In order to combat this totally unacceptable behavior, while at the same time bringing our community together, a town hall meeting is slated for June 6th at 7pm at Hahaione Elementary and you might have already seen this announcement on the KITV 6 O'clock News last evening.

Law enforcement officers and first responders and pyro experts will be present to share observations and hypotheses and what the community can do about it." - Rep. Gene Ward

Photo Credit: Malia Martin

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Hawaii Kai Wildfire Safety Workshop
Jun
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hawaii Kai Wildfire Safety Workshop

Credit: Malia Martin

Credit: Malia Martin

"In recent weeks we have witnessed far too many fires in our community. As we approach summer the risk of property damage or loss of life is increasing. We are bringing in experts from Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization who have helped many communities on the Big Island mitigate their risk to fire damage. Help us plan and prepare our community to prevent the next wildfire.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Trevor OzawaStanley ChangSenator Laura Thielen, Representative Gene Ward."

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Climate Adaptation Workshop (Kauai)
Jun
5
to Jun 6

Climate Adaptation Workshop (Kauai)

HWMO participated in the workshops that took place in Honolulu on April 24-25. This is a great opportunity to not only learn about climate adaptation practices, but to share your input, especially if you can add your expertise on wildfires. Very well organized event, great people and connections, and delicious, healthy lunches...what more can you ask for?

"Workshop Goal: The goal of these two-day workshops is to gather natural and cultural resource managers and practitioners to discuss options for managing resources in the face of climate change, and improve understanding of how vulnerability and adaptation information can be integrated into management and planning. Participants will develop climate-informed adaptation strategies and actions for priority habitats and ecosystem services on each island, and will leave with a prioritized list of actions that can be integrated into current and future management activities across agencies and organizations.

Participants will examine climate change in the context of:

* Habitats (e.g., alpine/subalpine, mesic/wet forest, dry forest, coastal wetlands, shorelines, streams, seeps and springs);
* Ecosystem services (e.g., water supply and quality, flood and erosion control, cultural knowledge and heritage); and
* Conservation activities (e.g., invasive species control, watershed improvement, cultural resources and practices preservation, native and rare species conservation, coastal restoration, working lands management, and more!) 

Why you should attend:

Share your knowledge. Workshop activities and discussions will focus on developing climate adaptation strategies and actions to reduce vulnerabilities of priority habitats identified during the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Workshops. Find out what your colleagues and peers are doing and share your expertise in small and large breakout group discussions.

Create new and enhance existing partnerships with other local practitioners. Participation in this workshop can help shine a light on potential areas for improved collaboration and cooperation on climate adaptation efforts.

Be part of a process to prepare for climate change. What decision-making challenges are you currently facing? How might climate change affect the ability to meet your goals? What can be done to overcome climate-related challenges? Participants will work together to identify strategies and actions to improve resource management in a changing climate. 

Register: Each day of the workshop builds on the input and decisions of participants with an end goal of generating robust climate adaptation strategies and actions specific to each island's conservation community. To maximize workshop discussions and results, we request that you attend both days. Each workshop is tailored to island-specific vulnerability assessments and management activities; please register for the workshop associated with the island(s) on which you primarily work.

Kaua'i, June 5-6

Hawai'i, June 13-14

Questions? Contact Rachel M. Gregg at Rachel@EcoAdapt.org. "

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Oahu Landowner Acquisition and Easement Workshop
Jun
3
9:00am 9:00am

Oahu Landowner Acquisition and Easement Workshop

"Oʻahu landowners are invited to attend a Landowner Acquisition and Easement workshop on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palehua Ranch in Honouliuli.

Coordinated by West O‘ahu Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), HILT, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the workshop brings together a group of landowners, land managers, and resource experts to provide insights on the successes, challenges and opportunities of legacy planning, acquisitions and easements.

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) board member McD Philpotts will highlight the efforts taken to conserve, manage, and restore the nearly 3,000-acre estate to preserve the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i. Following a short hike exploring the site’s natural and cultural features, community non-governmental and governmental partners will introduce participants to strategies for land legacy planning.

“This is a great opportunity for landowners, farmers, and ranchers, here in Hawaii to learn about a variety of conservation options available to them and the financial benefits and incentives available to protect their lands and natural resources,” said Kawika Burgess, CEO of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.

“This workshop is a proactive, peer-to-peer approach to stewardship and land management.” notes Larry Jefts, West Oahu SWCD Chair. “We are honored to join our valued community partners and continue our work of helping land owners and land managers with soil and water conservation best practices since 1950.”

To view the agenda and register for the workshop (required) go to: https://oahujunelandownerassistance.eventbrite.com

Both workshops are limited to 30 persons, cost $15, and include lunch and coffee. For more information, contact: Michelle@WestOahuSWCD.org or 808.729.1676"

Photo credit: West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District

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Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Awareness and Readiness Fair
Jun
3
9:00am 9:00am

Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Awareness and Readiness Fair

We will be one of many informational booths at this year's Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Awareness and Readiness Fair at the Waiʻanae Mall on Saturday, June 3 (9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.). Come visit our booth for the latest information on how to prepare your home, family, and community for wildfire. Peak fire season is here, so it could not be a better time to be vigilant and ready! Thank you to Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Readiness Team for putting on the event and inviting us to join!

 

 

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ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop - Waianae
May
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop - Waianae

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) will show how proper landscaping techniques and home structure modifications can protect property from wildfires. HWMO will also share information on how to develop a clear and achievable family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire, and proper evacuation procedures. 

Great way to take part in Wildfire Preparedness Month -- join us at the Waianae Public Library and make sure to take photos and post to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #WildfireReadyHI for a chance to win cool prizes from HWMO, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Starbucks, Fairmont Orchid, and WaveWing surfing fins. 

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Puʻuwaʻawaʻa ʻOhana Day - Wildfire Preparedness Month
May
24
4:30pm 4:30pm

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa ʻOhana Day - Wildfire Preparedness Month

Photo Credit: DLNR DOFAW Napuʻu Conservation Project

Photo Credit: DLNR DOFAW Napuʻu Conservation Project

May is Wildfire Preparedness month!

Head to beautiful Puʻuawaʻawaʻa on Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., for a volunteer day and for a talk-story with Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization to learn more about the fire history and fire cycles of Puʻuwaʻawaʻa and wildfire prevention and awareness. 

To RSVP: napuuconservation@gmail.com
 

Last chance to join a volunteer event and to take photos to win prizes. Make sure to use the hashtag #WildfireReadyHI for any photos you take at the event!

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Puako Science Update
May
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Puako Science Update

There are many impacts that affect Puako's coastal health, including post-fire erosion and runoff. Learn more about Puako's current water quality and the science behind it from our friends from Coral Reef Alliance:


"When:  Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time:   3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Potluck to follow)

Where: Hokuloa Church

Presenters:  University of Hawaiʻi Hilo Dr. Tracy Wiegner and Dr. Steven Colbert - Watershed sampling, connectivity between various wastewater technologies and the shoreline, and updates regarding neighboring resorts.

Dr. Courtney Couch, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology / The Nature Conservancy - Update on microbial source tracking that looks for the presence of human-specific gut bacteria in coastal waters.

Potluck: Bring a dish to share as we talk story and enjoy a potluck following the presentations."

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Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Advisory Council Meeting
May
19
3:00pm 3:00pm

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Advisory Council Meeting

From our friends over at DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife:

"This will be a quarterly meeting to update the Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Advisory Council (PAC) on the current education, research, and management efforts in the Puʻuwaʻawaʻa ahupuaʻa, and to solicit advice and expertise on proposed management actions. 

Future Meeting Dates for 2017:
3)  August 25th
4)  November 17th

Meetings are open to the public and in 2017 they are all on Friday afternoons from 3-5 PM at the Pu'uwa'awa'a Forest Reserve Lake House. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in all PAC meetings, subcommittee meetings, and activities.

AGENDA for 5/19/17:

INTRODUCTIONS:  3:00 – 3:10 PM: Introductions of Pu`uwa`awa`a Advisory Council (PAC) members, agency staff, and visiting members of the public.  Attendance sheet will be sent around.  Meetings for the remainder of 2017, as decided at the last PAC meeting, are on August 25, and November 17.  All meetings are Friday afternoons, 3-5 PM at Pu`uwa`awa`a Forest Reserve in North Kona, at the Lake House.

MINUTES:  3:10 – 3:15 PM: Discussion and vote to amend and/or approve Meeting Minutes from previous PAC meetings as needed.

HAWAI‘I EXPERIMENTAL TROPICAL FOREST UPDATE:  3:15 – 3:30 PM: Update on HETF activities occurring within the Pu`uwa`awa`a unit of the Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest

NAHELEHELE PROJECT:  3:30 – 3:45 PM: “Ka'ahahui 'O Ka Nāhelehele’s mission is to advocate for the perpetuation of Hawaii’s dryland ecosystems, and the many often endangered plants, birds and insects that live within these communities” (from www.drylandforest.org).  They will share about a project in its early phases.

DRAFT RECREATION PLAN & NON-PROFIT QUESTIONS LETTER:  3:45 – 4:30 PM: The REV Subcommittee will present their updated Draft Recreation Management Plan and questions related to non-profit partnerships with DLNR to the PAC for discussion and/or approval to recommend it to DOFAW.

PWW UPDATE, SUBCOMMITTEE UPDATES, AND OTHER PAC BUSINESS:  4:30-5:00 PM: Pu`uwa`awa`a Management Update, Grazing Management Plan update, as well as updates from other subcommittees, or other PAC business as needed.  Time for questions, comments, or requests for future agenda items from the PAC and community. 

 

Contact Elliott Parsons; elliott.w.parsons@hawaii.gov, 808-333-0084 for questions and directions."

 

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Party for Wildfire Awareness
May
6
9:00am 9:00am

Party for Wildfire Awareness

Please share the lineup far and wide!

Please share the lineup far and wide!

ATTENTION: Venue has changed to Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area at the northwest end of Kuakini Highway!

* Wildfires are a frequent and significant hazard across Hawaii
* Wildfires impact drinking water, coral reefs, fisheries, recreations, traffic, native forests, and human lives, homes, safety, and health! These are under-publicized and need attention. Spread the word!
* Nearly all wildfires are started by people.
* Taking simple steps around your home, yard, and community can protect you and your family.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization invites you to join us in Kona for a Party for Wildfire Awareness in honor of Community Wildfire Preparedness Day. Come celebrate with the whole family at Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free County of Hawaii Fire Department fire truck demonstrations, capoeira and yoga classes, games for keiki, raffle prizes, and more. 

Confirmed classes and workshops:
* Yoga with Chelsea Morriss - Soul Happy Wellness
http://soulhappywellness.com/
* Capoeira Kids and Adults Class with Mario Hill + Roda/Performance -Capoeira Água de Beber - UCA - Hawaii
* Swing Dance with Melissa Kunz
* Native Plants Presentation with Hawaii Island Seed Bank
* Plant Pono Demo with Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) 
* Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance presentation

Press conference at 10:00am:
To launch a statewide wildfire campaign called Wildfire LOOKOUT! 
Speakers include: 
* Rep. Cindy Evans
* Chief Eric Moller, U.S. Army-Garrison, FES Fire Chief
* Elizabeth Pickett, HWMO
* Dan Dennison, DLNR Senior Communications Director

Confirmed information booths:
* County of Hawaii Fire Department
Hawaii Island Seed Bank
Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) Plant Pono
* Goat Petting Zoo with Big Island Goat Dozers
* Malama Kai Foundation
* Waʻa canoe display with Hualalai
* Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance

Confirmed Food Vendors:
* Just the Two of Us Chicken and Waffles
https://just2ofus.net/
* Cool Runnings Jamaican Food Truck

Confirmed raffle prizes:
* 2 $25 gift cards from Foster's Kitchen
* $25 gift card from Daylight Mind Coffee Company
* 4 12-ounce brewed signature coffee cards from Kona Haven Coffee
* Kaleo the Pueo T-shirts and hats from HWMO
* Free class card for 1 month of classes + capoeira t-shirt from Capoeira Água de Beber - UCA - Hawaii
* 5-class card for yoga with Chelsea Morriss - Soul Happy Wellness
* 6 3-packs of assorted products from Donkey Balls Chocolate
* 2 $50 gift cards for KTA Supermarkets from Hawaii Water Service Company


Stay tuned for more details including a detailed list of classes. Follow our Facebook page or join our e-newsletter: http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/contact/

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Community Wildfire Preparedness Day Photo Contest
May
6
to Jun 1

Community Wildfire Preparedness Day Photo Contest

Community Wildfire Preparedness Day is on Saturday, May 6! Why participate? 

  • Wildfires are a frequent and significant hazard across Hawaii
  • Wildfires impact drinking water, coral reefs, fisheries, recreations, traffic, native forests, and human lives, homes, safety, and health! These are under publicized and need attention. Spread the word!
  • Nearly all wildfires are started by people.
  • Taking simple steps around your home, yard, and community can protect you and your family.
Make sure to share the flyer and Facebook event page with your friends, family, and neighbors!

Make sure to share the flyer and Facebook event page with your friends, family, and neighbors!

Join people across the state to safeguard Hawaii’s families, homes, communities, and natural resources from wildfire. Do you part and earn prizes by submitting your photos or stories and earn prizes! Use #WildfireReadyHI on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter or e-mail admin@hawaiiwildfire.org. The three contest categories include:

  • Personal: Clean your yard or prepare your family!
  • Environment: Protect Hawaii’s natural resources at a Wildfire Prep Day outdoor volunteer event near you!
  • Community: Organize a neighborhood Firewise project or awareness effort!

    The contest will run all of May in honor of Wildfire Preparedness MonthWe will accept all submissions through social media and e-mail up until June 1st, 8 p.m. HAST.

Contest Prizes:

* Kaleo the Pueo t-shirts and hats
* WaveWing hydrofoil surfing fin
* One-night stay at Fairmont Orchid - Hawaii
* Starbucks gift bags (each with 1 lb. of coffee and a tumbler)
* Smokey gear from Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) Division of Forestry and Wildlife


Statewide Volunteer Events (open to all):

* OAHU: May 24 (6:30 pm) - ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop at Waianae Public Library (85-625 Farrington Hwy.)

* BIG ISLAND: May 27 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Monthly ʻOhana Day at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. To RSVP: napuuconservation@gmail.com

 

Statewide Volunteer Events (open to all) PAST:

* BIG ISLAND: May 6 (8 am - 12 pm) - Kohala Watershed Partnership - Invasive fountain grass and lantana removal (both of which increase wildfire risk and impede growth of native vegetation) at Koaiʻa Tree Sanctuary on Kohala Mountain

* OAHU: May 6 (8-11 am) - Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Hawaii State Parks - Kaʻena Community Wildfire Preparedness Day at Ka'ena State Park

* OAHU: May 11 (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) - O'ahu Army Natural Resources Program - Native Seed Planting and Weed Control at Pualiʻi (Waiʻanae mountains).  Must RSVP to outreach@oanrp.com by Sunday, May 7 with volunteer application. Limited spots available!

 



Community Volunteer Events (closed to residents only):

* HAWAII: May 6 - Honokoa Chipper Day

* HAWAII: May 6 - Waialea Clean-Up

* MAUI: May 6 - Waiohuli Chipper Day

Don't forget to post photos and stories to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #WildfireReadyHI (or e-mail your photos to admin@hawaiiwildfire.org) for a chance to win the prizes above!

 

Community Wildfire Preparedness Day Photo Contest Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1911083075831103/

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People's Climate Movement - Kailua-Kona
Apr
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

People's Climate Movement - Kailua-Kona

HWMO will have an educational booth at the People's Climate Movement in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, April 29 with information on wildfire impacts and how to prepare. We will be featuring our new infographic flyer on the impacts of climate change on wildfires in Hawaii. 

"Climate change is upon us, it is our global kuleana to be loving stewards. "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children".

We will gather at Hale Halawai Park at 2pm and embark on a march loop through downtown Kona ending back at Hale Halawai at 3pm for a rally featuring music, inspirational speakers, food, entertainment, action booths from local non-profits, and consciously minded vendors. 

Please check out our auspicious list of presenters and performers on our event poster in the discussion tab to get a taste of what's in store."

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National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop 2017
Apr
25
to Apr 27

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop 2017

"The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is a strategic push to work collaboratively among all stakeholders and across all landscapes, using best science, to make meaningful progress towards the three goals:

  1. Resilient Landscapes
  2. Fire Adapted Communities
  3. Safe and Effective Wildfire Response"

This year's workshop is in Reno, Nevada, from April 25-27. The theme is: All Hands, All Lands: Implementation Rooted in Science.

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Waimea Outdoor Circle Spring Plant Sale
Apr
8
9:00am 9:00am

Waimea Outdoor Circle Spring Plant Sale

Waimea Outdoor Circle is hosting a spring plant sale at the beautiful Ulu Laʻau Waimea Nature Park on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. HWMO will be there with an informational booth and activities for the kids.

Great opportunity to pick up some native Firewise plants for you or a friend's garden!

Parking is available behind Canada-France on Ahuli Circle.  

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Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Conference 2017
Mar
21
to Mar 23

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Conference 2017

  • Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino - Reno (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

HWMO celebrated receiving a Ready, Set, Go! award in 2016 with HFD fire chiefs and captains. (Credit -- Ready, Set, Go!)

We encourage all who are working to protect Hawaii’s forests, waters, and communities to join us in Reno for the annual Wildland Urban Interface conference in March. No other place will you find such an incredible group of people all working towards similar goals of protecting people and places along the wildland-urban borders across the U.S. than at the WUI Conference.

Banner photo credit: Ready, Set, Go!

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PRiMO Workshop: Wildland Fire Risk and Mitigation Strategies for Pacific Islands
Mar
20
8:00am 8:00am

PRiMO Workshop: Wildland Fire Risk and Mitigation Strategies for Pacific Islands

PFX and Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization will be hosting a new workshop as part of the PRiMO (Pacific Risk Management Ohana) Conference. Join us to learn about and discuss:

  • Drivers and impacts of fire occurrence on Pacific Islands
  • Current strategies and resources that target fire risk reduction 
  • Case studies in using these resources
  • Facilitated discussion on current needs and potential partnerships between fire-related projects and other natural disaster work in the Pacific.

About the Conference: The PRiMO conference is the premier venue for community leaders interested in protecting Pacific Island communities from natural hazards. Each March, hundreds of participants gather to make connections, learn from each other, discuss ongoing initiatives, and design action plans. This year’s conference theme is “Navigating Toward Security and Sustainability”. 

Registration for the workshop is free and open to the public! Please sign up by Friday, February 17th.

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Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop - Tutu's House
Mar
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop - Tutu's House

Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guide

Wildfires are a growing health and safety concern all across the state and have many impacts to our communities, businesses, infrastructure, watersheds, and cultural and nearshore resources. In preparation for peak fire season, HWMO will host a Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop at Tutu's House in Waimea on March 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Attendees will learn how to use proper landscaping techniques and home structure modifications to protect their property from wildfire and to work as a community towards the common goal of fire protection. HWMO will also share information on how to develop a clear and achievable family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire, and proper evacuation procedures. Each attendee will also receive a free copy of the Ready, Set, Go! Hawaii Wildland Fire Action Guide, that can be used as a step-by-step tool for carrying out the recommended actions. 

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11th Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium and PFX Field Tour
Feb
24
9:00am 9:00am

11th Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium and PFX Field Tour

On Friday, February 24, 2017 the eleventh anniversary of the annual Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium will highlight dryland forest ecology and restoration efforts in Hawai‘i. The Symposium brings together researchers and conservationists to share their ideas on how to preserve and restore Hawaii’s remaining dryland forests.

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Wiliwili Festival 2017
Jan
28
9:30am 9:30am

Wiliwili Festival 2017

Wiliwili Festival 2017 at the HWMO outreach booth. Credit: West Hawaii Today

Wiliwili Festival 2017 at the HWMO outreach booth. Credit: West Hawaii Today

"The Wiliwili Festival is back! Please join WDFI Saturday, Januray 28th in celebrating our native lowland dry forest and the beautiful wiliwili trees of Waikoloa. The festival is FREE from 9:30am-4pm at the Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village. The festival will offer educational workshops, tours, vendors, native plant sales, prizes, keiki activities, silent auction, great music, food and much more! Come and learn how you can help us to Plant Trees in your community forest; arrive early and you could take home a free native plant! We are planning a zero-waste event and hope that you can do your part in keeping our festival footprint small, please carpool, and if you opt to ride your bicycle you will receive a free t-shirt. For Wiliwili Festival updates please follow us on facebook and sign up for our mailing list! " - Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative

Come visit HWMO's booth to get the latest Kaleo the Pueo giveaways and learn about wildfire preparedness, native Firewise plants, and more!

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Clean Water for Reefs - Citizen Science and Community Cleanup Event
Jan
28
8:00am 8:00am

Clean Water for Reefs - Citizen Science and Community Cleanup Event

Coral Reef Alliance and Keep Puako Beautiful are teaming up with a group of other shoreline-protection partners for a morning of citizen scientist training and shoreline cleanup at Paniau on the South end of Puako Beach Drive. As an added bonus, Hawaii Surf and Kayak and Puako Dive Company are providing water gear and kayaks.

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Jan
16
10:00am10:00am

WEBINAR: How to Apply for a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Grant

"Have you wanted to host a community clean-up day and are short of cash to accomplish the work?  Learn how you and your community can apply for a $500 grant to work on a project that can make your community safer from loss due to wildfire.  State Farm and the National Fire Protection Association are teaming up for the fourth year in a row to provide grant funding for project work on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 6th, 2017.  The webinar will provide information about how to apply for the grant, some safety tips, and some information about the free assets and resources available to your community to help you promote your event."

Register today for this free 45-minute webinar on January 16th 2017 at 10 a.m. HAST to learn about how you can apply for this grant funding to help your community be more resilient from loss due to wildfire.

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