HAWAII ISLAND: 8th Annual Wiliwili Festival
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

HAWAII ISLAND: 8th Annual Wiliwili Festival

“The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will be hosting the 8th annual Wiliwili Festival Saturday, February 9th from 9am-3pm at the Waikoloa Stables. The Wiliwili Festival is a fun, free educational event for all ages and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique environment of our island. This year we’ll be offering guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, on-site workshops, educational talks, music, food, vendors, and a silent auction. Join us and celebrate our island’s beloved wiliwili trees!”

HWMO will be there! Come swing by our table for keiki activities and wildfire readiness information!

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OAHU: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop
Feb
19
9:00 AM09:00

OAHU: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop

Join the broader community of Oahu professionals dealing with wildfire threats and impacts for a facilitated conversation about next step hazard reduction priorities and projects.

With every large fire, we lose more of our native forests and threaten the health of our nearshore areas. Nearshore water quality is greatly reduced due to pollution and runoff from post-fire erosion, impacting human health and smothering our precious coral reefs. Homes, businesses, livelihoods, and infrastructure are also threatened by wildfires.

It does not have to be this way. Wildfires are a people problem -- 99% of wildfires are started by people. It is also a vegetation problem. By preventing ignitions and reducing flammable vegetation across landscapes, we can dramatically lessen the spread of destructive wildfires and thus protect the people and places we care about most.

For the past several months, HWMO has met with dozens of agency and non-governmental landowners and land managers on Oahu and across the state to map activities that reduce or manage vegetative fuels, such as roadside mowing, fuelbreaks, strategic grazing, clearing around structures or power poles, brush abatement or thinning, tree trimming, reforestation, agricultural production, etc. The purpose of the project is: 1) to develop maps and information that will enable the broader community of residents and professionals living and working in fire-prone areas in Hawaii collectively prioritize next steps for vegetative fuels management, and 2) to enhance project coordination between organizations and make use of funding opportunities toward optimal wildfire protection.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a non-profit organization based in Waimea on Hawaii Island that serves as a hub for collaborative wildfire protection efforts statewide. With your participation at this FREE workshop on FEBRUARY 19, you will join a vibrant group of first responders, land managers, planners, community members, and more to prioritize future collaborative wildfire risk reduction projects on Oahu. All are invited to this workshop -- we all play an important role in protecting our communities, lands, and waters from the growing threat of wildfires. Thank you to all of the landowners and managers who have contributed to this project thus far! 

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Oahu Vegetative Fuels Management Action Planning Workshop Logistics:
    •    Register using the Eventbrite page button below

Location TBD - stay tuned for updates.

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KAUAI: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

KAUAI: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop

Join the broader community of Kauai professionals dealing with wildfire threats and impacts for a facilitated conversation about next step hazard reduction priorities and projects.

With every large fire, we lose more of our native forests and threaten the health of our nearshore areas. Nearshore water quality is greatly reduced due to pollution and runoff from post-fire erosion, impacting human health and smothering our precious coral reefs. Homes, businesses, livelihoods, and infrastructure are also threatened by wildfires.

It does not have to be this way. Wildfires are a people problem -- 99% of wildfires are started by people. It is also a vegetation problem. By preventing ignitions and reducing flammable vegetation across landscapes, we can dramatically lessen the spread of destructive wildfires and thus protect the people and places we care about most.

For the past several months, HWMO has met with dozens of agency and non-governmental landowners and land managers on Kauai and across the state to map activities that reduce or manage vegetative fuels, such as roadside mowing, fuelbreaks, strategic grazing, clearing around structures or power poles, brush abatement or thinning, tree trimming, reforestation, agricultural production, etc. The purpose of the project is: 1) to develop maps and information that will enable the broader community of residents and professionals living and working in fire-prone areas in Hawaii collectively prioritize next steps for vegetative fuels management, and 2) to enhance project coordination between organizations and make use of funding opportunities toward optimal wildfire protection.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a non-profit organization based in Waimea on Hawaii Island that serves as a hub for collaborative wildfire protection efforts statewide. With your participation at this FREE workshop on February 21, you will join a vibrant group of first responders, land managers, planners, community members, and more to prioritize future collaborative wildfire risk reduction projects on Kauai. All are invited to this workshop -- we all play an important role in protecting our communities, lands, and waters from the growing threat of wildfires. Thank you to all of the landowners and managers who have contributed to this project thus far! 

Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Meeting_2018_9_27_7_Mapping exercise underway.jpeg
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Kauai Vegetative Fuels Management Action Planning Workshop Logistics:
    •    Register using the Eventbrite page button below

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HAWAII ISLAND: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop 1
Feb
22
9:00 AM09:00

HAWAII ISLAND: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop 1

Join the broader community of Hawaii Island professionals dealing with wildfire threats and impacts for a facilitated conversation about next step hazard reduction priorities and projects.

With every large fire, we lose more of our native forests and threaten the health of our nearshore areas. Nearshore water quality is greatly reduced due to pollution and runoff from post-fire erosion, impacting human health and smothering our precious coral reefs. Homes, businesses, livelihoods, and infrastructure are also threatened by wildfires.

It does not have to be this way. Wildfires are a people problem -- 99% of wildfires are started by people. It is also a vegetation problem. By preventing ignitions and reducing flammable vegetation across landscapes, we can dramatically lessen the spread of destructive wildfires and thus protect the people and places we care about most.

For the past several months, HWMO has met with dozens of agency and non-governmental landowners and land managers on Hawaii Island and across the state to map activities that reduce or manage vegetative fuels, such as roadside mowing, fuelbreaks, strategic grazing, clearing around structures or power poles, brush abatement or thinning, tree trimming, reforestation, agricultural production, etc. The purpose of the project is: 1) to develop maps and information that will enable the broader community of residents and professionals living and working in fire-prone areas in Hawaii collectively prioritize next steps for vegetative fuels management, and 2) to enhance project coordination between organizations and make use of funding opportunities toward optimal wildfire protection.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a non-profit organization based in Waimea on Hawaii Island that serves as a hub for collaborative wildfire protection efforts statewide. With your participation at this FREE workshop on FEBRUARY 22, you will join a vibrant group of first responders, land managers, planners, community members, and more to prioritize future collaborative wildfire risk reduction projects on Hawaii Island. All are invited to this workshop -- we all play an important role in protecting our communities, lands, and waters from the growing threat of wildfires. Thank you to all of the landowners and managers who have contributed to this project thus far! 

Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Meeting_2018_9_27_7_Mapping exercise underway.jpeg
Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Meeting_2018_9_27_18_Outlining areas for protection.jpeg

Hawaii Island Vegetative Fuels Management Action Planning Workshop Logistics:
    •    Register using the Eventbrite page button below

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HAWAII ISLAND: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop 2
Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

HAWAII ISLAND: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop 2

Join the broader community of Hawaii Island professionals dealing with wildfire threats and impacts for a facilitated conversation about next step hazard reduction priorities and projects.

With every large fire, we lose more of our native forests and threaten the health of our nearshore areas. Nearshore water quality is greatly reduced due to pollution and runoff from post-fire erosion, impacting human health and smothering our precious coral reefs. Homes, businesses, livelihoods, and infrastructure are also threatened by wildfires.

It does not have to be this way. Wildfires are a people problem -- 99% of wildfires are started by people. It is also a vegetation problem. By preventing ignitions and reducing flammable vegetation across landscapes, we can dramatically lessen the spread of destructive wildfires and thus protect the people and places we care about most.

For the past several months, HWMO has met with dozens of agency and non-governmental landowners and land managers on Hawaii Island and across the state to map activities that reduce or manage vegetative fuels, such as roadside mowing, fuelbreaks, strategic grazing, clearing around structures or power poles, brush abatement or thinning, tree trimming, reforestation, agricultural production, etc. The purpose of the project is: 1) to develop maps and information that will enable the broader community of residents and professionals living and working in fire-prone areas in Hawaii collectively prioritize next steps for vegetative fuels management, and 2) to enhance project coordination between organizations and make use of funding opportunities toward optimal wildfire protection.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a non-profit organization based in Waimea on Hawaii Island that serves as a hub for collaborative wildfire protection efforts statewide. With your participation at this FREE workshop on FEBRUARY 26, you will join a vibrant group of first responders, land managers, planners, community members, and more to prioritize future collaborative wildfire risk reduction projects on Hawaii Island. All are invited to this workshop -- we all play an important role in protecting our communities, lands, and waters from the growing threat of wildfires. Thank you to all of the landowners and managers who have contributed to this project thus far! 

Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Meeting_2018_9_27_7_Mapping exercise underway.jpeg
Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Meeting_2018_9_27_18_Outlining areas for protection.jpeg

Hawaii Island Vegetative Fuels Management Action Planning Workshop Logistics:
    •    Register using the Eventbrite page button below

LOCATION TBD

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13th Annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium
Mar
27
9:00 AM09:00

13th Annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium

“The 13th annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium will be Wednesday, March 27th, at the ‘Imiloa center in Hilo!  Join us for another year of interesting talks and great networking. The registration fee of $75 ($40 students) will include lunch by ‘Imiloa.  

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Powers from the University of Minnesota. An avid researcher of tropical dry forests in Costa Rica since 1994, Powers researches the relationships among ecological processes, the patterns they generate, and the effects of anthropogenic environmental changes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. She will help set the stage for our theme that emphasizes setting and achieving realistic goals for dry forest restoration in our uncertain era of climate change, competitive funding, diverse community priorities, and related green infrastructure initiatives. Dr. Tamara Ticktin of UH-Manoa will follow with environmental, cultural and management tradeoffs in forest restoration and collaboratively developing successful hybrid restoration approaches. Jen Lawson of Waikoloa Dry Forest will provide information on their unique approach emphasizing community involvement. The full speaker line-up is still in development, but several other talks will also focus on using novel approaches to achieve dry forest conservation. There will also be a speed session with exhilarating 5-minute highlight updates from many dry forest restoration sites. We will also hear from Dr. Patrick Hart of UH-Hilo Biology on his exciting discoveries in acoustic ecology in Hawai‘i and other areas. 

There will be a poster session outside the ‘Imiloa auditorium during lunch, but space is limited so priority will be given to posters that support this year’s theme.  Contact Ron Terry (rterry@hawaii.rr.com) if you would like to present information about your group, activity or research project. 

There will be one field trip the day before (Tuesday, Prince Kuhio Day) to an area of dry/mesic forest of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Full details will be announced later. “

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

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The annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is coming up in May. It’s not too early to start spreading the word!

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national day of community action towards wildfire readiness and risk reduction. “Since the inception of National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, NFPA and State Farm have partnered together to give communities an opportunity to apply for $500 to fund their wildfire risk reduction activities. Check back in January for the 2019 application. See the 150 winners from 2018.

"We had a very busy May 6 fire fuel reduction project. Approx. 6 tons of dry trees, grasses, shrubs, etc were removed and mulched to be used along the borders to further reduce our fire risks. We are very grateful for the funding that allowed us to make our community a more fire resistant and safer place to live."
Diane "Maka'ala" Kanealii, Executive Director, Kailapa Community Association

Banner photo: Kamilonui Valley-Mariner’s Cove Wildfire Prep Day 2018, Credit: Livable Hawaii Kai Hui

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26th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference
Jul
9
to Jul 11

26th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

  • Hawaii Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Save the Date! Hawaii Conservation Conference for 2019 will be from July 9 to 11. This year’s theme is He ʻaʻaliʻi ku makani au: Resilience in the Face of Change.

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students and community members from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It’s a time to connect, share and inspire, all with the common goal of caring for our natural resources.”

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HAWAII ISLAND: New Year’s Firewise Communities Potluck and ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop
Jan
14
5:30 PM17:30

HAWAII ISLAND: New Year’s Firewise Communities Potluck and ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop

Click above to enlarge or download the flyer as a PDF below.

Click above to enlarge or download the flyer as a PDF below.

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 an unusually busy January through March for wildfires due to predicted El Niño-related drought conditions, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, is hosting this free and family-friendly educational “ReadySetGo!” Wildfire Preparedness Workshop.

Learn how to use proper landscaping techniques and home structure modifications to protect your family and property from wildfire and to work as a community towards the common goal of fire protection. If you join the workshop and are from a nationally-recognized Firewise Community, your time at the workshop can be counted as volunteer hours towards your community’s wildfire risk reduction investment requirement.

HWMO will also share information on how to develop a clear, 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 ReadySetGo! Hawaii Wildland Fire Action Guide, which can be used as a step-by-step tool for carrying out the recommended actions.

As an added bonus and opportunity to meet other proactive community members, HWMO will be hosting a make-your-own-taco potluck for attendees during the event. HWMO will provide tortillas, meat, guacamole, and salsa. Please bring your favorite taco toppings (beans, rice, grilled veggies, cheese, or tomatoes), non-alcoholic beverage, or a creative dish to fit the taco theme.

Delicious food to go along with sharing ideas/updates/partnering opportunities for 2019 to better protect our communities from wildfire? Definitely worth joining us for!

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HAWAII ISLAND: Kipuka Oweowe Ohana Day of 2019
Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

HAWAII ISLAND: Kipuka Oweowe Ohana Day of 2019

View of Hualalai from Puuwaawaa

View of Hualalai from Puuwaawaa

“We'll be outplanting and trail building if there is time!!

WHEN

Saturday, January 5, 2019
9-12 p.m. 

Feel free to pass along this invitation to anyone else who may be interested!

The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the hiker check-in station and end at 12:00 p.m., with an optional potluck to follow. For those interested, there will be an opportunity to explore Kīpuka ʻowēʻowē, learn more about native plants, or just talk-story after lunch!

SCHEDULE

9:00   Meet at Hiker Check-in: Introduction to Place

9:30   Head to Kīpuka ʻowēʻowē

9:45   Work orientation

10:00  Hana!! Work together doing assigned tasks while enjoying each others company and taking mandatory water breaks!

12:00  Optional Potluck Lunch: Talk-story and get to know one another.  

2:00   A hui hou!

You are welcome to stay for our family-style potluck, but you are free to leave at anytime!

WHAT

We’ll learn about Place at the hiker check-in station. We’ll then head to Kīpuka ʻowēʻowē where we will dive into either outplanting,  trail building, or hand watering. After we pau hana, we’ll enjoy a nice potluck lunch. You then have the opportunity to explore Kīpuka ʻowēʻowē or just talk-story after lunch!

**Terrain is uneven with overgrown vegetation. Weather can be hot and sunny or cold and rainy. The last bathroom stop will be at the hiker check-in**

Work is EXHILARATING and REWARDING!!!
 

RSVP

Please email (napuuconservation@gmail.com) or call (808) 209-0596

BRING

Lunch to share for a potluck!

Plenty of water: multiple bottles please!

Sun protection

Rain gear

Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (closed-toe) are required

Mahalo nui for your support of the

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Forest Reserve!

E aloha ʻāina kākou!”

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OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Leeward Oahu)
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Leeward Oahu)

  • Kapolei Hale - Conference Rooms A & B (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Councilmember Ron Menor and the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency invite you to the Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Central O‘ahu) on Wednesday, December 12, 7:00pm at the Mililani High School Cafeteria.

Hurricane Lane and Olivia show that climate change is already having profound impacts on O‘ahu and we need to chart a new path.

What is your vision for a resilient, fossil fuel free future for our island?

We invite you to learn about O‘ahu's first climate action plan, engage in a "game" that helps kick-start a discussion about how best to cut our emissions, and chart the next steps for our island.

Join us!

This meeting is one of several community meetings that will be held in local neighborhoods across O‘ahu. For more information on a meeting that may be closer to your neighborhood, visit our calendar at www.resilientoahu.org/calendar.”

Banner Photo Credit: Dr. Clay Trauernicht

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OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Central Oahu)
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Central Oahu)

“Councilmember Ron Menor and the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency invite you to the Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Central O‘ahu) on Wednesday, December 12, 7:00pm at the Mililani High School Cafeteria.

Hurricane Lane and Olivia show that climate change is already having profound impacts on O‘ahu and we need to chart a new path.

What is your vision for a resilient, fossil fuel free future for our island?

We invite you to learn about O‘ahu's first climate action plan, engage in a "game" that helps kick-start a discussion about how best to cut our emissions, and chart the next steps for our island.

Join us!

This meeting is one of several community meetings that will be held in local neighborhoods across O‘ahu. For more information on a meeting that may be closer to your neighborhood, visit our calendar at www.resilientoahu.org/calendar.”

Banner Photo: Credit Hawaii News Now

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KAUAI: Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association - 40th Annual Training and Business Meeting
Nov
15
to Nov 18

KAUAI: Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association - 40th Annual Training and Business Meeting

  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“The 2018 HFCA Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa, Koloa, Hawai’i, hosted by the Kaua’i Fire Department.

Our conference theme this year is ‘Ka Wehe Ana O Ke ‘which means ‘Opening a Pathway to Dawn, Transcending Tradition towards a New Frontier’”

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OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (North Shore)
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (North Shore)

  • Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Council Chair Ernie Martin and the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency invite you to the Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (North Shore) on Thursday, November 8, 7:00pm at the Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria.

Hurricane Lane and Olivia show that climate change is already having profound impacts on Oahu and we need to chart a new path.

What is your vision for a resilient, fossil fuel free future for our island?

We invite you to learn about Oahu's first climate action plan, engage in a "game" that helps kick-start a discussion about how best to cut our emissions, and chart the next steps for our island.

Join us!

This meeting is one of several community meetings that will be held in local neighborhoods across Oahu. For more information on a meeting that may be closer to your neighborhood, visit our calendar at www.resilientoahu.org/calendar. “

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OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Blaisdell)
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Blaisdell)

  • Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Councilmembers Carol Fukunaga & Ann Kobayashi and the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency invite you to the Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (Blaisdell) on Monday, October 29, 6:00pm at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites.

Hurricane Lane and Olivia show that climate change is already having profound impacts on Oahu and we need to chart a new path.

What is your vision for a resilient, fossil fuel free future for our island?

We invite you to learn about Oahu's first climate action plan, engage in a "game" that helps kick-start a discussion about how best to cut our emissions, and chart the next steps for our island.

Join us!

This meeting is one of several community meetings that will be held in local neighborhoods across Oahu. For more information on a meeting that may be closer to your neighborhood, visit our calendar at www.resilientoahu.org/calendar. “

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OAHU: Be Ready Manoa Disaster Preparedness Fair
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

OAHU: Be Ready Manoa Disaster Preparedness Fair

Be Ready Manoa, a not for profit organization whose primary purpose is to educate and prepare our residents for disasters, is hosting the disaster preparedness fair open to the public. It’s FREE! Swing by to learn how to prepare for various types of disaster scenarios, including for wildfires. HWMO materials will be available at the event.

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OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (East Honolulu)
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

OAHU: Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (East Honolulu)

“Councilmember Trevor Ozawa and the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency invite you to the Climate Action Plan Public Meeting Series (East Honolulu) on Wednesday, October 17, 7:00pm at the Hawaii Kai Public Library.

Hurricanes Lane and Olivia show that climate change is already having profound impacts on Oahu and we need to chart a new path.

What is your vision for a resilient, fossil fuel free future for our island?

We invite you to learn about Oahu's first climate action plan, engage in a "game" that helps kick-start a discussion about how best to cut our emissions, and chart the next steps for our island.

Join us!

This meeting is one of several community meetings that will be held in local neighborhoods across Oahu. For more information on a meeting that may be closer to your neighborhood, visit our calendar at www.resilientoahu.org/calendar. “

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NFPA Webinar: Wildfires and Insurance - Learn How to Be Financially Prepared
Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

NFPA Webinar: Wildfires and Insurance - Learn How to Be Financially Prepared

Presenters: Kenton Brine, Northwest Insurance Council, Janet Ruiz, Insurance Information Institute, Carole Walker, Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

The 2018 Fire Prevention Week theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fires can happen anywhere." As part of this year’s annual campaign, a panel of insurance experts will share important homeowners insurance information, along with details on what to expect while navigating the post-fire claim process during an October 10 webinar. The panel will provide helpful insights in addition to a live 15-minute question and answer session.  

Who will benefit: Residents (homeowners and renters) living in wildfire prone areas; and fire and life safety educators.

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Waikoloa Village Association Firewise Community Roundtable Forum
Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

Waikoloa Village Association Firewise Community Roundtable Forum

Aerial imagery of the 2018 Waikoloa Fire.

Aerial imagery of the 2018 Waikoloa Fire.

The Waikoloa Village Association (WVA) Fire Management Action Committee is hosting a Community Firewise Forum on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Waikoloa School starting at 5:30 PM. 

Confirmed roundtable attendees will include representatives from Hawaii Fire and Police Departments, U.S. Army-Garrison Pohakuloa, County Civil Defense, Hawaii Water Service, Waikoloa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), County Council Representatives, WVA, and Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO)

We will share lessons learned from the August fire that burned over 18,000 acres in Waikoloa: what worked, what did not and what could be improved upon. In addition, ample time will be provided for audience questions and answers.

The recent fire will go down as the 2nd largest in Hawaii's modern history, falling short of the 25,000 acre fire in 2005 that burned to the very edge of Waikoloa Village, forcing evacuation of 75 % of the town's 6,500 residents. Coincidentally, the 2005 fire was also August 1st, 18 years to date, of our most recent fire.

Waikoloa Village, with HWMO’s assistance, has been a nationally-recognized Firewise Community since 2016, one of eight on Hawaii Island. The Firewise Communities Recognition Program is a nationwide program that recognizes communities for their efforts towards reducing the loss of lives, properties, and resources to wildfire. The Firewise Communities approach emphasizes ongoing and active community involvement in wildfire safety.

This meeting is an opportunity to join Waikoloa Village’s grassroots, collaborative effort to protect the community from the growing wildfire threats in the area.

 

For questions about the event, call 408-332-7543 or email mark.gordon333@gmail.com

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Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop
Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop

  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Alexa Higashi Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the broader community of Maui professionals dealing with wildfire threats and impacts for a facilitated conversation about next step hazard reduction priorities and projects.

As you may know, this summer has been a very busy and destructive period of our year-long wildfire season on Maui and across the Hawaiian Islands. This year alone, Hawaiʻi is on par with California in terms of the percentage of land area that has burned in 2018 (approximately 0.8% of the land area statewide according to Dr. Clay Trauernicht from University of Hawaiʻi CTAHR Cooperative Extension and Pacific Fire Exchange). The Lahaina fires during Hurricane Lane's approach in August 2018 caused extensive damage and loss to people's homes and impacted the livelihoods of many. With every large fire, we lose more of our native forests and threaten the health of our nearshore areas. Nearshore water quality is greatly reduced due to pollution and runoff from post-fire erosion, impacting human health and smothering our precious coral reefs.

It does not have to be this way. Wildfires are a people problem -- 99% of wildfires are started by people. It is also a vegetation problem. By preventing ignitions and reducing flammable vegetation across landscapes, we can dramatically lessen the spread of destructive wildfires and thus protect the people and places we care about most.

For the past several months, HWMO has met with dozens of agency and non-governmental landowners and land managers on Maui and across the state to map activities that reduce or manage vegetative fuels, such as roadside mowing, fuelbreaks, strategic grazing, clearing around structures or power poles, brush abatement or thinning, tree trimming, reforestation, agricultural production, etc. The purpose of the project is: 1) to develop maps and information that will enable the broader community of residents and professionals living and working in fire-prone areas in Hawaii collectively prioritize next steps for vegetative fuels management, and 2) to enhance project coordination between organizations and make use of funding opportunities toward optimal wildfire protection.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a non-profit organization based in Waimea on Hawaii Island that serves as a hub for collaborative wildfire protection efforts statewide. With your participation at this FREE workshop on September 27th, you will join a vibrant group of first responders, land managers, planners, community members, and more to prioritize future collaborative wildfire risk reduction projects on Maui. All are invited to this workshop -- we all play an important role in protecting our communities, lands, and waters from the growing threat of wildfires. Thank you to all of the landowners and managers who have contributed to this project thus far! 

Maui Vegetative Fuels Management Action Planning Workshop Logistics:
    •    Register using the Eventbrite page button below
    •    Outside food and beverage are not allowed inside the building. Water will be available.

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2nd Annual Waimea PrepareAthon
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

2nd Annual Waimea PrepareAthon

"The 2nd Annual Waimea PrepareAthon is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mana Christian Ohana.

This emergency preparedness fair that is part of the FEMA PrepareAthon program.

This is a free, fun, family community event. No alcohol and no smoking.

Emergency preparation is the focus and we have government agencies, companies and individuals who are passionate about preparing for disasters, and helping to make households and individuals more prepared to handle the unexpected.

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Waikoloa Village Wildfire Roundtable
Aug
22
2:00 PM14:00

Waikoloa Village Wildfire Roundtable

Hear from HWMO and Civil Defense, HFD, CERT, PTA and other agencies and organizations at a roundtable event to discuss the recent Waikoloa Fire that burned over 18,000 acres. Also, learn to how to prepare yourself and your homes for future wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters.  If you have suggestions, questions or comments for the Waikoloa Village Fire Management Committee, feel free to contact the Chair Mark Gordon at mgordon333@outlook.com.

Satellite image screenshot - courtesy of Dr. Clay Trauernicht, Pacific Fire Exchange

Satellite image screenshot - courtesy of Dr. Clay Trauernicht, Pacific Fire Exchange

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Puuwaawaa Cinder Cone Project Volunteer Day
Jul
18
8:15 AM08:15

Puuwaawaa Cinder Cone Project Volunteer Day

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Napuu Conservation Project:

"Hū aʻe ka uahi, paukaʻa i na kamaʻāina

As the smoke billows, the natives are completely consumed.
Fire threatens native ecosystems and if not prevented could destroy such ecosystems forever. - The Hawaiian Dryland Forest Education Guide

We are in summer season, and with that we must embrace the sun and heat that comes along with it. During these hot times, it's extremely important that we prevent forest fires, which is the #1 RISK to the dryland forest. 

Join us Wednesday 7/18 for our monthly volunteer day. We'll be working on fencing the pu'u for the community Pu'u Project. Details and RSVP below.

WHEN
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Feel free to pass along this invitation to anyone else who may be interested!

The day will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Hicker check-in station and end by 3:30 p.m.

8:15   Meet at Hiker Check-in: Introduction to Place
8:30   Head to the puʻu
8:45   Work orientation. Hana!! 
12:00  Optional Potluck Lunch.
If you would like to participate, please bring a dish to share for our family-style potluck. Plates, silverware, etc. will be provided.

12:45  Continue to fence, etc. 
3:00 pm   Pau hana, put away all tools
3:30 pm   A hui hou kākou! 

WHAT
We will be fencing an exclosure on the puʻu, for a community puʻu project.

**Terrain is uneven with over grown vegetation. Weather can be hot and sunny or cold and rainy. The last bathroom stop will be at the hiker check-in**

Work is EXHILARATING and REWARDING!!!

Where
Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Cinder Cone

RSVP
Please email (napuuconservation@gmail.com) or call (808) 209-0596 to RSVP. 

BRING
Lunch to share for a potluck!
Plenty of water: multiple bottles please!
Sun protection
Rain gear
Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (closed-toe)are required

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Waiulaula Stream Restoration Project Community Event
Jul
14
12:00 PM12:00

Waiulaula Stream Restoration Project Community Event

The University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program invites you to a community showcase of their Waiulaula Stream Restoration Project.

Come to learn about their efforts to control erosion and polluted runoff at three sites in Waimea and enjoy some light pupus and beverages.

Contact Christopher Hawkins, Project Coordinator, with any questions Chris.Hawkins@CoastlinesGroup.org 

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Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays (Humans and Erosion in Hawaii)
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays (Humans and Erosion in Hawaii)

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Join our friends from South Kohala Coastal Partnership for the Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays summer series. Come learn, meet conservation professionals, and become an informed and active member of the conservation community, whether you are a long-time environmental advocate or are new to the scene. 

This month will feature Corina Cerovski-Darriau and John Stock from USGS, who are giving a talk titled: The Last Land: How Humans Changed Erosion in Hawai'i. John and Corina have been monitoring and mapping erosion in the Pelekane Watershed (as well as elsewhere throughout the State) for several years, and we are excited to invite them to share their work with the community.

The event is free and open to the public. Daylight Mind has extended their happy hour menu during these monthly talks!

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MAUI: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop - Pukalani June 29
Jun
29
7:30 AM07:30

MAUI: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop - Pukalani June 29

Register for FREE for Hawaii Wildfire’s upcoming Collaborative Vegetative Fuels Management Mapping Workshop.

Your participation in this workshop alongside fellow stewards Maui will go a long way towards identifying key areas for managing wildfire hazards, which will improve collaborative and funding capacity for fuels treatment projects on Maui and the rest of the state.

There will be two workshops on back-to-back days in late June to choose from — you may participate in either one according to your availability. If this June 29 date does not work for you, the other workshop will be:

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 4:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Keopuolani Hale, Kamehameha Schools Campus, 275 Aapueo Pkwy., Pukalani, HI 96768

To RSVP for the other workshop: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegetative-fuels-management-mapping-workshop-pukalani-june-28-tickets-46596792260

Who should attend?

We request your participation if you are familiar with the locations of current vegetation management activities and the details of those projects on Maui.

Some examples of vegetative fuels management activities:

·      Firebreaks and access roads, etc.
·      Fuel reduction activities such as fuel breaks, grazing, thinning, etc.
·      Fuels or type conversion from high fire risk to lower fire risk such as shaded/living fuel breaks, native restoration projects, or transitioning to managed agriculture, etc.

No need to be tech-savvy. At the mapping workshop, Hawaii Wildfire staff will be available to walk you through the mapping process and you'll learn how to map your vegetative fuels management activities using GIS, digital mapping.

We hope you can meet us there and contribute to this valuable and landmark effort for wildfire protection planning!

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MAUI: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop - Pukalani June 28
Jun
28
4:00 PM16:00

MAUI: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop - Pukalani June 28

Register for FREE for Hawaii Wildfire’s upcoming Collaborative Vegetative Fuels Management Mapping Workshop.

Your participation in this workshop alongside fellow stewards Maui will go a long way towards identifying key areas for managing wildfire hazards, which will improve collaborative and funding capacity for fuels treatment projects on Maui and the rest of the state.

If this June 28 date does not work for you, the other workshop will be:

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Keopuolani Hale, Kamehameha Schools Campus, 275 Aapueo Pkwy., Pukalani, HI 96768
To RSVP for the other workshop: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegetative-fuels-management-mapping-workshop-pukalani-june-29-tickets-46596834386

Who should attend?

We request your participation if you are familiar with the locations of current vegetation management activities and the details of those projects on Maui.

Some examples of vegetative fuels management activities:

·      Firebreaks and access roads, etc.
·      Fuel reduction activities such as fuel breaks, grazing, thinning, etc.
·      Fuels or type conversion from high fire risk to lower fire risk such as shaded/living fuel breaks, native restoration projects, or transitioning to managed agriculture, etc.

No need to be tech-savvy. At the mapping workshop, Hawaii Wildfire staff will be available to walk you through the mapping process and you'll learn how to map your vegetative fuels management activities using GIS, digital mapping.

We hope you can meet us there and contribute to this valuable and landmark effort for wildfire protection planning!

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OAHU: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop - Manoa
Jun
27
9:30 AM09:30

OAHU: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop - Manoa

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Register for FREE for Hawaii Wildfire’s upcoming Collaborative Vegetative Fuels Management Mapping Workshop.

Your participation in this workshop alongside fellow stewards of the Koolau Mountains will go a long way towards identifying key areas for managing wildfire hazards, which will improve collaborative and funding capacity for fuels treatment projects on Oahu and the rest of the state.

Who should attend?

We request your participation if you are familiar with the locations of current vegetation management activities and the details of those projects on the Koolau Mountains.

Some examples of vegetative fuels management activities:

·      Firebreaks and access roads, etc.
·      Fuel reduction activities such as fuel breaks, grazing, thinning, etc.
·      Fuels or type conversion from high fire risk to lower fire risk such as shaded/living fuel breaks, native restoration projects, or transitioning to managed agriculture, etc.

No need to be tech-savvy. At the mapping workshop, Hawaii Wildfire staff will be available to walk you through the mapping process and you'll learn how to map your vegetative fuels management activities using GIS, digital mapping.

We hope you can meet us there and contribute to this valuable and landmark effort for wildfire protection planning!

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Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

OAHU: Kamilonui-Mariner's Cove Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

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Come support Kamilonui and Mariner’s Cove as they team up to become a joint Firewise Community, the first on the eastern half of Oahu. It takes many hands to keep the community safe from wildfires. Help clear brush from the closed portion of Hawaii Kai Drive and from the back of Kamilonui Valley on Saturday, June 23rd from 9 a.m. to noon. We are excited to see the community coming together on this project to make Kamilonui-Mariner’s Cove wildfire-ready (#WildfireReadyHI). 

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HAWAII: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop -Waimea
Jun
19
10:30 AM10:30

HAWAII: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Mapping Workshop -Waimea

Register for FREE for Hawaii Wildfire’s upcoming Collaborative Vegetative Fuels Management Mapping Workshop.

Your participation in this workshop alongside fellow stewards of Hawaii Island will go a long way towards identifying key areas for managing wildfire hazards, which will improve collaborative and funding capacity for fuels treatment projects on Hawaii Island and the rest of the state.

Who should attend?

We request your participation if you are familiar with the locations of current vegetation management activities and the details of those projects anywhere on Hawaii Island.

Some examples of vegetative fuels management activities:

·      Firebreaks and access roads, etc.
·      Fuel reduction activities such as fuel breaks, grazing, thinning, etc.
·      Fuels or type conversion from high fire risk to lower fire risk such as shaded/living fuel breaks, native restoration projects, or transitioning to managed agriculture, etc.

No need to be tech-savvy. At the mapping workshop, Hawaii Wildfire staff will be available to walk you through the mapping process and you'll learn how to map your vegetative fuels management activities using GIS, digital mapping.

We hope you can meet us there and contribute to this valuable and landmark effort for wildfire protection planning!

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Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Yoga for a Cause - Benefit for HWMO

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Fire up your chakras for a great cause on Friday, June 15th from 5-7:30 p.m. That's right, we have teamed up with our friends (and neighbors) at Waimea Yoga who are graciously hosting a benefit for HWMO as part of their monthly series to support local non-profits. 

Come stretch, relax, breathe after a long day to support our projects that protect Hawaii's communities, lands and waters from the growing threat of wildfires. An hour-and-a-half Vinyasa yoga class and $20 donation will go a long way towards supporting the health of our residents and visitors and our beautiful forests and shorelines. There will also be a chance to learn more about HWMO and meet our team members during the before and after talk story sessions.

5:00-5:30 p.m.: Talk story
5:30-7:00 p.m.: Vinyasa class with Julie Martin
7:00-7:30 p.m.: Talk story, free pupus/tea, free giveaways from local businesses

*Discounted class packages available for all participants

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays (Sea Level Rise)

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Join our friends from South Kohala Coastal Partnership for the Talk Story on Tap: Aloha Science Fridays summer series. Come learn, meet conservation professionals, and become an informed and active member of the conservation community, whether you are a long-time environmental advocate or are new to the scene. 

This month's topic is "Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise Through Technology" presented by a partner of HWMO, Chad Wiggins of The Nature Conservancy. 

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Jun
8
7:30 AM07:30

Hapuna Beach Celebration of World Oceans Day

"Hapuna Beach Celebration of World Oceans Day is on June 8th.

Healthy Oceans Healthy Planet Keiki friendly event

Meet the maker of Little Hawaiian Hands Mineral sunscreen

Hapuna Beach cleanup is from 7:30 to 9 AM. Sign up for the cleanup, email keeppuakobeautiful@gmail.com Meet us in the parking lot.

Partners share how they conserve and care for our ocean environment from 9
 to 2 PM
. Meet in the South pavilion. 

For more information, email dena.m.sedar@hawaii.gov"

Our partners from Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will also be there and are holding a free native plant propagation workshop at 10 a.m. Rob Yagi, WDFI Preserve Manager, will demonstrate propagation techniques and provide tips for growing and planting. They will also have materials for you to propagate your own native seeds and cuttings. Admission is free but please RSVP by e-mailing robert@waikoloadryforest.org so that they can provide adequate materials. 

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Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

June South Kohala Community Development Plan (CDP) Action Committee Meeting

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The next South Kohala Community Development Plan (CDP) Action Committee meeting is June 4 from 5-7p at the Lily Yoshimatsu Senior Center (Waimea Senior Center). 

You can play an active role in determining what the South Kohala Community looks like and the priorities you would like to see addressed (for example, better access for firefighters or buffer zones around communities or Firewise development practices) by participating in these meetings. 

Topics discussed will include:

  1. A presentation by Hawaii Wildfire Managment Organization regarding Firewise Communities and a summer 2018 outlook
  2. Goal Setting. The AC will discuss their priorities for 2018/2019 (see spreadsheet linked below)
  3. Capital Improvement Projects/Program (CIP) budget discussion 
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Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

3rd Annual Waianae Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair

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From our friends from the Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Readiness Team:

"The WCDRT in partnership with the Waiʻanae Coast Rotary Club (WCRC) and the Waiʻanae Military Civilian Advisory Council (WMCAC) are hosting the 3rd Annual Waiʻanae Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the inner breezeway of Waiʻanae Mall (86-120 Farrington Highway Waiʻanae, Hawaiʻi 96792).

Come peruse the dozens of booths hosted by local, state, federal, private, and business organizations.  They will be sharing information, resources, interactive activities, and giveaways relating to general safety and emergency preparedness.  We will also have a number of static vehicle displays, demonstrations, and entertainment.  Hope to see you on June 2nd!"

Swing by HWMO's outreach booth for the latest wildfire preparedness information and youth activities.

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2018
May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2018

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The 5th anniversary of national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is on Saturday May 5, 2018. If you have a project in mind for your community to improve the fire safety of your community, fill out a brief application for the chance to receive one of 150 $500 grants from State Farm through the NFPA. The application period is from January 8 until March 2. 

State Farm has helped fund several Wildfire Prep Day projects on Hawaii Island through this grant, including work days in Waikoloa Village, Honokoa, and Kanehoa. HWMO also received two grants from State Farm over the last couple of years to assist our effort in growing the Firewise Communities movement in Hawaii. We thank them for their kokua and commitment to improving wildfire protection for communities on the islands. 

"We had a very busy May 6 fire fuel reduction project. Approx. 6 tons of dry trees, grasses, shrubs, etc were removed and mulched to be used along the borders to further reduce our fire risks. We are very grateful for the funding that allowed us to make our community a more fire resistant and safer place to live."
Diane " Makaala" Kanealii, Executive Director, Kailapa Community Association (this quote is featured on the national page - thanks for representing Hawaii proudly, Makaala and the Honokoa Firewise Community!)

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