7th Annual Wiliwili Festival
Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

7th Annual Wiliwili Festival

Our friends from Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative are inviting everyone, yet again, to their exciting, family-friendly event on February 3, 2018: the 7th Annual Wiliwili Festival.

"We are looking forward to our biggest community event of the year and beginning to plan the details! The Wiliwili Festival is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates our beloved wiliwili trees and the lowland dry forest of our islands. We will be inviting speakers, practitioners, nonprofits, vendors, conservation groups, and the public to join us for a day of educational activities, forest tours, workshops, live music and great food! We'll be sending out invitations and more information soon! If you'd like to become a business sponsor, donate to our silent auction or apply to host a booth, please contact us."

More info to come, but for now, Save the Date!

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PFX Webinar: Land Cover Maps for Fire & Land Management
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

PFX Webinar: Land Cover Maps for Fire & Land Management

"Land cover maps are a powerful tool that can aid in better landscape-scale natural resource management decisions.

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Vegetation and land cover GIS products for Hawaii and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands;
  • A newly-developed, dynamic land cover product for Hawaii which identifies potential areas and rates of land cover change that has occurred since 2000;
  • Attributes and intended uses of these GIS products; and
  • Potential application of land cover products in the context of pre- and post-fire planning and reporting. 

This 40-minute presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of Q&A and group discussion, with participant input on the best land cover product applications and interfaces for different management uses. 

Intended Audience - Natural resource managers, fire managers, and GIS users in Hawaii and US-affiliated Pacific Islands who could benefit from understanding, on a landscape-scale, map data on vegetation, land cover, and land cover change.

Presenter
Matthew Lucas is a Master of Science graduate of the Natural Resource and Environmental Management Dept at University of Hawaii at Manoa. His specialty is GIS, remote sensing, and landscape ecology with a particular focus on developing spatial products which aid in conservation and natural resource management decisions.

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Run for the Dry Forest at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa
Oct
28
7:45 AM07:45

Run for the Dry Forest at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa

Calling all runners, volunteers, or families looking for a day of fun with Napuʻu Conservation Project on a Saturday at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa:

"We are very excited to be hosting the 11th Annual Run for the Dry Forest at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa on Saturday October 28th, 2017! We are currently looking for 10-15 more volunteers max (will be based on an order received basis). We need Course Marshals and help with Registration. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt featuring this year's featured species, Hōʻawa."

For more information, please e-mail: napuuconservation@gmail.com.

Banner photo: View of Hualalai from the top of Puʻuwaʻawa.

 

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California Nevada Hawaii Forest Fire Council 2017 Fall Meeting
Oct
25
to Oct 26

California Nevada Hawaii Forest Fire Council 2017 Fall Meeting

NOTE: Times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time

"The CNH Forest Fire Council invites you to its 2017 Fall meeting/workshop/training event. The event this year is being held at the Red Lion Hotel in Redding, CA. The focus this year will be based on the "Implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy." It will highlight solutions, science, and stories of successful strategies to address wildland fire under the framework of the National Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

A "Line Building" session is also being planned after the first day's discussion. This line building is all about food, fellowship, and a few adult beverages. No Red Cards needed.

The event registration fee is $120. The fee includes coffee breaks as well as the evening "Line Building" session. Vendors are able to display their wares. A fee of $175 per table will be assessed for the entire session. Multiple tables are available as well. Vendors will still need to pay for the registration fee in addition to the table fee.

You will also have the opportunity to get more involved with the CNH Forest Fire Council. Election of officers is on the agenda. If you are interested, contact any of the Planning Committee members.

We look forward to a spirited event and look forward to seeing you!"

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Ala Kahakai Trail Association Waikoloa Community Meeting
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Ala Kahakai Trail Association Waikoloa Community Meeting

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Ala Kahakai Trail Association is doing important work to restore and maintain historical trails in South Kohala and beyond. Their trail work also helps to prevent wildfires by managing invasive species, planting native plants, and installing informational signage. We hope you can join other interested community members for this October 7th meeting in Waikoloa!

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Get the Drift and Bag It Beach Cleanup at Hapuna Beach
Sep
27
8:00 AM08:00

Get the Drift and Bag It Beach Cleanup at Hapuna Beach

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Join Keep Puako Beautiful for United Nations World Tourism Day at Hapuna Beach on September 27 and keep our beautiful shoreline clean and fire-free. Bring personal gear, shoes, sunscreen, hat, lunch or snack, chair or mat and meet at the Hapuna Beach parking lot at 8 a.m. Informational booths will also be there from 9:30-12 p.m. More details in the flyer on the right.

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WEBINAR: Rainfall Variability and Drought in the Hawaiian Islands
Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

WEBINAR: Rainfall Variability and Drought in the Hawaiian Islands

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"Drought is a prominent feature of the climate of Hawai‘i with severe impacts in multiple sectors. Over the last century, Hawai‘i has experienced downward trends in rainfall and stream baseflow, an upward trend in the number of consecutive dry days and wildfire incidents, and regional projections show that unusually severe dry seasons will become increasingly common on the leeward sides of all Hawaiian Islands. This talk presents the state of the science on drought in Hawai‘i, and analyzes a new gridded drought index product (SPI, Standardized Precipitation Index) that was developed for the main Hawaiian Islands from 1920 to 2012. This dataset is used to determine the relationships between drought and large-scale modes of natural climate variability (including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation), analyze the spatial extent, frequency, severity, and duration of historical drought events, and examine trends through time. This spatially explicit analysis provides the historical context needed to understand future projections, and contributes to more effective policy and management of natural, cultural, hydrological and agricultural resources."

Presenter: Abby Frazier, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station - Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

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Ala Kahakai Trail Association Community Meeting
Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Ala Kahakai Trail Association Community Meeting

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Learn about the Ala Kahakai Trail Association, the history and management of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, and more at a community meeting this Saturday, September 16 at the Hokuloa Church in Puako from 3-5 p.m. "Your ideas about how the Trail can better benefit the community" are welcome.

Contact Christopher Hawkins, ATA Coordinator with any questions at Hawkins@alakahakaitrail.org or (808) 494-7116.

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Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative Bocce Ball Tournament
Sep
10
2:00 PM14:00

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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7th Annual Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

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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20th Annual Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation Award's Dinner and Fundraiser
Sep
2
4:30 PM16:30

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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ʻOhiʻa Love Fest
Aug
27
9:00 AM09:00

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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Firefighter Chili Cook-Off for Wildfire Prevention
Aug
26
4:30 PM16:30

Firefighter Chili Cook-Off for Wildfire Prevention

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).

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! You can still support our organization's efforts to protect our communities, lands, and waters from wildfire by clicking the DONATE button at the top right of your screen. Mahalo for your understanding and support. We hope to do it again next year!


Five firefighter teams from Hawaii Fire Department and U.S. Army-Garrison, Fire and Emergency Services, and Big Island Wildfire Coordinating Group will face off in a chili cooking competition that will be judged by none other than Sam Choy! There is also a people's choice 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!

Wildfires have serious impacts on communities and natural resources from summit to sea. The more fun you have while voting on the best chili (meat and vegetarian), and while enjoying the beer, wine, live music, pony rides, and silent auction, the more wildfire protection we are able to make happen on the ground, which further protects our community! Win-win-win!

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

Kids under 10 free!

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

VIP Tables are SOLD OUT as of August 24!

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. Space is also limited, so buy your tickets today!

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/Beverage Sponsors:

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

 

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Oahu Workshop on Land Management and Technical Assistance
Jul
22
9:00 AM09:00

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
8:00 AM08:00

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

  • Palehua Road Kapolei, HI, 96707 United States (map)
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"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
5:00 AM05:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
6:30 PM18:30

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
4:30 PM16:30

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
3:00 PM15:00

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
3:00 PM15:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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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