Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
Apr
24
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
Apr
30
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
May
1
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
May
4
6:00 AM06:00

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. The deadline has passed for 2019 but if you didn’t apply, we still encourage you to hold a Preparedness Day event this May!

Need project ideas? Click the button below, courtesy of our friends from Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.

"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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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
May
7
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
May
8
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Kaʻū ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Kaʻū ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop

In the evening (starting at 6:00 p.m.on Friday, May 10 at the Pahala Plantation House, you can join HWMO and NMOK for a free and family-friendly educational “ReadySetGo!” Wildfire Preparedness Workshop. Participants will 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. 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.

2019 is shaping up to be a busy wildfire year. With a weak El Niño starting to kick in, experts predict wildfire activity will increase due to worsening drought conditions and the enormous vegetative growth from a rainy past several of months. Wildfires are a growing health and safety concern in Kaʻū and throughout the Hawaiian Islands and have impacts to our communities, businesses, infrastructure, watersheds, and cultural and nearshore resources. Recently, two large workshops were held on Hawaiʻi Island to identify key target areas for vegetation management activities to reduce wildfire risk. A significant portion of the participants, who represented various agencies, non-profits, businesses, and community groups highlighted Kaʻū as a top priority district for future wildfire management activities.

On Saturday, May 4, people from across the U.S. will participate in Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, a day to take action to increase wildfire safety in the community. As part of the festivities the following week, Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) and Nā Mamo O Kāwā (NMOK), two non-profit organizations, are teaming-up for a weekend of fun, learning, and action-taking. HWMO is a Waimea-based non-profit dedicated to protecting communities and natural resources across the Hawaiian Islands. Nā Mamo O Kāwā (NMOK) is a Hawaiian non-profit that facilitates the care for the precious cultural and natural resources of Kāwā through community-based, self-determined stewardship efforts. 

The next day, Saturday, May 11, you will have an opportunity to use your new wildfire preparedness knowledge to join a volunteer work day to reduce wildfire hazards and restore the native habitat of Kāwā. The work day will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you would like to join, meet at the Northern entrance for Kāwā for sign-in, safety briefing, and opening protocol. Please bring a water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes, long sleeved T-shirt, and pants. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments provided.


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Nā Mamo O Kāwā Community Wildfire Preparedness Day
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Nā Mamo O Kāwā Community Wildfire Preparedness Day

Our friends from Nā Mamo O Kāwā in Kaʻū host a community work day every second Saturday. This May 11, HWMO will be joining them as part of Community Wildfire Prep Day. We will share wildfire preparedness information and giveaways to volunteers who join. The focus of this work day is fuels reduction to protect the native habitat that NMOK is restoring.

NMOK work to restore the native habitat and reduce the wildfire threat in Kāwā is critical, but also runs deeper than that:

“Nā Mamo o Kāwā (NMOK) facilitate the care for the precious cultural and natural resources of Kāwā through community-based, self-determined stewardship efforts.  NMOK recognized the burgeoning need to revitalize a puʻuhonua (biocultural refuge) where lineal descendants, community members, and volunteers collectively engage in the timeless practice of aloha ʻāina to honor generations of land-human relationships in Kaʻū.  The ahupuaʻa land management activities that take place on the property is the maintenance of the fresh water springs and trails (coastal and forest), and the restoration of the Kāwā dry forest, coastal, and estuary/fishpond ecosystems.”

Photo Credit: Nā Mamo O Kāwā

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
May
14
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
May
15
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
May
21
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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26th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference
Jul
9
to Jul 11

26th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

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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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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
Apr
23
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
Apr
17
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day
Apr
16
8:15 AM08:15

Nāpuʻu Conservation Project Aiea Volunteer Day

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

Aiea native preserve area. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

From our friends at DLNR DOFAW Nāpuʻu Conservation Project:

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

4/16-4/174/23-4/244/30-5/15/7-5/85/14-5/15, and 5/21

8:15-3:30PM

“Nāpuʻu Conservation Project is hosting a series of Spring planting days at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. Planting will be located up mauka at "ʻAiea", the newest fenced off exclosure. Join us to learn more above native dryland forest species and help to restore an area that was once known for it's many ʻAiea (Nothecestrum breviflorum) trees. 

Please RSVP by emailing napuuconservation@gmail.com. Space will be limited due to transportation. If you are coming from Hilo, and would like to carpool, please indicate that in the RSVP. Also, if you have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle you'd like to bring, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you! Mahalo nui.”

Banner photo: Planting native trees. Credit: Liana Macdonald-Kainoa, Nāpuʻu Natural Resource Management

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Nā Mamo O Kāwā Community Work Day
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Nā Mamo O Kāwā Community Work Day

Our friends from Nā Mamo O Kāwā in Kaʻū host a community work day every second Saturday. Their work to restore the native habitat and reduce the wildfire threat in Kāwā is critical, but also runs deeper than that:

“Nā Mamo o Kāwā (NMOK) facilitate the care for the precious cultural and natural resources of Kāwā through community-based, self-determined stewardship efforts.  NMOK recognized the burgeoning need to revitalize a puʻuhonua (biocultural refuge) where lineal descendants, community members, and volunteers collectively engage in the timeless practice of aloha ʻāina to honor generations of land-human relationships in Kaʻū.  The ahupuaʻa land management activities that take place on the property is the maintenance of the fresh water springs and trails (coastal and forest), and the restoration of the Kāwā dry forest, coastal, and estuary/fishpond ecosystems.”

Photo Credit: Nā Mamo O Kāwā

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 Molokaʻi Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning and Mapping Workshop
Apr
2
8:00 AM08:00

Molokaʻi Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning and Mapping Workshop

Your input is a very important part of developing next step actions for wildfire risk reduction on Molokaʻi.

Your input is a very important part of developing next step actions for wildfire risk reduction on Molokaʻi.

You are invited to the Molokaʻi Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning and Mapping Workshop on April 2 hosted by Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization and partners.   

Register for FREE and confirm your spot

When: April 2, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: The Nature Conservancy Office, 23 Pueo Place, Kaunakakai

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

Marking priority areas for fuels treatments.

Marking priority areas for fuels treatments.

During the action planning portion of the workshop, participants will:

  • Check out the results of recent efforts to map current management of hazardous vegetative fuels (thanks to all of the information that partners contributed, thus far).

  • Identify and discuss shared regional fuels management priorities and projects to mitigate the risks of wildfire across our island landscapes through a facilitated series of small and large group conversations.  Your knowledge and priorities will contribute to planning next steps in the ongoing collaboration to manage vegetative fuels to reduce wildfire and protect both our communities and natural resources.

During the mapping portion of the workshop, participants will:

  • Add to the map of current and desired hazardous vegetative fuels management projects. Workshop attendee(s) should be those who are familiar with delineating the locations of vegetation management activities (fuel/firebreaks, shaded/living fuelbreaks, grazing, thinning, invasive removal, native restoration, etc.) and their associated details (type of work being done, frequency of activity, etc.).

Tentative Agenda:
8-11 a.m.: Action Planning
11-11:30 a.m.: Mapping Intro
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Lunch Break
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Mapping

Spread the word with your network -- your input matters!  This workshop will be valuable to those working in:

  • Land and Natural Resource Management

  • Fire and Emergency Response

  • Planning

  • Agricultural Operations

  • Utilities

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

To learn more:

Project information: http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/vegetative-fuels-management-mapping

If you have further questions or concerns, contact Pablo Akira Beimler: e-mail pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org or Lele Kimball: lele@hawaiiwildfire.org or call (808) 885-0900.

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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. 

HWMO will also be a speaker this year: Fire Follows Fuel: A Collaborative Approach Towards Cross-Boundary Vegetative Fuels Management for Wildfire Mitigation.

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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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! 

Location: Kailapa Community Pavilion, south end of Kailapa Street, Kawaihae

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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! 

Location: Hawaii Innovation Center, 117 Keawe St., Hilo

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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! 

Location: War Memorial Convention Hall, 4191 Hardy St., Lihue

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OAHU: Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop
Feb
19
2:00 PM14:00

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! 

Location: Mililani District Park, Main Hall, 94-1150 Lanikuhana Ave., Mililani

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Afternoon)
Feb
16
1:30 PM13:30

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Afternoon)

  • Hawaii Community College Palamanui - Panini Building - Room 126/127 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Morning)
Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Kona (Morning)

  • Hawaii Community College Palamanui - Panini Building - Room 126/127 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Afternoon)
Feb
15
1:30 PM13:30

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Afternoon)

  • Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry - Large Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Morning)
Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop - Hilo (Morning)

  • Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry - Large Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“By attending the FREE workshop hosted in Hilo and Kona, you will help to expand capacity for collection and banking of 'ōhi'a seeds in response to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death. 
You will learn how to properly collect, handle, and process 'ōhi'a seeds, without doing harm to trees or forests, using methods that protect seed viability and ensure conservation value for future restoration.”

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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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MAUI: "Wildfire on Maui: The History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility" Lecture
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

MAUI: "Wildfire on Maui: The History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility" Lecture

From the Source:

Wildfires have an impact on the nearshore ocean environment and coral reefs, which is why Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is hosting a free presentation, “Wildfire on Maui: the History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the Maui Harbor Shops in Maalaea.

Doors open at 5 and complimentary refreshments will be served.

The presentation will be offered by Clay Trauernicht, Ph.D., wildland fire specialist at University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension.

“Over the past decade, an average of more than 1,000 wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres each year in Hawaii, with the percentage of total land area burned comparable to and often exceeding figures for the fire-prone western United States,” said Trauernicht. “During my presentation, we’ll use fire science and a bit of history to tackle the how and why of the 400 percent increase in areas burned by wildfires in Hawaii. We’ll also look at the consequences it has for our watersheds and nearshore ecosystems.

“The short story is that fire on Maui and other islands is a problem we’ve largely created,”he noted. “It is therefore one of the few ‘natural’ disasters we can actually avoid. We’ll consider our options to reduce fire risk and impacts on Maui and how the urgency to take action is increasing under a changing climate.”

Attendees will be invited to share their questions, experiences and ideas about wildland fires on Maui at the conclusion of Trauernicht’s presentation.

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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:
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