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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Yoga for a Cause - Benefit for HWMO

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

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

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

*Discounted class packages available for all participants

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

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

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Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

3rd Annual Waianae Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair

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From our friends from the Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Readiness Team:

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

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

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

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Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium 2018
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium 2018

"DESCRIPTION

This year is the twelfth annual Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium. It will feature presentations by scientists and conservationists who are working to learn about and preserve Hawaiian dryland forest plants and ecosystems. The Symposium will be held at the Courtyard at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Friday, February 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Early registration until January 30th is $75 and includes lunch and $5 parking. Student registration is $40 (reduced from $55) thanks to sponsorship by Hawai’i Forest Institute. After January 30th, late registration increases to $90 ($55 for students). Registration is limited to 200 to preserve the quality of the event for everyone attending and to facilitate networking. There will be two accompanying field trips ($40 each, lunch provided) to to Pōhakuloa Training Area on Thursday, February 8th and the Queen Emma Land Trust Dry Forest Restoration Project on Saturday, February 10th.

The dryland forests of Hawai‘i are fragile habitats that are home to many of the rarest plants in the world. Dryland forests were once considered to be the most diverse forest ecosystem on the Hawaiian Islands but today they are extremely deforested and degraded. Only remnant patches of the habitat remain to remind us of the highly diverse community of plants and animals that once dominated the landscape of West Hawai‘i. The Dryland Forest Symposium provides a forum for hearing about recent developments in dryland forest conservation and restoration, and an opportunity to interact with others interested in dryland forest.

Speakers
Keynote speaker Dr. Rakan (Zak) Zahawi, new director of Lyon Arboretum at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will start things off with a talk about dry forest restoration work in Costa Rica entitled “Project Orange: the Power of Agricultural Waste to Regenerate a Forest.” Zahawi will be followed by Dr. Jonathan Price, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, talking about “Coming up with Real Restoration Baselines.”

Don’t wait to register – field trips are limited to 25 and are on a first come, first served basis.

Field Trips

Pōhakuloa Training Area Natural Resources Management Tour
Thursday, February 8, 2018   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Queen Emma Land Trust Dry Forest Restoration Project
Saturday, February 10, 2018   9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

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Jan
10
9:00 AM09:00

WEBINAR- The Wildfire Within: Firefighter Perspectives on Gender and Leadership in Wildland Fire

Date: January 10, 2018 12pm Mountain
Presenter: Rachel Reimer, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada

This project utilized a feminist appreciative approach to Action Research to facilitate a conversation about gender and leadership within the British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS). The research question was, “How might understanding gender and leadership support excellence in the BCWS?” This study found that amongst diverse perspectives on gender and leadership, ultimately gender discrimination is occurring within wildland fire culture in the BCWS. Participants suggested action steps based on supporting organizational and leadership learning through non-judgemental, safe spaces for dialogue. This provided an opportunity for the BCWS to transform the challenges associated with gender discrimination in the wildland fire profession through organizational learning.

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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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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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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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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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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


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PRiMO Workshop: Wildland Fire Risk and Mitigation Strategies for Pacific Islands
Mar
20
8:00 AM08:00

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

  • Hawaii Convention Center, Room 307AB (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

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

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

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Waikoloa Village Firewise Forum
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

Waikoloa Village Firewise Forum

  • Waikoloa Village Association Community Meeting Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you haven't heard, Waikoloa Village is on pace to become the largest nationally-recognized Firewise Community in Hawaii! To qualify for 2016, the Waikoloa Fire Management Action Committee is hosting a Firewise Forum on Thursday, December 8th 5:30-7:00 p.m. at WVA Conference Room (68-1792 Melia St), to invite residents to discuss and participate in Waikoloa's Firewise efforts. HWMO will give a presentation about Waikoloa-specific wildfire hazards and recommendations as noted during a recent wildfire hazard assessment with local firefighting agencies. There will be time for Q&A discussion towards the end.  

Pupus and refreshments will be provided. 

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Waimea Community Association Non-Partisan Candidate Forum
Jul
7
5:00 PM17:00

Waimea Community Association Non-Partisan Candidate Forum

Waimea Community Association will play host to the Non-Partisan Candidate Forum to spotlight three key races in the August 13 Primary Election: Hawaii County Mayor, County Council (Districts 1 & 9), and State House District 7. 

HWMO will be a co-sponsor of the educational event and will have an informational booth to share our great informational guides and keiki giveaways.

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Maui Fire Prevention Week Show
Oct
22
9:30 AM09:30

Maui Fire Prevention Week Show

"Fire Prevention Week 2015. Photo credit: State of Hawaiʻi, Office of the Governor."

"To promote this year’s message, the Maui Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Prevention show on Oct. 22 at the Keopuolani Park horseshoe pit from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m."

"Maui Fire Chief Jeffery Murray commented in a department announcement saying, 'In a fire, seconds count.  Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert occupants of a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out,' said Murray."

"This year’s message is, 'Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!'

Maui fire officials say the campaign is being held in conjunction with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association, 'to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.'"

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Wildfire Preparedness from Mauka to Makai Workshop for Natural Resource Managers
Apr
10
2:00 PM14:00

Wildfire Preparedness from Mauka to Makai Workshop for Natural Resource Managers

  • Waimea Center Conference Room (Upstairs) (map)
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Learn more about wildfire prevention methods and how you can incorporate these strategies into your work and project areas. These wildfire reduction strategies include taking a proactive approach against wildfire to help protect Hawaii’s natural resources, coral reefs, fisheries, water quality and nearshore waters.

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