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Kaʻū ReadySetGo! Wildfire Preparedness Workshop

  • Pahala Plantation Cottage (map)

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.