Hosted by Waianae Coast Disaster Readiness Team.
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Banner photo credit: Dr. Clay Trauernicht, UH CTAHR Cooperative Extension
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.”
Hosted by Honolulu County Department of Emergency Management.
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Banner photo credit: Dr. Clay Trauernicht, UH CTAHR Cooperative Extension
Hosted by Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Committee.
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Hosted by Be Ready Manoa.
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Banner photo credit: Edmund Garman / Flickr
“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!
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.
"The 2nd Annual Waimea PrepareAthon is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mana Christian Ohana.
This emergency preparedness fair that is part of the FEMA PrepareAthon program.
This is a free, fun, family community event. No alcohol and no smoking.
Emergency preparation is the focus and we have government agencies, companies and individuals who are passionate about preparing for disasters, and helping to make households and individuals more prepared to handle the unexpected.
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.
Our friends from Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative are inviting everyone, yet again, to their exciting, family-friendly event on February 10, 2018: the 7th Annual Wiliwili Festival.
"We are looking forward to our biggest community event of the year and beginning to plan the details! The Wiliwili Festival is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates our beloved wiliwili trees and the lowland dry forest of our islands. We will be inviting speakers, practitioners, nonprofits, vendors, conservation groups, and the public to join us for a day of educational activities, forest tours, workshops, live music and great food! We'll be sending out invitations and more information soon! If you'd like to become a business sponsor, donate to our silent auction or apply to host a booth, please contact us."
More info to come, but for now, Save the Date!
Come say hi to us at this year's Agriculture & Environmental Awareness Day at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center on Oahu. We will have information on how to prepare for wildfires, whether you are a resident, farmer, rancher, large landowner...the list goes on.
"The purpose of Agriculture & Environmental Awareness Day is to create a greater awareness and understanding of agriculture and the environment among students and teachers, and introduce students to career opportunities in agriculture and environmental studies."
Photo: Kalo growing at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center
If you are on Oahu, you should definitely go check out this event and join our friends from Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, partners of ours who are helping establish Oahu's first Firewise Community in Kamilonui-Mariner's Cove.
"We at Livable Hawaii Kai Hui are simply overjoyed to invite you to the Aloha State's official World Wetlands Day event. On Feb. 3, 2018, we will be hosting WWD 2018 at the Hāwea Heiau Complex & Keawāwa Wetland. It will be a day full of fun and learning, including keiki crafts, talk-story sessions, hula, information booths, bird watching, and plantings of native flora grown right here in Maunalua.
This year's theme, set by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, is "Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future." We can't think of a better place than Maunalua, our developed Hawaii Kai suburb, to host WWD 2018. Tomorrow's needs can only be met if we acknowledge our dependence on the natural world today, and mālama the natural and cultural resources we still have access to. Please be sure to join us, and share this message with your friends and family.
Our activity-filled day will kickoff with a loulu palm planting and dedication ceremony in honor of the late Ron Walker (1932-2012). Ron was an extremely hard working wildlife biologist/wetland ecologist who dedicated decades of his life to the protection and enhancement of Hawaiian ecosystems.
Special thanks to all our participating organizations, and in particular, our partners who are helping to organize and sponsor this event: Conservation Council for Hawaiʻi; US Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands; Hawaii Audubon Society; The Oahu Club; Maunalua.net; DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife; Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency."
Calling all runners, volunteers, or families looking for a day of fun with Napuʻu Conservation Project on a Saturday at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa:
"We are very excited to be hosting the 11th Annual Run for the Dry Forest at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa on Saturday October 28th, 2017! We are currently looking for 10-15 more volunteers max (will be based on an order received basis). We need Course Marshals and help with Registration. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt featuring this year's featured species, Hōʻawa."
For more information, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banner photo: View of Hualalai from the top of Puʻuwaʻawa.
Join Keep Puako Beautiful for United Nations World Tourism Day at Hapuna Beach on September 27 and keep our beautiful shoreline clean and fire-free. Bring personal gear, shoes, sunscreen, hat, lunch or snack, chair or mat and meet at the Hapuna Beach parking lot at 8 a.m. Informational booths will also be there from 9:30-12 p.m. More details in the flyer on the right.
"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."
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.'"
"A new fungal disease is currently attacking and killing ʻōhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaiʻi. On Hawaiʻi Island, hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa have already died across thousands of acres from this fungus, called Ceratocystis fimbriata. Healthy trees appear to die within a few days to a few weeks, which is how the disease came to be called “Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.” This disease has killed trees in the South Hilo, Puna, Kaʻū and Kona districts of Hawaiʻi Island and has the potential to kill ʻōhiʻa trees statewide."
Join University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in celebrating ʻōhiʻa at ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest! This family friendly event will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaiʻi from 9AM to 4PM."
HWMO will be selling tickets to the Firefighter Chili Cook-Off at this year's rodeo!
"Waimea, Island of Hawai‘i ~ Parker Ranch will celebrate its paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage at the 55th Annual Fourth of July Rodeo and Horse Races on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea.
While celebrating our nation’s independence, Parker Ranch paniolo, will be joined by other nearby ranches for a round-up of traditional rodeo events, including horse races, ranch mugging, team roping and more. These events will showcase the skills that have made Hawaiian paniolo famous throughout the world and which continue to keep the unique ranching lifestyle and culture alive in Hawai’i.
Gates open at 7:00 am and you can enjoy a variety of crafts and food from local businesses. There will also be activities for the kids, such as a petting zoo and pony rides. "
"Tickets for the July 4th event are available in advance for $7 or $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 808-885-7311 or visit www.parkerranch.com. The rodeo grounds are 37 miles by car from Kona International Airport and 57 miles from Hilo Airport on Highway 190."
Check out this exciting event that we will be hosting an information booth at on June 17!
"The east side of Hawaii Island, Puna district, has been the area hardest hit by Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a disease caused by a fungus new to science. ROD is killing ʻōhiʻa on the Big Island, where thousands of trees have died and more than 50,000 acres have been affected. Our native ʻōhiʻa forests are a beloved cultural and natural resource, and are the source of our fresh water. The devastating ROD disease will have impacts ranging from the land to the sea. To help raise awareness about ROD, the Grassroots Community Development Group, Bodacious Women of Pāhoa, Nanawale Community Association, the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, and Hawaii State Division of Forestry & Wildlife are collaborating to host Forest Roots, a joint family education day and hunting tournament in the heart of Puna. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Forest Roots will invite Big Island residents to learn about forest and ocean health and the threat of ROD through fun activities for all ages. There will be a hunting tournament, casting contest, forest and ocean educational activities, demonstrations, and informational booths.
Forest Roots will provide an invaluable educational and networking opportunity for all contributors and participants. We hope to convey the seriousness of ROD and share how Big Island residents can all help to spread awareness with each other and prevent the spread of this terrible disease within their communities."
We will be one of many informational booths at this year's Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Awareness and Readiness Fair at the Waiʻanae Mall on Saturday, June 3 (9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.). Come visit our booth for the latest information on how to prepare your home, family, and community for wildfire. Peak fire season is here, so it could not be a better time to be vigilant and ready! Thank you to Waiʻanae Coast Disaster Readiness Team for putting on the event and inviting us to join!
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
* 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!
* 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
* 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
HWMO will have an educational booth at the People's Climate Movement in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, April 29 with information on wildfire impacts and how to prepare. We will be featuring our new infographic flyer on the impacts of climate change on wildfires in Hawaii.
"Climate change is upon us, it is our global kuleana to be loving stewards. "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children".
We will gather at Hale Halawai Park at 2pm and embark on a march loop through downtown Kona ending back at Hale Halawai at 3pm for a rally featuring music, inspirational speakers, food, entertainment, action booths from local non-profits, and consciously minded vendors.
Please check out our auspicious list of presenters and performers on our event poster in the discussion tab to get a taste of what's in store."
Waimea Outdoor Circle is hosting a spring plant sale at the beautiful Ulu Laʻau Waimea Nature Park on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. HWMO will be there with an informational booth and activities for the kids.
Great opportunity to pick up some native Firewise plants for you or a friend's garden!
Parking is available behind Canada-France on Ahuli Circle.
HWMO is headed to Oahu for the Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day for Family and Friends fair hosted by UH College of Tropical and Human Resources. Come stop by our booth for wildfire preparedness information and activities for keiki.
"The Wiliwili Festival is back! Please join WDFI Saturday, Januray 28th in celebrating our native lowland dry forest and the beautiful wiliwili trees of Waikoloa. The festival is FREE from 9:30am-4pm at the Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village. The festival will offer educational workshops, tours, vendors, native plant sales, prizes, keiki activities, silent auction, great music, food and much more! Come and learn how you can help us to Plant Trees in your community forest; arrive early and you could take home a free native plant! We are planning a zero-waste event and hope that you can do your part in keeping our festival footprint small, please carpool, and if you opt to ride your bicycle you will receive a free t-shirt. For Wiliwili Festival updates please follow us on facebook and sign up for our mailing list! " - Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative
Come visit HWMO's booth to get the latest Kaleo the Pueo giveaways and learn about wildfire preparedness, native Firewise plants, and more!
Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Committee (EWA EPC) is hosting its 6th annual "Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair" at Ewa Makai Middle School on Saturday, September 10th (9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Make sure to stop by HWMO's booth!
HWMO will be heading down to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for the second straight BioBlitz and Cultural Festival. This year's theme: "E Hoʻomau" - to perpetuate; to continue in a way that causes good to be long-lasting.
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.
Join Keep Puako Beautiful, HWMO, Coral Reef Alliance, Puako Makai Watch, and a number of other partners for a beach cleanup and land/water survey at Puako Boat Ramp.
Cleanup supplies and water will be available. "Bring water gear and dress for the cleanup. Please RSVP, let us know if you are staying for lunch and/or will bring something to share."
HWMO will be there with fire prevention and preparedness information.
We will be setting up an information booth at the new campus' Open House. With El Niño's drought looking more and more like a possibility, there's no better time than now to prepare. Stop by for more information on the drought and how you can prevent and prepare for wildfires.
Save the date for this yearʻs Wiliwili Festival. HWMO will be there with a booth with great informational handouts, Kaleo the Pueo giveaways, a Keiki Wildland Firefighter Photo-Shoot, native plant games, and more! Also stay tuned for updates on when we'll be holding a Ready, Set, Go! Workshop at the event.
HWMO will be flying out to Oahu to join the 5th Annual Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair. We'll be distributing Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Guides and other informational handouts to prepare for wildfires in leeward Oahu. We also will have plenty of giveaways for kids including Smokey the Bear gear and Kaleo the Pueo stickers.
Seems like it was only yesterday when the beginning of graduation season was upon us. We'll be posting up at this year's Back-to-School Bash at Waikoloa Middle School with plenty of Kaleo the Pueo and Smokey the Bear giveaways, Keiki Wildland Firefighter Photo-Shoot, and native Firewise plant showcases.