HWMO's vision is for communities and natural resources across Hawaii and the Pacific to be protected from the effects of wildfire.


HWMO is dedicated to proactive and collaborative wildfire-related education, outreach and technical assistance, project implementation, and research.


1. Prevent Wildfires

  • Increase public awareness of the wildfire issues in Hawaii and the Pacific
  • Decrease wildfire ignitions (since 99% are human caused)

2. Mitigate Wildfire Impacts

  • Catalyze and cultivate public and agency action toward wildfire preparedness and protection
    • Website, informational resources, workshops, technical assistance, training, and other support
  • Strategically manage vegetative fuels
    • Fuelbreaks, fire breaks, fuels reduction projects, defensible space, Firewise landscaping, grazing to reduce fuel loads, fuels reduction planning
  • Develop pre-fire plans to reduce risk and minimize wildfire impacts on communities and natural resources
  • Support and contribute to increased fire suppression capacity of our firefighting agency partners
    • Additional water resources, helicopter dip tank installation, training, information

3. Aid Post-Fire Recovery

  • Support planning, research, and capacity building for rehabilitating post-fire landscapes

4. Provide a collaborative environment among residents, communities, firefighters, decision makers, and natural resource managers to address wildfire management goals collaboratively and proactively

  • Catalyze, facilitate, unite, and support multi-partners, cross-jurisdictional projects
  • Be a hub of wildfire-related information, preparedness training, and collaboration