Vision

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

Mission

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

Goals

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