Waikoloa Dryland Wildfire Safety Park

This first-of-its-kind Firewise demonstration garden created and maintained by HWMO offers a hands-on learning experience for visitors interested in protecting their homes from wildfires. Visitors can learn how to create defensible space through proper landscaping techniques and make home modifications to make structures more fire-resistant.

This garden is primarily made up of low-maintenance native Hawaiian species that are resistant to drought, wind, and heat. All are welcome to explore the garden's beautiful blooming plants, whether you are there to take notes or to simply enjoy a peaceful experience.

Guided by Daniel Akaka, Jr. the garden's opening blessing on January 21, 2012 marked the beginning of a valuable community asset for years to come.

We have held a number of events, including Wildfire Prep Days, since the garden's inception. You can stay informed about future garden events, including native plantings, by viewing our Upcoming Events page or signing-up for our newsletter at the bottom of this window.

The Malama Kai Foundation's Ocean Warriors, an after-school environmental education group focused on youth empowerment, have been "stewards" of the garden for the past few years. They first learn the ins and outs of what it takes to protect a community from wildfire, including defensible space techniques. Once they have a solid understanding, they help us share this information with the broader community through garden events and community showcases.