Preparing for wildfire: Hawaii Wildfire Summit to train all who live or work in blaze-prone areas

Each year, about 0.5 percent of Hawaii’s total land area burns, equal to or greater than the proportion burned of any other state. More than 98 percent of wildfires are human-caused. (COURTESY PHOTO/HWMO)

KOHALA COAST — A first-ever Hawaii Wildfire Summit will be held April 30 through May 4 at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel &Bungalows. Co-sponsored by the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO), Pacific Fire Exchange and Big Island Wildfire Coordinating Group, the summit will be a unique opportunity for people who deal with wildfire in their work and communities across Hawaii and the Pacific to learn, share and collaborate on ways to fight and prevent wildfires.