Waikoloa Village residents try out fire evacuation road

Vehicles make their way down the emergency evacuation road out of Waikoloa Village during Saturday’s Hulu Holoholo event. The event was held to familiarize people with the evacuation route before a future evacuation in the wake of an order issued in summer 2021 as the island's largest fire in history raced toward the South Kohala town. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth said he had to make one of the most difficult decisions of his career nearly a year ago. As the massive Mana Road wildfire was bearing down on the mostly residential Waikoloa Village, Roth called for its evacuation.