Honolulu City Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine and the Honolulu City Council have honored the Honolulu Fire Department for exemplary service to the Wai’anae Coast for fighting the Wai’anae Valley and Makaha Valley brush fires in August.
On August 4, this year, two major brush fires erupted on the Wai’anae Coast and units from Wai’anae, Nanakuli, Kapolei, Makakilo, Ewa Beach and beyond responded as needed and without hesitation protected homes and property.
In the recognition presentation, Councilmember Pine stated, “The smoke and the fire were so widespread and fast-moving it caused the shutdown of Farrington Highway. The relentless progression of flames charred 9,000 or more acres, but the equally relentless efforts of Honolulu’s bravest once again went above and beyond the call to quell the threat and protect the people of the Wai’anae Coast”.
Those honored and representing their station houses included; Battalion Chief Craig Uchimura, Richie Mitsumoto (Wai’anae), Genji Moriya (Nanakuli), Keha Clark (Kapolei), Trevor Cates (East Kapolei), Keola Chang (Makakilo) and Cody Racoma (Ewa Beach).
The presentation took place on October 3, during the full council meeting held at Kapolei Hale.