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.