Waimea event will honor first responders

North Hawaii’s dedicated first responders — whose exceptional performance prevented the loss of life, homes and other structures during the August wildfires, and who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the community literally around the clock 365 days a year — will be honored at a community in-person dinner gathering from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Mana Christian ‘Ohana’s Kahilu Town Hall.