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The summer maximum of the south Kona region ended with a total of 11.9 inches during the months of July, August, and September, according to the National Weather Service. True to normal trends, rain over the last three months has accounted for 63 percent of the rain over the last nine months. The Waimea Irrigation System water level was marked at 48 feet on Friday, October 1st; a decrease of 3 percent from the previous week’s reading of 49.5 feet.

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The summer maximum of the south Kona region ended with a total of 11.9 inches during the months of July, August, and September, according to the National Weather Service. True to normal trends, rain over the last three months has accounted for 63 percent of the rain over the last nine months. The Waimea Irrigation […]

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Extreme fire danger conditions continue in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park due to a prolonged dry spell.

To reduce the risk of wildland fire, the following areas are closed to all visitor use including driving, hiking, biking, and horse riding:

Mauna Loa Road at Kipukapuaulu
Hilina Pali Road at Mauna Iki Trailhead
Ainahou

Drought forces Additional closures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Extreme fire danger conditions continue in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park due to a prolonged dry spell. To reduce the risk of wildland fire, the following areas are closed to all visitor use including driving, hiking, biking, and horse riding: Mauna Loa Road at Kipukapuaulu Hilina Pali Road at Mauna Iki Trailhead Ainahou

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Drought prompts statewide agricultural disaster zone declaration

Drought prompts statewide agricultural disaster zone declaration

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack has designated all four Hawaii counties as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by this year’s drought. A secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators and producers in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for Farm Service Agency emergency loans and the Supplemental […]

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Drought relief for livestock, orchards and vineyards

Drought relief for livestock, orchards and vineyards

MEDIA RELEASE The continuing drought conditions on Hawaii Island has caused agricultural producers to suffer crop and livestock losses. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). This disaster program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides cost-share assistance […]

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The Drought Monitor showed that an astounding 99.6% of the State was under some type of drought classification. The two most extreme classifications (D3 – Extreme and D4 – Exceptional) were contained in Hawaii County. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) anticipates below-normal rainfall through the summer.

Low precipitation levels continue for the Big Island

The Drought Monitor showed that an astounding 99.6% of the State was under some type of drought classification. The two most extreme classifications (D3 – Extreme and D4 – Exceptional) were contained in Hawaii County. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) anticipates below-normal rainfall through the summer.

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Conditions remain very poor in general along the leeward areas of the island. The ongoing drought has significantly affected a wide range of agricultural products including coffee...avocados... rambutan... bananas...macadamia nuts...loquat and jaboticaba. Only drought-resistant trees and crops have been producing well. Ranchers in the lower Ka‘u and leeward Kohala slopes continue to operate under very poor conditions for livestock.

The extreme drought in Hawaii approaches one year

Conditions remain very poor in general along the leeward areas of the island. The ongoing drought has significantly affected a wide range of agricultural products including coffee…avocados… rambutan… bananas…macadamia nuts…loquat and jaboticaba. Only drought-resistant trees and crops have been producing well. Ranchers in the lower Ka‘u and leeward Kohala slopes continue to operate under very […]

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USDA offering livestock assistance

USDA offering livestock assistance

MEDIA RELEASE The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced producers in Hawaii may now begin applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for crop year 2010. The USDA Farm Service Agency is committed to meeting the needs of producers who have suffered devastating losses due to a natural disaster. […]

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The Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) is asking Hawai‘i residents and businesses to be conscious of drought conditions and to help conserve water as well as prevent wildfires.  The current El Niño phenomenon created abnormally dry winter season conditions throughout the state and it is expected that dry conditions will continue through the spring season.

Hawaii residents and businesses asked to conserve water

The Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) is asking Hawai‘i residents and businesses to be conscious of drought conditions and to help conserve water as well as prevent wildfires. The current El Niño phenomenon created abnormally dry winter season conditions throughout the state and it is expected that dry conditions will continue through the spring […]

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On drought scale, parts of island hit bottom

On drought scale, parts of island hit bottom

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Contributing Editor According to the latest report, western parts of the Big Island are experiencing “exceptional” drought levels, while other parts from Ka‘u to Honokaa remain in the “extreme” category. The island that has most of the state’s agriculture now is about the driest area in the entire country. Conditions […]

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Inouye, Akaka laud assistance for drought relief

Inouye, Akaka laud assistance for drought relief

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii County, Maui County and the Kalaupapa area of Molokai have been declared agricultural disaster zones after suffering from substandard rainfall that has resulted in severe drought conditions, Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka announced. Drought conditions in the affected counties have persisted for years and resulted in crop loss, livestock […]

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