|Large flames engulf pasture lands along Hwy 11 next to the Ann Fontes farm. Photo from Hawai`i County Fire Dept.|
|Rims and skulls burned by the fire. |
Photo by Ralph Gaston
She reported the damage, describing Godofredo Miranda's 5.7 acre farm: One third is good and the rest was in the path of the fire. "Cherries in the burned area are cooked," Camba said.
| Makai fire below Pahala yesterday, seen from coffee farms that were spared. |
Photo by Ralph Gaston
|Sign melts along Hwy |
11 near Pahala.
Photo by Ralph Gaston
|Firefighters from around the |
state help fight the fire along
Hwy 11 near Pahala.
Photo from Hawai`i
County Fire Dept.
Cabral said ML is surveying orchards and adding up the damages. When macadamia trees die, the losses go on for years and years as it takes many years for macnut trees to mature and become productive, should they have to be replanted.
|Fire burns through lands makai of|
Hwy 11 and Pahala.
Photo from Hawai`i County Fire Dept.
At Ka`u Hospital, the Emergency Room reopened last night after being closed since Monday when flames jumped the highway, skipped up Kamani Street and scorched the grass makai of the main building along Hwy 11. This morning, evacuated patients remained with their hospital beds inside Na`alehu Community Center, while health officials hoped for air quality to improve in Pahala so they could move patients back to Ka`u Hospital. Ka`u Hospital Administrator Merilyn Harris said she plans to reopen the Ka`u Rural Health Clinic and the hospital laboratories tomorrow. The crew is cleaning up soot and trying to improve the air quality before patients return.
She said the air "is really smelling like a barbecue in here." A project to make windows airtight and to install air conditioning and air cleaning is expected to begin at the end of summer. Had the improvements been made before the fire, "we probably would not have evacuated," she said.
|Pa`au`au gulch burned and the fire jumped Hwy 11, threatening Ka`u|
Hospital and homes. Photo by John Cross
Yesterday, police limited travel up Wood Valley Road, as smoke filled the land mauka of Pahala through Keaiwa and into the valley. Ka`u Coffee Mill on Wood Valley Road sent some employees home and others to water down its makai lands along Hwy 11.
The U.S. government’s air quality website Airnow showed particulates in the orange level yesterday and this morning and advised that people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Ironically, the SO2 level, which is the usual air quality concern in Pahala, was very low.
Firefighters traveled from county and volunteer units around the state as well as Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Heavy equipment operators and farmers helped in building firebreaks and watering down dry lands as the fires approached buildings, farms and ranched.
|Gov. Abercrombie signs a bill that could help Hawai`i fight against pests |
and diseases that impact bee populations around the state.
Photo from Gov. Abercrombie's Flickr account
The bill, HB 2100, releases $30,000 to the University of Hawai`i system for beehive research in collaboration with Hawai`i Department of Agriculture. The bill focuses attentions on four islands: Hawai`i, Maui, O`ahu and Kaua`i. Throughout the state, there has reportedly been significant hive loss attributed to the varroa mite, small hive beetle and other diseases. As bees are necessary to pollinate many crops, loss of beehives threatens the agricultural economy on all islands.
|State funding aims at helping bees to recover |
from pest and disease.
Photo from Big Island Video News
“Bees are particularly important as pollinators for our macadamia nut and coffee industries; bee-pollinated crops contribute about $106 million to our local economy,” Abercrombie said. “The University of Hawai`i is leading research to protect many of Hawai`i’s own native pollinators, including seven species of yellow-faced bees that are candidates for the endangered species list.”
Abercrombie added that, “by marking Hawai`i Pollinator Week in conjunction with National Pollinator Week, our state is helping to create a positive ‘buzz’ around bees and promote bee health as a vital component to healthy food systems and natural ecosystems.”
UH Hilo has been offering an introductory course on beekeeping for more than 20 years, and now also offers an advanced beekeeping course that allows students to build upon their acquired skills with independent projects that include research and creative activities.
The 2012-13 Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Annual Catch Limit, for the Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 bottomfish, is expected to stay the same as the 2011-12 fishing year, at 346,000 lbs as no new information or stock assessment for this fishery has been provided.
The US Pacific Territory Bigeye Tuna and Other Highly Migratory Species Catch Limits will also be discussed along with Congressional legislation regarding the management of Highly Migratory Species.
|Loggerhead turtles could be accidentally taken in larger |
numbers by fishing boats. Photo by Vance Miller
The Council’s Standing Committees will review the recommendations on June 25 at the Council office. Full Council will take action June 26-28 in Honolulu and transmit their recommendations to the US Secretary of Commerce for final approval. For full agendas and more details, visit wpcouncil.org/meetings.
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK hosts two musical events today. Kenneth Makuakane shares original songs from his latest albums, The Dash, White Bath Tub, Makuakane and other award-winning composition at 10 a.m. on the lanai of Kilauea Visitor Center. At 6:30 p.m., Aloha Festivals Hawaiian falsetto contest winner Kai Ho`opi`i shares music of his `ohana at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The events are free, and park entrance fees apply.