|A 2014 photo of drought conditions at South Point, leading to a fire. Photo by the late Isaac Davis|
pasture conditions," says the statement, noting that "a localized area of severe drought was over or near South Point." The drought level at the affected area of South Point is classified as D2 where fire danger is high; pasture conditions are very dry and poor; cattle health is poor; crops struggle; reservoir levels are low; springs dry up, mandatory water restrictions can be implemented.
lack of grasses in the area is resulting in substantial top soil erosion due to periodic strong winds. Satellite-based vegetation health data also showed deteriorating rangeland conditions in the
Humu'ula Saddle region of the island."
|USDA has declared Hawai'i County a Natural Disaster Area|
for drought, with help available to ranchers and farmers.
2014 photo by Isaac Davis
On June 28, Hawai'i County was declared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be a natural disaster
area due to drought. The declaration allows farm operators in the county to be eligible for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency.
The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on Aug.19 by NOAA Climate Prediction Center showed probabilities tilted toward below normal rainfall into mid-fall 2021. Probabilities favor near normal temperatures into mid-fall, and are tilted toward above normal temperatures late in 2021 and into early spring 2022.
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER LIZZIE STABO IS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY TODAY for the skin graft required for burns on her leg, suffered at Honu`apo on Sept. 3. Two fundraisers are bringing in assistance for her care and living expenses. Medical expenses are covered as she was on duty when injured.
|Lizzie Stabo on a parade day, with her firefighter colleagues.|
Photo from Meghan Proue
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AN ENTREPRENEUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM grant has been awarded by County of Hawai'i for Kaʻū, according to an announcement today from Nā'ālehu Main Street, Inc. Haumāna A'o 'Oihana 'O Ka'ū, Entrepreneur Mentorship / Apprentice Program is designed for Ka'ū young people who want to explore their creativity to start and operate a business, with the goal of becoming self-sufficient, self-reliant and to create more economic opportunities in the District of Ka'ū.
Entrepreneurial candidates will be matched with and work hand-in-hand with seasoned business professionals who will offer technical support, resources, guidance, motivation and inspiration to assist, those selected, in creating a successful business. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit, between the ages of 18-32, can request an application by email to NaalehuMainStreetinc@gmail.com.
NEW YOUTH DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP SESSIONS are being held by Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi. Here are the details. The sessions are free and online, every Thursday from 3 p.m.- 4 p.m.. They are open to anyone under 18 who is living with diabetes - also open to the support ʻohana.hmono.org/services or call (808) 969-9220.
OCEAN VIEW EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH holds services on Sundays at 10 a.m.. In-person services follow CDC guidelines and Hawai'i mandates by using hand sanitizer, wearing face masks, and practicing social distancing. Sermons and additional information arre posted at www.ovevangelicalcommunity.church. Contact phone numbers as well as email contact information can also be found there. The church is located at 92-8977 Leilani Circle and the church phone number is 808-939-9089.
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