|A rushing stream in Wood Valley on Sunday during the waves of rain that passed through Kaʻū.|
Photo by Izaskun Levy
|Flooded road in Wood Valley on Sunday.|
Photo by Izaskun Levy
"Due to the Flood Watch and Warning the following are in effect:
"All Residents in flood prone areas are asked to remain alert for flooding conditions. Be prepared for sudden road closures, possible landslides, downed trees, and utility disruptions. Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot. Turn around don't drown. If lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.
"A Wind Advisory for Hawai'i Island remains in effect through Monday for winds from the southerly direction with gusts up to 50 mph. Winds this strong can bring down trees and cause road closures and utility disruptions. County and utility crews are responding to calls for downed utility lines and for other assistance. Please be patient as impacts are still occurring."
Due to the severe weather Civil Defense encourages all non-essential outdoor activity and travel be suspended until conditions improve.
|Waters from Wood Valley rush past Pāhala on Sunday to flow under Pa'a'au Bridge at Hwy 11. Photo by Julia Neal|
THE GOVERNOR, HAWAI'I'S TWO SENATORS AND TWO CONGRESSMEN APPEALED TO THE U.S. NAVY on Sunday to end the operation of its Red Hill fuel storage that sits 100 feet above an aquifer that serves as a source for dinking water for hundreds of thousands of people, including the community of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on O'ahu. A joint statement from Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, Rep. Kai Kahele and Rep. Ed Case
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro is in Hawai'i to participate in Tuesday's commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor 80 years ago. He joined a town hall meeting on Sunday, and heard people who say they have become sick from the contamination of fuel in their water and worried about their future. The Navy Secretary promised to fix the problem and told them, "I hear you loud and clear."
|Meadow Gold is bringing back its Lani Moo promotional|
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GROWING FEED FOR DAIRY CATTLE CAN HELP REBUILD HAWAI'I'S DAIRY INDUSTRY; in addition, plant based milks like macadamia can become new Hawai'i products, says the Managing Member of Meadow Gold, Hawai'i's Dairy. Bahman Sadeghi, who bought Meadow Gold's assets in 2020, is planning to expand its production facility in Hilo.
With experience in the business of dairy farming and shipping milk to Hawai'i, he said feed is too expensive to import. He said he believes feed can be grown, leading to more local dairy cows producing milk for the islands.
For locally produced milk, the company is now dependent on Cloverleaf, in Hawi, the sole commercial dairy farm in Hawai'i. With production at Cloverleaf equivalent to a small percentage of milk consumed across the state, Meadow Gold imports most of its milk from the mainland.
Meadow Gold is already expanding its product line. In late November, Meadow Gold launched a Chocolate Milk in gallon and half gallon containers. In addition to milk and ice cream, made here and on the mainland, Meadow Gold is is known for producing Pog.
The company plans to invest about $3 million to double the size of its Hilo processing plant, which serves the entire state; expand its workforce to up to 50 employees and increase milk production, ice cream and other dairy product production. It also plans to offer more plant based products, including a
macadamia milk. Up to $ 6 million in additional processing equipment is also projected.
The plan for Meadow Gold's future is described in a draft Environmental Assessment that is open for public comment through Dec. 23. The location of the state-owned, Industrial zoned land is Kanoelehua Industrial Area at Railroad and Leilani in Hilo, where the Meadow Gold processing plant operates. The plan is to expand the facility to 1.6 acres of 35.18 acres leased from the state. See the Draft EA on the Sate of Hawai'i's Office of Environmental Quality Control at http://oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/Doc_Library/2021-11-23-HA-DEA-Meadow-Gold-Expansion.pdf.
KAʻŪ COFFEE MILL & VISITOR CENTER. Buy online at kaucoffeemill.com and in person at 96-2694 Wood Valley Road, daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.