Tuesday afternoon firefighting focused north and south of Kawaihae Harbor with evacuations ordered at Kohala Estates, Kohala Ranch, Kohala By the Sea and Kohala Waterfront. That brush fire was estimated to have burned approximately 1,800 acres. Akoni Pule Hwy, going up the Kohala coast, was closed from mile marker 6 to mile marker 16. At 6:30 p.m., evacuation orders were lifted in all but portions of Kohala Ranch. A fire in Waimea was burning but contained.
Acting Gov. Sylvia Luke issued an emergency proclamation given the fires on this island and Maui. In Lahaina, where numerous historic buildings, shops, accommodations, and homes were destroyed, at least a dozen people jumped into the water to escape the fire and were rescued with the help of the Coast Guard.
The emergency proclamation also authorizes actions by the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency director and Emergency Management administrator and expenditure of state general revenue funds for relief.
In addition to wildfires, damaging winds are reported across Hawai‘i Island resulting in downed trees and utility lines and road closures.
The National Weather Service Red Flag Warning for Kaʻū, South Kohala and North and South Kona, remains in effect through Wednesday.
Civil Defense asks the public to "Please avoid any outdoor activities that involve the use of fire or a fire ignition source."
|Rep. Jill Tokuda at the recent Farm Bureau Western|
Regional meeting, sponsored by Hawai‘i Farm Bureau.
Photo from Tokuda
|President of Hawai'i Farm Bureau Randy Cabral|
lives on a ranch in Kaʻū. Photo from HFB
League of Conservation Voters also endorsed Hawai‘i Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is up for reelection in 2024. Sen. Brian Schatz will be up for reelection in 2028.
Tokuda also spoke at the recent Farm Bureau's Western Regional Conference, as the guest of the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau. She said that the work that Hawai‘i Farm Bureau does "to support ag in Hawaiʻi and your advocacy nationally is inspiring. We need to work hard to support our farmers, ranchers, and producers who put food on our tables and make sure everyone understands that #FoodSecurityisNationalSecurity."
The statewide Hawai‘i Farm Bureau President is Randy Cabral, who lives on a ranch in Kaʻū and formerly managed thousands of acres of macadamia nuts and processing, also in Kaʻū.
THE PUBLIC CAN OBSERVE A MEETING OF GOV. JOSH GREEN'S EMERGENCY AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORKING COMMITTEE. Along with its Chief Housing Officer Nani Medieros, the Beyond Barriers Working Group will hold a kickoff meeting this Friday, Aug. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. A statement from the Governor on Tuesday says, "The public is welcome to view the meeting virtually via the Office of the Governor Facebook Page."
The statement says the meeting is the "launch and orientation of the Build Beyond Barrier Working group. Because of this, no project applications will be considered. While not subject to the State Sunshine Law, the Office of Housing under Governor Josh Green, M.D., is committed to a transparent process."
The Governor's statement says, "As set forth in the Governor's Emergency Proclamation on Housing, the BBBWG will accomplish the expedient development of affordable housing, stewarding projects through the development process."
|Athletic groups like ‘Ohana Flag Football this summer can reserve ballfields, gyms and |
other facilities in Kaʻū through Department of Parks & Recreation. Photo by Mark Peters
Friday 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. See Nā‘ālehu Community Center Program Guide.