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DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

East Hawai‘i: 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1301, Hilo, HI 96720 | (808) 961-8366 | Fax: (808) 935-1205

West Hawai‘i: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg C, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 | (808) 323-4700

Email: chresdev@hawaiicounty.gov


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DESCRIPTION: The mission of the department is to provide pro-active leadership, enhancing the quality of life, and sustainability of Hawai‘i Island communities through programs related to: agriculture, energy, tourism, economic development, community development, and film.

Research and Development Management


2018 LAVA EVENT INFORMATION

CIVIL DEFENSE UPDATES

Business Recovery Information

Meet with FEMA and SBA representatives at the Disaster Recovery Center in Kea‘au. Please refer to the County’s Kīlauea Eruption Information Resources webpage for current Disaster Recovery Center information and directons.

Online resources:

Learn about disaster assistance and/or register for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

See the SBA Disaster Declaration Details webpage for a fact sheet about SBA Disaster Loans and a directory of business assistance services.

Apply online for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and renters.

2018 Kilauea Eruption- Preliminary Damage Assessment Report: Business owners who have experienced financial losses or other negative impacts either directly or indirectly because of the current eruption, should complete the Preliminary Damage Assessment Report Form. IMPORTANT: Before filling out the PDF fillable form - please FIRST save the blank form to your hard drive or device and then complete and save the form. Filling out the form directly online will result in a blank form.

AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES

Disaster Emergency Resources Meeting Notice, June 15, 2018

State Department of Agriculture Emergency Loans: The Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture has announced the availability of disaster-related emergency low-interest agricultural loans until June 2019, for farmers suffering damage due to the current volcanic activity. The Hawai‘i Department of of Agriculture’s Agricultural Loan Division will process loan applications based on past farm production, projected cash flow and disaster recovery plans. For additional information on this disaster loan program and microloan opportunities, please see the announcement and the Agricultural Loan Division website http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/agl/ or call Gareth Mendonsa at (808) 933-9977.

Notice to Puna evacuees who need a place to board their horses, the Panaewa Equestrian Center on Stainback Highway, has some stalls available. Owners are responsible for the feeding, watering and care of their animals. Contact Pam Mizuno at 959-7224 for details.

Notice to farmining and livestock producers affected by the Puna eruption, the following agencies and programs can be contacted for disaster assistance and loans.

Farm Service Agency, USDA

County Executive Director, Lester Ueda, (808) 933-8381, extension 2. Email: Lester.Ueda@hi.usda.gov.

Farm Loan Programs manager, Linda Kow, (808) 933-8381, extension 1. Email: Linda.Kow@hi.usda.gov

NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program) provides financial assistance to producers from low yields or crop losses due to natural disaster. Must already be in the program.

ECP (Emergency Conservation Program) provies emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disaster.

ELAP (Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish Program) provides assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm raised fish losses due to natural disaster. ELAP covers losses that are not covered under other disaster assistance programs.

TAP (Tree Assistance Program) provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, brushes and vines lost by natural disaster.

Emergency Loan Program provides emergency loans to help eligible producers recover from production and physical losses due to natural disasters. Inquire also about our micro loans and operating loans.

The Kohala Center: The Hawai‘i Food Producers Fund provides 0% interest loans to Hawai‘i food producers through Kiva. The Kohala Center, with support from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture and the County of Hawai‘i, created the Fund to increase the amount of capital available to local food producers and stimulate local food production in Hawai‘i.

Real Property Tax FAQs Regarding Agriculture Use Properties Affected by the East Rift Zone Eruption.

CTAHR Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center (ADSC) will be conducting free soil and water testing to those affected by the volcano eruptions. To submit a sample for analysis, take it to any of the Cooperative Extension Service office. The Hilo office is located in the Komohana Research and Extension Center, 875 Komohana Street, and can be reached by calling (808) 981-5199

How to take a soil test sample information.

How to take a water test sample inforamtion

Concerns might be acidity and lead (Pb) in catchment water, and heavy metals in soil. List of heavy metals analyzed by ADSC are in the price list: https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/site/downloads/adsc/price_list.pdf

Another health concern might be mercury (HG), and ADSC doesn’t analyze for that. Here is the link to an abstract that provides some details of effects of volcanic eruptions on environment and health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18063533

VISITOR INFORMATION: See statement from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS ARE SAFE FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS AIRPORTS - ACCOMMODATIONS AND ACTIVITIES ARE OPEN STATEWIDE

Hawai‘i is Open for Business: There is absolutely no reason for visitors planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands to change or alter their leisure or business plans.

Air Access: All flights into the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally.

Accommodations and Activities: All accommodations, activities and attractions throughout the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai‘i.

Remote Location on the Island of Hawai‘i’s East Side: None of the Hawaiian Islands are affected by Kīlauea volcano except a remote area along the Lower East Rift Zone on the island of Hawaii’s east side, Kīlauea Summit and surrounding areas.

Kīlauea Summit Activity: Steam and ash outbursts from Halema‘uma‘u crater are occurring in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (approximately 40 miles away from the Lower East Rift Zone) and being monitored. This is a natural occurrence as rocks fall into the crater and magma interacts with the groundwater (water table).

Air Quality: Air quality remains largely unchanged with this situation. However, air quality near where the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai‘i is occurring can be hazardous (SO2-sulfur dioxide) and light ash fall may be present. Officials are continuing to monitor air quality.

For more information and links, please visit the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Special Alert Page at http://hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/

Donations: Donors interested in supporting relief efforts may contact the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Hawai‘i Island Volcano Recovery Fund. The fund will provide grants to local organizations who are bringing relief to communities that have been impacted by the volcano eruption including assistance to residents who have been displaced from their homes.

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Hawai‘i County Wins National Climate Protection Award - Press Release

Kapulena Agriculture Park

Kapulena, Hāmākua District,  Hawai‘i
TMK: (3) 4-7-005:001, 002 & 003
(3) 4-7-006:005, 006, 007, 010, 020

The County of Hawai‘i has 1,300 acres available for lease at the Kapulena agricultural park located in Kapulena Meadows, mauka of the Upper Cane Haul Road. The property is currently fallow former sugarcame land overgrown with Guinea grass, ironwood trees and other invasive weeds.

The elevation of the park ranges between 1,000 to 2,000 feet and the temperature ranges between 71-76 degrees Fahrenheit. Average rainfall is 70 inches and there is no other existing source of water. Slope ranges from 10-35%. Possible uses: Cattle ranching, orchard and truck crops, flowers and forestry.

Please contact Glenn Sako at Glenn.Sako@hawaiicounty.gov or (808) 961-8811.

 

 

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