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  • Civil Defense Updates
  • Agricultural Resources
    • 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:
          • 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.
        • Farm Loan Programs manager, Linda Kow, (808) 933-8381, extension 1. Email:
      • Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture
        • Agricultural Loan Division. See website at for applications or call Gareth Mendonsa at (808) 933-9977.
      • 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.
  • Visitor Information:
    • Volcanic activity and the location of the lava flow is in an isolated area in lower Puna on the Island of Hawai‘i’s east side (approximately 30 miles from Hilo and over 100 miles from Kona and South Kohala). For your safety and to respect the residents of the area, please stay out of the area. Government officials are doing their best to keep people safe and help the affected residents stabilize their situation. The savest way to explore Hawai‘i Island volcanoes is to visit the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and follow all safety advisories issued by the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.
    • For more information and links, please visit the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Special Alert Page at 
  • 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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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 or (808) 961-8811.



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