An article from the Washington Post recently caught my attention. Written by Breena Kerr and Lynh Bui, it’s opening line reads “Historic, torrential April rains on the island of Kauai wiped out much of Hawaii’s taro crops — the main ingredient in poi and a staple carb of the island diet.”
So often when we hear about natural disasters and the damage they inflict upon locations and people, we fail to comprehend just how devastating these disasters are in a broader spectrum. By no means am I attempting to suggest that attention directed towards the people who lost their homes should be depleted, but something as obvious as agriculture commonly goes unnoticed when a natural disaster strikes a location.
The article goes on to discuss how “one of the state’s most active volcanoes spewed ash and lava throughout the eastern end of the Big Island, decimating more than 50 percent of the state’s papaya production and tropical flower industry” shortly after the torrential downpours in April, followed by Hurricane Lane shortly after.
The hurricane resulted in “flooding, excess moisture and pounding rains “which have the potential to lead to damage of “macadamia nut, coffee and flower harvests for farmers on the east side of the island, which bore the brunt of the storm.”
Hurricane Lane’s winds further created wildfires, which spread across hundreds of acres in Lahaina.
I wanted to bring attention to the devastation wreaking havoc upon the farming industry in Hawaii, because aside from this article, I have not seen any coverage of this awful situation. Farmers and their families are not only facing the destruction of their homes and properties, but further their crops and their only source of income.
It’s important to consider just how far devastation reaches when it strikes, hence the purpose of this post. With so much distraction occurring in our world, staying informed has never been more important.
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