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The Pu'u Mahoe cinder cone, located mauka of the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Winery along the southern slopes of Haleakala was green with foliage during a recent visit.  The site is home to the Flemming Arboretum and a variety of native and endangered plants. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Severe Drought in Hawaiʻi Ends
May 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News, Weather
 

The severe drought status that had plagued parts of the state has finally been eliminated, according to a drought information statement released today by the National Weather Service.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to be used to improve irrigation practices and crop yield at HC&S. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Weekend Rain Improves Abnormally Dry Conditions
March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News
 

Heavy rains late last week helped to improve abnormally dry conditions for the state, according to a weekly crop weather report issued by the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture.


Ranching on Maui, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Disaster Declaration Issued for Maui Drought
January 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

The declaration makes farm operators facing extreme drought conditions eligible for low interest emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency, according to Senator Schatz.


Areas prone to flooding began ponding as a heavy line of showers began making its way across Maui this afternoon.  Photo by Wendy Osher.
Wet Season Outlook Calls for “Some” Drought Recovery
November 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Maui News, Weather
 

The wet season outlook for Maui County calls for some drought recovery, according to a forecast released by the National Weather Service for the period of October 2013 to April 2014.


Upcountry Maui, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Drought-Related Water Restrictions Lifted in Upcountry, Maui
November 13th, 2013 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

Recent heavy rains and forecasts calling for more wet weather, prompted a cancellation today of the 20% voluntary water restriction that was in place for Upcountry water customers.


Upcountry water storage.  File photo.
Drought Forces Change in Upper Kula Water Source
September 5th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News
 

Water customers in Upper Kula are being taken off of the Olinda Water Treatment Facility due to near-empty conditions caused by drought in the Upcountry region.


There will be temporary lane closures along Upcountry Pi`ilani Highway between Papaka Road and the Auwahi Wind project site on Ulupalakua Ranch starting on December 10.  File photo by Wendy Osher.
Drought Watch for Upcountry Maui, 10% Conservation Urged
August 30th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News, Weather
 

The drought watch goes into effect immediately, and includes the following areas: Haʻikū, Makawao, Olinda, Hāliʻimaile, Pukalani, Ōmaʻopio/Pūlehu, Kula, Kēōkea/Waiohuli, ʻUlupalakua, and Kanaio.


Upcountry water storage.  File photo.
Special Water Rates Considered During Times of Shortage
July 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

“The methodology is to use rates as a strong push to get everyone to cut back their usage so that there’s enough for everybody.”


The Pu'u Mahoe cinder cone, located mauka of the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Winery along the southern slopes of Haleakala was green with foliage during a recent visit.  The site is home to the Flemming Arboretum and a variety of native and endangered plants. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Extreme Drought Continues on Maui and Big Island
May 10th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News, Weather
 

Areas of Maui identified in the report’s most extreme D3 classification were the southwest slope of Haleakalā including the Kīhei, Kamaʻole, and ʻUlupalakua areas.


Wailuku water tower, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Proposed Bill Would Raise Rates During Water Shortages
March 22nd, 2013 · 10 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

A controversial bill that would authorize water rate increases or other water-saving measures during times of drought and declared water shortages is up for discussion.


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