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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
  • 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.


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 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:

Farm Loan Programs manager, Linda Kow, (808) 933-8381, extension 1. 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.

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.

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


  • 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

HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VOLCANIC EMISSIONS: Recommendations from the Hawai‘i Department of Health regarding Sulfur Dioxide gas (SO2) and Fine Particulate (PM2.5) Levels.

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 or (808) 961-8811.



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