Kalo farmers receive flood assistance


Kauaʻi kalo farmers who are facing losses after April’s catastrophic flooding have received financial assistance from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Waipā Foundation, which receives grant funding from OHA, facilitated the distribution of disaster relief checks to kalo farmers at its site in Hanalei in August. Hanalei farmers produce most of the wetland kalo in Hawaiʻi, but the devastating deluge on Kauai’s north shore smothered taro patches with mud and silt, which could impact the local kalo supply this year.

The $50,000 OHA earmarked for kalo farmers is in addition to the $200,000 that OHA set aside for flood-ravaged households – 58 Native Hawaiian households received disaster relief aid in June.

For information on OHA’s Kauaʻi disaster relief programs, please visit www.oha.org/kauai or contact the OHA Kauaʻi Community Outreach Center at (808) 241-3390 or email info@oha.org.

Photo: Kauaʻi kalo farmers
Kauaʻi kalo farmers still recovering from April’s devastating floods received financial assistance from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Aug. 3. – Photo: Lea Weldon/Waipā Foundation