Floods destroyed 12 acres of crops at Nalo Farms

WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nalo Farms suffered serious crop damage after thunderstorms flooded several parts of eastern Oahu on Friday night.

The Waimanalo-based farm lost fencing, crops, and irrigation supplies in the floods. According to Nalo Farms, the torrential rains put their vegetation under 4 feet of water.

"The whole 12 acres that we have here, we're just going to have to reset and start basically from square one," said Dillan Hanawahine, operations manager at Nalo Farms.

Nalo Farms supplies produce and ingredients for several popular restaurants including Side Street Inn, Alan Wongs and Nicos.

"From the second the soil can dry, we can get in there and plow and finish cleaning up," Hanawahine said. "We're probably going to be a month out of just nothing."

Areas in Waimanalo, Kailua, Aina Haina and Hawaii Kai were hit the hardest by Friday's heavy rains. HFD responded to more than 40 weather-related emergencies in those areas on Friday night.

Many homes, roads and parking structures were devastated by the severe weather leaving several residents to recover through the weekend.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, Nalo Farms set up a GoFundMe account to raise funds to cover some of the crop damage caused by heavy rains over the past two months. They're trying to reach $100,000 to help restore the farm.

"You get that feeling of devastation from all the loss, but you gotta pick yourself back up and get back into it," Hanawahine said.

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