Large wildfire decimates produce, flower crops at Waianae farm lots

Large wildfire decimates produce, flower crops at Waianae farm lots

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A large brush fire in Leeward Oahu that firefighters are still working to extinguish damaged all 17 farm lots at the state's Waianae Agricultural Park, destroying crops of tomatoes, kale and tropical flowers along with several large farm structures.

In fact, the state estimates that about 75 percent of the 150-acre park was severely burned.

"All of the farmers in that agricultural park are dealing with significant damage," said Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, a longtime Waianae egg farmer and acting chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. "Although the devastation is total on some farms, the spirit of farmers to replant and recover is as strong as ever and the department will focus on helping get everyone back into full production as soon as possible."

The state is working with affected farmers to provide assistance, including low-interest loans.

Meanwhile, firefighters remain in the area to douse hotspots. On Wednesday morning, about 95 percent of the brush fire was contained.

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