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Downpours disrupt work at Windward Oahu farms

Sam Houston Sam Houston
Grant Hamachi Grant Hamachi
CLifford Migita CLifford Migita

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAIMANALO (KHNL) - The heavy downpours disrupted work at most Windward Oahu farms. The showers turned into a mixed blessing for those who need them the most.

The consistent rain in Waimanalo is something Grant Hamachi and his red radishes hope to see more of.

"Right now, they're doing fine, in fact, just before the rain, it was a little too dry and with this rain it's maybe a little too wet," he said.

Current drought conditions in Windward Oahu has forced some farmers to look for different ways to water their crops.

Waimanalo farmers like Hamachi use a resovoir that's down about 50 million gallons of water. That's why they say the pouring rain is a good thing, but just to an extent.

"For working, I'm back on my plowing, I'm back on my planting and stuff, so it's causing a little difficulty," Hamachi said.

"You going accept the rain, it's part of nature," Waimanalo Agricultural Association president Clifford Migita said.

He hopes the rain stays put.

"As long as it's not heavy, torrential rain, you don't have this erosion and running water through the fields, then I think we just accept it and tolerate it, do the best you can," he said.

No crops are flooding just yet, but the soil is saturated, so more rain may mean more trouble for farmers.

Another Windward Oahu farmer, Dominic Kadooka also tells us the much needed rain is helping his corn field, even if it delays operations.

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