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Local farmers welcome rain

Norman Kawauchi Norman Kawauchi

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAIMANALO (KHNL) - The steady rain did help some Windward Oahu farmers who suffer from the recent drought conditions.

After the weekend's rains, parts of the state are also hoping to see more green as island farms are at the mercy of the weather. For most of this year, there hasn't been enough rain, and that's been bad for ginger and other decorative plants.

But this week's rains have given thirsty crops a watering, and some hard working crews, much needed time off.

With more than five acres dedicated to these luscious, water hungry plants, Norman Kawauchi is thankful for the wet weather.

"The rain yesterday (Saturday) was perfect, we didn't have wind and it came down steady for about 20 odd hours, but we didn't have a downpour so the plants look nice," he said.

For most of his life, he's looked to mother nature for help, especially since recent drought conditions have put a damper on his profits.

"I'm pretty sure most of the valley people are very happy with the rain that came down for about 24 hours," he said.

Kawauchi also got a chance to relax as the rain did much of his work.

"It's a pleasure not to work everyday and like when it rains whole day yesterday (Saturday), we sit it out and enjoy the luxury a little.," he said.

The drought has forced him to not only work harder, but it has also dug into his pocket book.

That's why he and other island farmers hope to see more days like Saturday. So far, the drought has cost Kawauchi to lose at least 10 percent of his profits.

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