SBA Tops $25 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

The Hawaii Files Volcano Watch

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NEWS | PRESS RELEASE | VOLCANO WATCH

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA has approved more than $25 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents impacted by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that began May 3, 2018. According to Garfield, SBA has approved $6,532,800 for businesses and $18,476,600 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

“SBA’s disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible,” said Garfield. Businesses and residents who sustained damages are encouraged to register prior to the Aug. 13, 2018, deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov. “Don’t miss out on any assistance you may be entitled to by not registering for help. You don’t need to wait for your insurance to settle or obtain a contractor’s estimate,” she added.

SBA continues to provide one-on-one assistance to business owners and individuals at the following location on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

HAWAII COUNTY
Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)
Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, Meeting Room #3
15-3022 Kauhale St.
Pahoa, HI 96778

Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA can also lend additional funds to help business and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Hawaii County.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Aug. 13, 2018. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 14, 2019.

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Hurricane Season Started Today

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio

For most of Hawaii, the impact from the Kilauea volcano eruption is minimal at best with vog and ash being the wider problem on the Big Island over the destructive lava flows in the localized area of lower Puna.

What can be a statewide problem is a major hurricane. Hawaii enters hurricane season starting today. It is highly advisable to get your disaster preparedness kit assembled or renewed before the state is hit with a large hurricane.

From the National Weather Service comes this article:

Hurricane Season Starts Today

June 1, 2018. | PRESS RELEASE

NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center  announced there is an 80-percent chance of near- or above-normal tropical cyclone activity during the central Pacific hurricane season this year.

The 2018 outlook indicates equal chances of an above-normal and near-normal season at 40 percent each, and a 20-percent chance of a below-normal season.

For the season as a whole, three to six tropical cyclones are predicted for the central Pacific hurricane basin. This number includes tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes. A near-normal season has three to five tropical cyclones, and an above-normal season has six or more tropical cyclones.

“This outlook reflects the forecast for ENSO neutral conditions, with a possible transition to a weak El Nino during the hurricane season. Also, ocean temperatures in the main hurricane formation region are expected to remain above-average, and vertical wind shear is predicted to be near- or weaker-than-average,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., NOAA’s lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center. Bell added, “If El Nino develops, the activity could be near the higher end of the predicted range.”

El Nino decreases the vertical wind shear over the tropical central Pacific, which favors more and stronger tropical cyclones. El Nino also favors more westward-tracking storms from the eastern Pacific into the central Pacific.

This outlook is a general guide to the overall seasonal hurricane activity in the central Pacific basin and does not predict whether or how many of these systems will affect Hawaii. The hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.

“It is very important to remember that it only takes one landfalling tropical cyclone to bring major impacts to the State of Hawaii,” said Chris Brenchley, director of NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center. “As we begin this 2018 hurricane season, we advise all residents to make preparations now, by having and practicing an emergency plan and by having 14 days of emergency supplies on hand that will be needed if a hurricane strikes.”

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center continuously monitors weather conditions, employing a network of satellites, land- and ocean-based sensors, and aircraft reconnaissance missions operated by NOAA and its partners. This array of data supplies the information for complex computer modeling and human expertise, which are the basis for the center’s storm track and intensity forecasts that extend out five days.

Check the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s website throughout the season to stay on top of any watches and warnings, and visit FEMA’s Ready.gov for additional hurricane preparedness tips.

The seasonal hurricane outlook is produced in collaboration with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

 

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It’s Honokaa Western Week!

Honokaa Western Week
Honokaa Western Week starts on May 20.

The Big Island of Hawaii is open for business and the Honokaa Western Week festivities have begun. Throughout this week, Honokaa town comes to life with the celebration of its 62-year-old tradition that culminates with its annual parade, block party and 3-day rodeo. Come dressed in your spiffiest cowboy or cowgirl duds and enjoy a week of fun activities in Honokaa town, far, far away from the erupting volcanoes.

Honokaa Western Week Rodeo

It’s time for the rodeo: May 26 to 28, 2018 – Honokaa Hawaii

2014 Honokaa Western Week Parade

Everyone loves a parade including cowboys and horses. You can find all of that this coming Friday May 25 in Honokaa town.

About Honokaa Western Week (Facebook)

 

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IFA Open House This Weekend

One of the fun annual events to attend is the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy‘s annual open house. It comes up this Sunday, April 22 starting at 11:00 a.m. Free admission. Details below:

IFA Announcement Card
Check this out on April 22.
  • UH Manoa Institute for Astronomy • Open House
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 11am-4pm
  • Institute for Astronomy Headquarters
  • 2680 Woodlawn Dr.
  • Across from Noelani School, next to Manoa Public Library
  • FREE admission, FREE parking

Join us for a day of family-friendly activities and talks!

Digitalis planetarium – LEGO display by HILUG – Mindstorms Robotics – Comet making –  Air rockets – Bottle rockets – Pacific Aviation Museum – Model solar system – Sundials – Ask an Astronomer – Infrared camera – Thirty Meter Telescope VR – Solar telescopes – UH Bookstore  – Friends of the IfA – Astrophotography – Camera Obscura – Astronomy talks – and more!

Here are some photos for one that I attended a few years ago:

2015 UH IFA Open HouseSolar viewing through one of the institute’s telescopes.

2015 UH IFA Open HouseModel of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). This must be built!

2015 UH IFA Open HouseInformative stuff about the planets and solar system.

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