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Waipi‘o Valley Stream Restoration Study
A Collaboration of Scientists and Students

Ron crossing Wailoa after flood

The peak of the storm occurred Sunday, March 14th, around 1:00-1:30 pm at Hi'ilawe Stream, and the stream came up at least 8 feet above normal levels seen on Saturday. Even worse hit was the main stream in Waipi‘o, the Wailoa River. At least 3 people had to be rescued by helicopter from the raging waters, including a woman and infant. Fortunately nobody was hurt during this flood, but many houses were damaged.

Badly damaged taro crop

Most devastated were the Waipi‘o Valley taro farmers as they have a badly damaged crop that will be hurt by the cold mountain rainwaters and many plants were destroyed by physical effects of the floodwaters. The flood waters also completely scoured the stream channel, and now the 'auwai or channels to irrigate the taro field are in many places 6 ft above the stream where the water must come from. This means that there will be no water that is required for taro growing until the farmers can repair their irrigation system.

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