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Drought has caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage in Hawaii in the past 20 years. A particularly severe event from 2007-2014 was especially damaging to ranching in the state.

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Several islands across the state are facing drought conditions this summer – especially parts of Maui County and Hawai’i Island. More severe drought is plaguing parts of India, where several major cities are reporting water shortages. And now drought is on its way to Thailand.

The Conversation: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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Drought, Water Usage Challenges on Maui and Big Island; Memoir of a Christian Abortion Provider; Asia Pacific Dance Festival

State Braces For Active Wildfire Season in Hawaii

May 16, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Little rainfall and an ongoing drought suggests that Hawai‘i is in for a hot, dry summer. It’s also stoking concerns that the islands will experience a busy fire season.

Back in March, Joseph Momoa was heading home to Nānākuli. As soon as he stepped out of his truck, he knew something was wrong: he could smell it.

“When I turned around and faced the mountain, there was a cloud of smoke coming over the top,” said Momoa.”I knew the wind was coming around this area and sweeping over to my side. I was thinking this fire’s going to be here in about five minutes.”

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Stirling Noyes / Flickr

Coffee can be a challenging crop—whether it’s grown here in Hawai‘i or anywhere else in the world. And while local farmers are battling the borer beetle…in parts of Asia, the enemy is the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

More than half of Hawai‘i’s population is currently living under drought conditions. That’s according to the latest weekly reading from the U.S. Drought Monitor—put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But in parts of the Asia Pacific, conditions remain much worse. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr Commons

  Spring arrives a week from Thursday. And while this winter has seen fairly typical weather in Hawaii, that’s not the case everywhere. Many parts of the mainland have had a severe winter, and in Southeast Asia, there’s still a lingering drought. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / vipnyc

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of Hawaii is currently in a state of drought. One area that’s feeling the heat is the local beef industry. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a rancher on Maui and has this report.

The recent brush fire in North Kona is the latest reminder that drought remains a problem for many areas around the state. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked about the dry conditions with an expert from the National Weather Service.