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Also thanks to the Info Grafik team of Oren Schlieman, Tamara Moan, Jason David and Sivan Leoni for their ability to conceive and produce an elegant and comprehensive approach to presenting Hawaii's history on the web.Weeks of slow, soaking rains are helping the grass grow again on the western slopes of Maui and Hawaii islands, giving cattle ranchers hope they may at last escape a punishing drought brought on by years of below-normal rainfall.Franco is similarly careful about the Hawaiian ranching business’ prospects, noting the islands have experienced wet months in January and February in recent years only to have them followed by dry weather.Ranchers will need four or five years of average rainfall to resume operations on the same scale as before the drought, he said.Schmitt, the former state statistician and Carol Silva, the archivist, writer and teacher. Hawaii is the first site launched by Hukilau Network, a family of community-based websites designed to help set the stage for an active and informed dialogue about creating a sustainable future in Hawai`i.Mahalo to Carol Silva for her guidance and kokua and to Robert Schmitt for helping us keep the facts straight.By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service.
Last month, though, a series of cold fronts dropped rain across the entire island chain. The rain has been so good that ranchers are holding on to calves they were planning to ship to the U. mainland for feeding if January and February turned out to be dry, said Alex Franco, president of Maui Cattle Co. Drought Monitor upgraded the drought status of many areas, including Kihei, a tourist resort town on Maui, which is now considered to be under “severe drought” instead of “extreme drought.” Many other areas affected by drought have been upgraded to “moderate drought” or “abnormally dry.” Hawaii cattle ranches use about one quarter of the state’s 4 million acres, mostly on the upland slopes of Maui and Big Island volcanoes.
8, 2009 file photo, cattle stand near the Pakini Nui Wind Farm on the Big Island's south point in Hawaii.
(AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File) Weeks of slow, soaking rains are helping the grass grow again on the western slopes of Maui and Hawaii islands, giving cattle ranchers hope they may at last escape a punishing drought brought on by years of below-normal rainfall."We're pretty happy with what's happened the last couple months," said Pono von Holt, president of Ponoholo Ranch.
Rain gauges on the lower slopes of the Big Island’s west side recorded their highest January totals since 2005, according to the U. and of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council industry group. The million industry produces more than 60,000 calves each year.
Years of weak precipitation have been tough on ranchers.