May 16, 2013 - Summer 2013 National Drought Outlook Summary. The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and its partners issue the Summer 2013 National Drought Outlook at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC.
January 9, 2013 - USDA Designates Maui and Hawaii Counties as primary disaster areas due to drought. This disaster designation makes all qualified farm operators on the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii eligible for low interest emergency loans (EM) from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met.
December 4, 2012 - The 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) 2012 report is now available. The Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA), Pacific Climate Information System (PacCIS), and Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) have collaborated with over 100 scientists and experts to support the regional contribution to the 2013 National Climate Assessment. See the report for climate change indicators and impacts in the Pacific Region.
December 4, 2012 - Record dry November at several sites in the state. National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office reports record dry November for many locations across the main Hawaiian islands
November 2, 2012 - Upper Kula Water Change Due to Drought Conditions. On or about Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Department of Water Supply will reduce the production at the Olinda Water Treatment Facility (WTF) due to the near-empty conditions of the Upper Kula reservoirs..
November 2, 2012 - Record dry October at several sites in the state. National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office reports record dry October for many locations across the main Hawaiian islands
October 26, 2012 - DWS Calls for Water Conservation Upcountry. Due to continuted dry weather conditions and low flows into the water reservoirs, Upcountry residents are reminded to voluntarily conserve water. Affected area includes Haiku, Makawao, Olinda, Haliimaile, Pukalani, Omaopio/Pulehu, Kula, Keokea/Waiohuli, Ulupalakua, and Kanaio.
September 26, 2012 - USDA Designates Kauai County as a primary disaster area due to drought. This makes farrm operators on Kauai eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. Contact your local FSA Office for more information.
July 11, 2012 - USDA Announces Streamlined Disaster Designation Process with Lower Emergency Loan Rates and Greater CRP Flexibility in Disaster Area. Also designates Honolulu, Maui, Kalawao and Hawaii Counties as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by drought. Click here to see a map.
May 7, 2012 - USDA Designates Maui County as a Primary Disaster Area due to Droughit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hawaii County in Hawaii as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by an ongoing drought that began Jan.1, 2012, and continues.
County of KauaiCounty of Kauai Department of Water
City & County of HonoluluHawaii Department of Agriculture
County of MauiMaui Department of Water Supply
County of HawaiiHawaii Department of Water Supply
Drought Information Update
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Honokaa-Paauilo Water System: no resctrictions
Water and Energy Saving Tips
Public Service Announcements
Drought (Wildfire Version A), "Use an Ashtray" (Download an audio-only mp3 file)
Drought (Wildfire Version B), "Watch for Sparks" (Download an audio-only mp3 file)
Drought (Conservation Version), "Irrigate Wisely" (Download an audio-only mp3 file)
Source: Hawaii Drought Council; Mahalo to Clifford Inn (video) and John Cummings (voiceover)