Hawaii volcano kamaainas 

Frequently asked questions answered about Hawaii volcano and earthquake recovery

The Federal Assistance and Disaster Recovery Centers answer frequently asked questions about Hawaii volcano and earthquake help. Q: Does it usually take more than two months after a disaster to receive additional FEMA assistance? A disaster declaration was approved on May 8, 2018 for Public Assistance, which provides reimbursement to state and local agencies for repairs to damaged public infrastructure and costs incurred for responding to the disaster. At that time,... Read More
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Keaau Disaster Recovery Center will close on Sundays

The Keeau Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will close on Sundays beginning July 22. Weekdays, the DRC will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help Hawaii County residents who suffered losses from the Kilauea eruptions and earthquakes. The center will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at Keaau High School Gymnasium, 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd., the center is staffed by representatives of FEMA, the U.S.... Read More
Hawaii weather kamaainas 

Federal Disaster Assistance for Hawaii weather crises recovery tops $2.5 million

Recovery from the April severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides, in the City and County of Honolulu and Kaua’i County due to severe Hawaii weather is underway. On June 27, 2018, individuals and households were immediately able to begin registering for federal assistance. To date, more than $2.5 million in state and federal assistance grants to individuals and households has been approved. As of close of business Monday, July 16, nearly... Read More
kilauea volcano kamaainas 

FEMA Individual Assistance program supports Kilauea volcano recovery

Individual Assistance (IA) provides financial assistance and direct services to eligible individuals and households who have uninsured and underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. The program is intended to meet basic needs and help residents get back on their feet, important to Kilauea volcano survivors. • FEMA’s Rental Assistance is provided to the survivor to temporarily rent housing for their entire household. • Home Repair Assistance helps with essential repairs to... Read More
Hawaii overtourism Global news for Hawaii kamaainas 

Hawaii overtourism: The reality

Frank Haas is the President of Marketing Management, a consultancy focused on travel and tourism in Hawaii and internationally. Haas is the former Dean and currently lectures at Kapi‘olani Community College’s Hospitality program. His experience includes executive positions in higher education, tourism and hospitality, food service, advertising, and high technology. Haas served as Vice President and Director of Marketing for the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and was responsible for $50 million... Read More

Hawaii disaster officials caution quake damage not immediately evident

Hawaii disaster officials caution quake damage not immediately evident Residents of Hawai’i County who have felt the ground rumble beneath their homes as a result of the ongoing Kilauea eruptions and earthquakes are encouraged to look carefully for damage. Signs of earthquake damage are not immediately evident and can be cumulative. Even small quakes can cause damage. Residents should check their property periodically and document any damage. Look for: • damages... Read More
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SBA tops $10 million in Hawaii disaster assistance loans

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA has approved $10.2 million in Hawaii federal disaster loans for businesses and residents impacted by Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that began on May 3, 2018. According to Garfield, SBA has approved $989,500 for businesses and $9,211,900 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster. “SBA’s disaster assistance employees are committed... Read More
Hawaii Disaster Recovery Center kamaainas 

Advice on building back stronger available at Hawaii Disaster Recovery Center

FEMA recovery experts at the Keaau Hawaii Disaster Recovery Center are offering residents advice on building back stronger from disaster damage and tips on retrofitting to protect against earthquake damage. Whether from wind, fire, flooding or earthquake, FEMA specialists can offer advice on how to rebuild and how to prepare for multiple hazards. With a focus on the recent earthquake activity, a “continuous load path” model is on display at the... Read More
Big Island of Hawaii kamaainas 

Businesses and nonprofit organizations find low-interest disaster loans to be smart business

Businesses and nonprofit organizations on the Big Island of Hawaii are finding that applying for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration can be a smart business decision. Disaster loans provide funding for business owners (including landlords) and private nonprofit organizations with their recovery and are being used to: • Repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed property and business assets, such as equipment and inventory; • Economic... Read More
Disaster Recovery Centers kamaainas 

Disaster Recovery Centers: Hours of operation and locations will change

Some Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), established to assist Kauai and Honolulu residents in applying for benefits following April’s flooding, will merge and change their hours of operations beginning this weekend. Hanalei Elementary School in Kauai and Aina Haina Elementary School in Honolulu will remain open. Jointly operated by Kauai County, the City and County of Honolulu, the state of Hawai‘i, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Disaster Recovery Centers... Read More