DLNR provides emergency cinder resource vital for tropical floral businesses on Big Island

  • The Department of Land and Natural Resources located an alternative source of cinder on Hawaii Island at the Pu'unene cinder pit. (DLNR/Courtesy Photo)

Recent volcanic eruptions on the Big Island have forced the sole source of black cinder to vacate its harvesting plant, jeopardizing the island’s tropical floral business, a major economic industry in East Hawaii. These businesses provide plants and flowers to stores for sale statewide and out-of-state exports.