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.