Amid threats to supply chain, officials say Hawaii’s food producers need help



Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A Spartan Strong sign adorns a fence in front of Hilo Intermediate School in Hilo on Monday. Hilo schools will be continuing distance learning for the rest of the school year.

Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Hawaii County workers clean up fallen leaves in Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Monday. Most essential workers have been required to wear masks while they work.

Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A customer gets a slushie at a Texaco gas station in Hilo on Monday, April 20, 2020. Customers cannot enter the gas station without a face mask, but they can use the drive through.

The executive director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau told lawmakers Monday both COVID-19 and the upcoming hurricane season present dual threats to the islands’ food supply.