Climate Change on Kuaiwi Farm

Una practices agroforestry on most of her farm with a wide diversity of species intermingled with one another. (Leon Rosner/ special to West Hawaii Today)

Despite efforts to promote good soil drainage on a farm, the recent long rainy seasons have meant the soil stays wet and often forms puddles in crop land. (Diana Duff/ special to West Hawaii Today)

Recently, South Kona farmer, Una Greenaway, shared with me some changes she has noticed on her farm in the last few years. Kona’s summer rainy season now seems to extend into October or November, months that historically were quite dry. Some farmers have clocked over three hundred rainy days a year since late 2020. Many others, including our farmer friend Bonnie Perata, have also noticed changes brought about by what Bonnie refers to as “global confusion” based on the changing climate and politics worldwide.