2014 First Hawaiian Bank Business Outlook Forum & General Membership Meeting

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President's Message | September 2014 | The Aftermath of Iselle

Tropical Storm Iselle left her mark on the east side of the Big Island the night of August 7, devastating a large portion of the southeast end of our island. Today, almost a month later, we still have residents repairing damage to their homes caused by the storm. Images of the storm were sad with folks losing their homes in Kapoho to the storm surge, other homes getting crushed by huge Albizia trees and many residents trapped by fallen trees and power lines. We also saw the devastation to our farmers with many losing their entire crop. I spoke to macadamia nut farmers who indicated losses to their orchards could easily number in the thousands. We saw entire Papaya orchards completely wiped out. The ornamental and foliage farmers didn’t fare any better—many losing acres and acres of shade houses and sustaining significant damage to their delicate crops.

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