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    Recalling Kona's catastrophic drought

    It seemed long ago and far away. The road led through the cinder cones to a little ranch below the volcano.
    We prayed the volcano would not erupt and destroy what little peace and tranquility we had found. We were far from the droughts of Alberta (2002 and 2009 were 140 year drought events in Western Canada) to lush grasslands and abundant rains.
    It was hot, but the volcano brought fresh springs fed by monsoons and trade winds even in summer.
    It was a little bit of heaven for a little while, but time has a way of changing all things.
    As you will note the West Hawaii today cover of 2012, drought brought many changes to Kona.
    That same road you see on the news paper cover is the road in photo number three. It is called Saddle Road.
    And the lush grass in photo number four, of Hualailai Volcano was destroyed by the same drought.
    The land, the grass, the vegetation were wiped out by
    this great drought. A lot of dreams dried up and blew away as well. We were afraid the volcano would erupt but before that could happen a freak drought destroyed everything on Kona's shores.
    Life has a way, when you try and arrange it, of making a mess of the best laid plans. Everyone heard of the great US mid-west drought this past year where millions endured catastrophe, but little ever made the media regarding Kona's drought.
    I had a friend who leased the Mauna Kea Ranch on Kona and he had similar experiences. In trying to escape BSE and drought in Canada he encountered financial ruin running the Mauna Kea ranch on Kona.
    Sometimes its best to endure a known hardship on home ground than to venture afar to shores and cultures and evils unknown. "Better the evils you know than the one's you don't." There was a world of experience penned in that quote.
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