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A survey finds most Hawaii island farmers willing to start over after Kilauea eruption, but challenges still loom

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Jan Anderson, right, and husband, Greg Braun, walked amid palms at their home Saturday in Orchidland. Her Kapoho Kai nursery was destroyed by the 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption, but she was able to move 500 plants out before inundation and is reestablishing her business on a former mac nut farm.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JULY 24

    Lava from the 2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano surrounds patches of farmland. Almost 14 square miles of Lower Puna was covered by lava, wiping out producers of papaya, ornamental flowers, nursery plants, macadamia nuts, avocados, coffee, noni, cacao, breadfruit, ginger, turmeric and more. Top, Jan Anderson and husband, Greg Braun, walked amid the plants at their Orchidland Estates home, a former macadamia farm where she is reestablishing her nursery business.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Jan Anderson, left, and husband Greg Braun prepared to feed their chickens Saturday at their new residence, a former macadamia farm in Orchidland.

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