"KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Greg Colden, a farmer on Hawaii's Big Island, said he is most worried about the damage that more rain and sustained winds could do to the area as Hurricane Ignacio passes by this week.
'I'm more worried about the rain. We've had over 10 inches in August, which is an anomaly for us. The trees are saturated already, and if we get some sustained winds, they could topple. That could cause quite a bit of damage,' Colden said. He is one of the owners of Kona Natural Soap Co. in Holualoa, upslope of Kona Village on the west side of the island, and has 450 coffee trees and 1,250 cacao trees.
But he's not overly worried.
'We've gone through this so many times. Unless it whips around the island and we take a direct hit, we should be OK,' Colden said.
Colden and other Hawaii residents are calmly awaiting Ignacio on Sunday as the Category 3 hurricane comes closer to the Big Island and Maui, which are under a tropical storm watch."