Disaster bill packed with aid for Big Island, including funds for HVNP, HVO, farmers and more

  • USGS photo/file ‘A‘a lava flows emerge May 19, 2018, from the elongated fissure 16-20 form channels in Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone in Puna. The flow direction in this picture is from upper center to the lower left.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald In this Aug. 23, 2018, photo, people stand near flood waters from Hurricane Lane in Hilo.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo Piihonua resident Margaret Collins looks out over flood damage from Hurricane Lane in the Piihonua neighborhood Aug. 24, 2018, in Hilo.

The long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster relief bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday contains some “sorely needed” funds for Hawaii Island and other parts of the state struggling to recover from natural disasters.