Agricultural Resource Management

The Agricultural Resource Management Division administers the development and management of key agricultural resources.

Land and water are two ingredients essential to sustaining agricultural operations. In recognition of Hawaii’s limited land and water resources, the State Department of Agriculture is charged with preserving these important resources to ensure the viability of Hawaii’s diversified agricultural industry.

Through its Agricultural Resource Management Division, the department operates the State’s Agricultural Park Program. The major objective of this program is to assist people who are interested in leasing land for farming ventures by providing irrigation water, reasonably priced farmland with infrastructure and facilities to encourage competition within the industry.

The program is composed of three separate sub-programs:

 

PROGRAM NEWS:

April 7, 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION FOR LEASE OF VARIOUS NON-AGRICULTURAL PARK LANDS, ISLAND OF MAUI

The Department of Agriculture (“DOA”) is accepting applications to qualify to bid at the public auction for seven (7) agricultural leases.  Applications and information regarding the lease disposition by auction are available on the DOA’s website at http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/arm/ or at the DOA’s Agricultural Resource Management Division (“ARMD”), 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii or by calling (808) 973-9473 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.  One original and one copy of the completed Application form shall be filed with the ARMD at 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 30, 2022.

Any person who has failed to submit one original and one copy of the application and all required attachments (including copies of all required attachments) by this date and time will not be allowed to bid. Each applicant shall be informed in writing in advance of the auction date as to the Applicant’s eligibility to bid at the public auction.

The awardee (successful bidder) shall be subject to the satisfactory completion of the conditions stated in §4-158-20, Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”), Additional terms and conditions, and subject to final Board of Agriculture (“BOA”) approval.  The awardee who successfully completes all the requirements for lease shall pay the costs incurred in the administration of the lease disposition, pursuant to §4-158-3 Fees and charges, HAR, which may include negotiation, appraisal, notices, publications, and closing costs.  A Right-of-Entry shall be issued to the awardee enabling access for the limited purpose of meeting the required conditions.

Upon successful completion of the conditions, the lease will be executed and issued; until then, the awardee shall have no real property interest in the subject lot.  In the event the conditions are not satisfactorily met within six (6) months after proposal is accepted, the award shall be rescinded.

Eligibility of Applicants:

  1. Any person shall be eligible to apply if they are a U.S. citizen who has resided in the State for at least three (3) years; or
  2. Is a permanent status alien who has resided in the State for five (5) years; and
  3. Is a bona fide farmer or new farmer as defined in §4-158-1, HAR, Definitions;
  4. In the case of agricultural cooperatives, associations, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies, the residency requirement must be met by 75% of the associates, partners, stockholders, officers, directors, and members, as applicable, who are bona fide farmers, new farmers, or qualified aquaculturalists.
  5. No person shall be eligible to lease agricultural lands who, during the five (5) years preceding the date of this notice, has had a previous sale, lease, license, permit, or easement covering public lands canceled for failure to satisfy its terms and conditions, or who is in arrears in the payment of taxes or other obligations to the State or any of its counties.
  6. All persons interested in applying for the available farm lot(s) shall comply with §4-158-27, HAR, Application requirements and be subject to §4-158-28, HAR, Preference right.

Summary of Significant Lease Provisions:  The draft of the lease document, property map, lot descriptions, and Chapter 4-158, HAR, are available on the DOA’s website or at the office listed above which all may be examined by the lessee.

  1. Uses will be permitted only as shown on the list of parcels below. “Pasture” means the conduct of livestock operation consisting of keeping cattle, primarily, and others, in a minor role, such as horses and sheep where animals graze the land for feed produced thereon, excluding poultry and swine.
  2. Lessee shall become a participant in any irrigation project to provide water to the parcels that is or may be created under Chapter 167, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and be required to support the operations and maintenance costs of the irrigation project and to abide by the irrigation project’s rules, rates, and charges.
  3. No residential dwellings shall be allowed, except as approved by the BOA.
  4. There shall be no transfer, assignment, or sublease of an agricultural land lease without prior BOA Transfer, assignment, or sublease shall be only to persons or entities which satisfy qualification requirements and §4-158-19, HAR, Lease restrictions; generally.
  5. For the purposes of this disposition, no lease shall be transferred, assigned, or subleased for the first five (5) years of the initial lease term.

Description of Land:  The lots will be leased in an “AS IS” CONDITION, without any representations or warranties made by the DOA as to the condition of the land, suitability of the land for the use permitted in the lease, and the availability water, electricity, utilities, or other infrastructure.  Water, electricity, any other utilities, real property taxes and any other expenses shall be the responsibility of the awardee.   It is the awardee’s responsibility to inspect and develop the lot in accordance with applicable state and county regulations and lease provisions.

Parcels to be disposed of include:

ITEM I:  Location:  Keokea, Kula, Makawao, Island of Maui;  2nd Div. (Maui) 2-2-004:001; AREA:  22 gross acres; Term:  35 years; Upset Minimum Annual Rental:  $180.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; Rent Reopening:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.

ITEM II:  Location:  Keokea, Kula, Makawao, Island of Maui;  2nd Div. (Maui) 2-2-004:002; AREA:  13 gross acres; Term:  35 years; Upset Minimum Annual Rental:  $100.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; Rent Reopening:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.

ITEM III:  Location:  Keokea, Kula, Makawao, Island of Maui;  2nd Div. (Maui) 2-2-004:029; AREA:  20.980 gross acres; Term:  35 years; Upset Minimum Annual Rental:  $170.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; Rent Reopening:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.

ITEM IV:  Location:  Keokea, Kula, Makawao, Island of Maui;  2nd Div. (Maui) 2-2-004:031; AREA:  139.280 gross acres; Term:  35 years; Upset Minimum Annual Rental:  $1,120.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; Rent Reopening:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.

ITEM V:  Location: Keokea, Kula, Makawao, Island of Maui; 2nd Div. (Maui) 2-2-004:066; AREA: 149.030 gross acres; Term:  35 years; Upset Minimum Annual Rental:  $1,175.00 per minimum; payable semi-annually, in advance; Rent Reopening:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.

ITEM VI:  Location:  Keokea, Kula, Makawao, Island of Maui;  2nd Div. (Maui) 2-2-005:047; AREA:  19.100 gross acres; Term:  35 years; Upset Minimum Annual Rental:  $310.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; Rent Reopening:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.

ITEM VII:  Location:  Keokea, Kula, Makawao, Island of Maui;  2nd Div. (Maui) 2-2-005:053; AREA:  223.290 gross acres; Term:  35 years; Upset Minimum Annual Rental:  $1,790.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; Rent Reopening:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.  The BOA has approved the acceptance of up to five (5) “back-up” bids in the event the awardee fails to complete the leasing process.

Public Auction Information*

DATE & TIME:  July 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM;
PLACE:   Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Maui Office, 635 Mua Street, Kahului, Island of Maui, Hawaii.

Qualified bidders or authorized representatives must be present in person at the auction and provide an original and one copy of a government-issued photo identification of a valid driver license, state identification or passport. If bidder is a business entity, a corporate resolution identifying the authorized signor must be presented.

*DOA reserves the right to cancel the public auction, postpone or change the date of the public auction or any other deadlines, to reject any and all Applications, or request the submittal of additional information, and to waive any defects, when, in the opinion of the Chairperson of the Board of Agriculture, such action will be in the best interest of the State.

Non-Discrimination Programs: The DOA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability, or any other class as protected under applicable federal or state law, in administration of its programs, or activities, and, the DOA does not intimidate or retaliate against any individual or group because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected, or oppose action prohibited, by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7, or for the purpose of interfering with such rights.

If you have any questions about this notice or any of the DOA’s non-discrimination programs, policies, or procedures, you may contact:  Morris Atta, Acting Non-Discrimination Coordinator Hawaii Department of Agriculture, 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 973-9560 hdo[email protected].  If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a DOA program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above.  To request language or accessibility for completing applications, please contact the Office of the Chairperson, at (808) 973-9560 or email: hdoa.info @hawaii.gov. Please allow sufficient time for DOA to meet accommodation requests.  Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Chairperson, Board of Agriculture.

To view a map of the parcels, click here

To download the application, click here

To view the Public Notice as published, click here

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Feb. 28, 2022

CANCELLATION OF PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATION FOR LEASE OF VARIOUS NON-AGRICULTURAL PARK LAND ISLAND OF MAUI

This public notice published on NOVEMBER 27, 2021, in the Maui News for seven (7) State of Hawaii agricultural parcels for lease, is hereby cancelled, pursuant to the rights reserved by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA).  By Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Chairperson, Board of Agriculture.

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Agricultural Water Use and Development Plan Update

An update to the Agricultural Water Use and Development Plan (AWUDP 2019 Update) is available online!

This update was developed by the Department of Agriculture in accordance with Hawaii Revised Statutes 174C-31(e).  This plan provides an update to the original AWUDP published in 2003 and revised in 2004.  Both the 2004 AWUDP, and the newly completed AWUDP 2019 Update, work together as a living document that will continue to be revised and updated in years to come.

The AWUDP 2019 Update is a tool that may be used by irrigation system managers, farmers, ranchers, planners, and others who rely on agricultural water to support diversified agriculture.  Some highlights of the AWUDP 2019 Update include:

  • Inventory of irrigation systems that were not covered in the 2004 AWUDP
  • Update of irrigation systems that were covered in the 2004 AWUDP
  • Update of the agriculture planning water demand rate and water demand forecasts
  • Short- and long-term plan to manage irrigation systems in the state

Farmers are often interested in the Agricultural Water Demand Planning Rates. In this AWUDP Update, this value is revisited through extensive data gathering and research, including additional farm surveys and historical data.  This AWUDP Update determined that multiple water demand planning rates are necessary to represent different conditions and crop types. These rates are summarized below.

  • 3,900 gpd/acre for diversified agriculture for usable acreage that is 50% planted (e.g. leafy vegetables and truck crops)
  • 7,800 gpd/acre for diversified agriculture for usable acreage that is 100% lands planted (e.g., nursery, feed, and forage crops)
  • 8,100 gpd/acre for diversified agriculture, for usable acreage that is 50% planted, under drought conditions or in dry areas.
  • 16,200 gpd/acre for diversified agriculture, for usable acreage that is 100% planted, under drought conditions or in dry areas.
  • 8,000 gpd/acre for irrigated pastures (usable acreage that is 100% planted)

Please note that these water demand rates are for statewide planning purposes for agricultural water demand.  If a specific site is being studied, a site-specific water demand analysis should be completed.

This 2019 AWUDP Update could not have been completed without the support and cooperation of the farmers, ranchers, and irrigation system owners/operators that took the time to talk with us about agriculture.  The document contains input from over a hundred different farmers across the state, and we are greatly appreciative for their input and knowledge.  The 2019 AWUDP Update would not be the same without them!

The AWUDP 2019 Update can be viewed at the following links:

Appendix A Maps 1 – 16, Chapter 3

Appendix A Maps 17-45, Chapter 3

Appendix A Maps 46- 83, Chapter 3

Appendix A Maps 84-125, Chapter 4

Appendices B – E

Appendix F – Maps F-1 to F-6

Appendix F – Maps F-7 to F-11

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Janice Fujimoto, HDOA Agricultural Resource Management Division at [email protected] or (808) 973-9473.

  • East Maui Water Systems Improvement Project
    In 2018, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature appropriated funding for capital improvement project (CIP) funding for plans, design, and construction for irrigation and water delivery systems in East Maui to support agricultural purposes.  The legislative intent was to primarily support the small farmers in East Maui in furtherance of the State’s goals of food security and self-sufficiency.In May 2019, the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture and its Project Team introduced the East Maui Water Systems Improvement Project (Project) to the community, and specifically the East Maui community.  Phase 1 of the Project entailed the Project Team meeting with key stakeholders to gather relevant input to identify and assess potential projects for HDOA’s consideration.  During this phase, we also conducted site visits of potential projects and held two public meetings to update the community and gather additional input.Based upon the community engagement, the Project Team conducted site assessments for the potential projects, taking into consideration the feasibility of completing each proposed project based upon a matrix of key factors.  The Project Team prepared a prioritization matrix to assist HDOA in determining which proposed projects should proceed to the design phase.  We are currently in the design and regulatory process phase to ensure timely use of the CIP funds.This process is detailed in the East Maui Water Systems Improvement, Proposed Project Summary Report dated December 16, 2019: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/arm/files/2020/01/East-Maui-Water-Systems-Improvement-Proposed-Project-Summary-ReportCompressed.pdfShould you have any questions, please contact Janice Fujimoto with HDOA at 808-973-9473 or via email at [email protected]. or Dawn Chang with Kuiwalu at [email protected].
  • Hamakua North Hilo Agricultural Cooperative – The HNHAC subleases state agricultural lands and manages about 100 small farms in the Pauuilo-Honokaa area. Go to the HNHAC website for more information on farm leases.

 

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Molokai Irrigation System

REPORTS:

  • Map 1 East Kauai Irrigation System
  • Map 2 Kekaha Ditch Irrigation System
  • Map 3 Kokee Ditch Irrigation System
  • Map 4 Pioneer Mill Irrigation System
  • Map 5 Waiahole Ditch Irrigation System
  • Map 6 Lower Hamakua Ditch Irrigation System
  • Map 7 Molokai Irrigation System
  • Map 8 Upcountry Maui Irrigation System
  • Map 9 Waimanalo Irrigation System
  • Map 10 Waimea Irrigation System
  • Map 11 East Maui Irrigation System
  • Map 12 Kauai Coffee Irrigation System
  • Map 13 West Maui Irrigation System