Agricultural Parks

Manages agricultural lots at Hamakua, Kahuku, Keahole, Kekaha, Moloka`i, Pahoa, Panaewa, Waianae, Waimanalo I, and Kalaeloa.”

Agricultural parks are areas set aside specifically for agricultural activities to encourage continuation or initiation of such operations. The State’s Agricultural Park Program makes land available to small farmers at reasonable cost with long-term tenure.

Currently, the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture, through its Agricultural Resource Management Division, operates ten agricultural parks – four on Hawai`i Island, four on O`ahu, and one each on Kaua`i and Moloka`i. In addition, there is one agricultural park on Maui in Kula, but it is managed by the County of Maui. All of the State’s lots are presently under lease. The lessees are engaged in diversified agricultural crops or aquaculture and are small farming enterprises (under 20 acres).

Link to Frequently Asked Questions about state ag leases and how to apply.

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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 [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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The following is a list of the Agricultural Parks that are operated by the department:

Oahu

  • Waimanalo Ag Park is composed of 126 acres subdivided into 14 lots. (No available lots at this time.)
  • Waianae Ag Park is composed of 150 acres subdivided into 17 lots. (No lots available at this time.)
  • Kahuku Ag Park is composed of 225 acres subdivided into 24 lots. (No available lots at this time)
  • Kalaeloa Ag Park is composed of 10 acres subdivided into 2 lots. (No available lots at this time)

Hawaii

  • Pahoa Ag Park is composed of 553 acres subdivided into 56 lots. (No lots available at this time)
  • Panaewa Ag Park is composed of 460 acres subdivided into 28 lots. (No lots available at this time)
  • Keahole Ag Park is composed of 179 acres subdivided into 34 lots. (No lots available at this time)
  • Hamakua Ag Park is composed of 509 acres subdivided into 11 lots. (No available lots at this time)

Kauai

  • Kekaha Ag Park is composed of 158 acres subdivided into 19 lots. (No lots available at this time)

Molokai

  • Molokai Ag Park is composed of 753 acres subdivided into 22 lots. (No available lots at this time)

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