Agricultural Parks

Manages agricultural lots at Hamakua, Kahuku, Keahole, Moloka`i, Pahoa, Panaewa, Waianae, Waimanalo, 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 nine agricultural parks – four on Hawai`i Island, four on O`ahu, and one on Moloka`i. In addition, there is one agricultural park on Maui in Kula, but it is managed by the County of Maui.  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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February 16, 2024

PUBLIC NOTICE NEGOTIATION FOR LEASE AGRICULTURAL PARK LAND ON THE ISLANDS OF OAHU, HAWAII, AND MOLOKAI

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (“DOA”) is accepting applications to qualify for an agricultural lease on the Island of Oahu, Island of Hawaii, and Island of Molokai.

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter §166-11 and Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter §4-153-5, -13 & -15 the Department of Agriculture, State of Hawaii, (“DOA”), is accepting applications for an agricultural lease on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, and Molokai. Applications and information regarding the lease disposition are available Monday through Friday, (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DOA’s Agricultural Resource Management Division (“ARMD”), 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, or by calling the following toll free numbers listed by islands:  Kauai, (808) 274-3141, ext. 39473; Maui, (808) 984-2400, ext. 39473; Molokai and Lanai, 1‑800-468-4644, ext. 39473; Oahu, (808) 973-9473; or on Hawaii, (808) 974-4150.  Information is also available from the DOA’s website at http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/arm/.

Application forms (one original and one copy and attachments shall be filed with the ARMD at 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 5, 2024.  Any person who has failed to submit one original and one copy of the application and all required attachments by this date and time will not be allowed to submit a proposal.  The DOA will review applications, verify applicant qualifications and determine those qualified.  All applicants shall be notified in writing of the result of the application review.  Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the toll free number(s) above.  Each applicant shall be informed in writing as to the Applicant’s eligibility to submit a proposal.

ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANTS:

  1. Any person shall be eligible to apply if they are a (a) U.S. citizen, who has resided in the State for three years; or (b) permanent status alien who has resided in the State for five years; and (c) bona fide farmer or new farmer as defined in §4-153-1, Definitions, Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”).
  2. In the case of agricultural cooperatives, associations, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies, the residence 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 aqua culturalists.
  3. No person shall be eligible to lease agricultural lands who, during the five 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.
  4. All persons interested in applying for the available farm lot shall comply with §4-153-5, -13 & -15, HAR, Application requirements and be subject to §4-153-16 AND -17, HAR, Preference right.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

Upon notification by DOA that an applicant is qualified, DOA shall request a proposal for lease shall be submitted within 30 days after receipt of notification.  The Board of Agriculture (“BOA”) shall review all proposals received and shall accept the proposals with the best negotiated terms.  All applicants shall be contacted by the ARMD regarding the disposition of their proposals, of which the successful proposals shall be subject to the satisfactory completion of the conditions stated in §4-153-32, HAR (Additional terms and conditions).  The awardee (qualified applicant) who successfully completes all of the requirements for a lease shall pay the costs incurred in the administration of the lease disposition, pursuant to §4-153-6, 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 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(s).  In the event the conditions are not satisfactorily met within six months after a proposal is accepted, the award shall be rescinded.

Summary of Significant Lease Provisions

  1. Uses will be permitted only as shown on the parcel list.
  2. Lessee will be required to support the operations and maintenance costs of the irrigation project, as applicable. Lessee shall become a participant in an irrigation project as may be created under Chapter 167, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and abide by the irrigation project’s rules, rates and charges.
  3. No residential dwellings shall be allowed, except as approved by the BOA.
  4. Transfer, assignment or sublease of an agricultural land lease shall be only to persons or entities which satisfy qualification requirements and §4-153, 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 lot 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 of 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 laws, ordinances, rules and regulations and lease provisions.

Parcels to be disposed of:

ITEM I:  LOCATION:  Lot 7, Waimanalo Agricultural Park, 41-889 Mahiku Place, Waimanalo, Island of Oahu; 1st Div. (Oahu) 4-1-035:007; AREA:  9.983 gross acres (9.078 net useable acres); TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $11,790.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM II:  LOCATION:  Lot 4, Waianae Agricultural Park, 85-429 Piliuka Place, Waianae, Island of Oahu; 1st Div. (Oahu) 8-5-034:004; AREA:  7.484 gross acres (4.9 net useable acres); TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $2,705.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM III:  LOCATION:  Lot 1, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:001; AREA:  10.193 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $940.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM IV:  LOCATION:  Lot 3, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:003; AREA:  10.000 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $920.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM V:  LOCATION:  Lot 7, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:007; AREA:  10.000 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $920.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM VI:  LOCATION:  Lot 12, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:012; AREA:  29.166 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL: $2,100.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be  determined; USE: Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM VII:  LOCATION:  Lot 13, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:013; AREA:  25.000 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,870.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM VIII:  LOCATION:  Lot 15, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:015; AREA:  19.596 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,610.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM IX:  LOCATION:  Lot 17, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:017; AREA:  15.000 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,270.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM X:  LOCATION:  Lot 18, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:018; AREA:  5.371 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $570.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL: 1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE: Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM XI:  LOCATION:  Lot 19, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:019; AREA:  15.321 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,280.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING: To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM XII:  LOCATION: Lot 20, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:020; AREA:  10.000 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $920.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING: To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM XIII:  LOCATION:  Lot 2, Molokai Agricultural Park, Island of Molokai; 2nd Div. (Maui) 5-2-001:011; AREA:  25.304 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,290.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING: To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

The BOA has approved the acceptance of up to five (5) “back-up” proposals in the event the initial awardee fails to complete the leasing process.

The general lease conditions describing the terms and conditions, property map, lot descriptions, and Chapter 4-153, HAR, are available on the DOA’s website: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/arm/ or may be examined at the offices below:

  • 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814-2512, Tel. (808) 973-9473,
  • 16 East Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI 96720-4302 (808) 974-4150.

The disposition of lease(s) may be canceled, postponed or continued from time to time, as may be deemed necessary, by publication of notice to that effect by order of the Chairperson of the BOA. DOA reserves the right to cancel the public notice, postpone or change the date of the application deadline or any other deadlines, to reject any and all applications, including the proposals, 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.

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For more information, including language accessibility and filing a complaint, please contact HDOA Non-Discrimination Coordinator at (808) 973-9560, or visit HDOA’s website at http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/.

To request translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, or other auxiliary aids or service for this document, contact the HDOA at (808) 973-9473 or email [email protected].

Sharon Hurd, Chairperson, Board of Agriculture

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Farm Lot Maps
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Ag Park Sample Lease

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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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