Public Notices

Nov. 20, 2020

HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Notice of Interim Rule Designating Maui and Hawaii Islands as Coffee Leaf Rust Infested Areas and Subject to Quarantine

On November 17, 2020, pursuant to interim rule, the Chairperson of the Board of Agriculture (Chairperson) designated Maui and Hawaii Islands as areas infested by coffee leaf rust (CLR), Hemileia vastatrix.  This authorizes the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Plant Quarantine Branch (PQB) to restrict the movement of coffee and other CLR carriers from Maui and Hawaii Islands, effective November 20, 2020.

The HDOA is authorized to establish interim rules when the importation or movement of any flora or fauna, in the absence of effective rules, creates a situation dangerous to public health and safety or to the ecological health of flora or fauna present in the State which is so immediate in nature as to constitute an emergency.   Due to recent findings of CLR in multiple locations on Maui, including Haiku and Ulupalakua, and detections on the west side of Hawaii Island, and after a finding by the Advisory Committee on Plants and Animals on November 13, 2020 that the movement of coffee plants and other CLR carriers constitutes an emergency, it was determined that island-wide quarantines for Maui and Hawaii Islands are necessary to prevent the further spread of CLR to other islands not known to have this destructive pest.

The designation of Maui and Hawaii Islands as CLR-infested areas means that the movement of coffee and related CLR-carrier material from Maui and Hawaii Islands are subject to the quarantine restrictions specified in interim rule 20-1.  Among other things, the movement or transportation of coffee plants and parts, including green (unroasted) coffee beans, used coffee bags, and used coffee harvesting, processing or transporting equipment, from a CLR-infested area to an area that is uninfested, is prohibited except by permit issued by the HDOA.  A permit may be issued by the PQB chief (chief) for the transportation of a commodity or item listed in the preceding sentence with conditions established by the chief appropriate for each of the following circumstances, and subject to safeguards and/or treatments established by the chief, including double-bagging in thick, transparent, non-permeable plastic bags that are sealed and labeled: (1) coffee beans for roasting, or other non-propagative plant parts, that are shipped to an approved facility located in an uninfested area that is located at least two miles away from a commercial coffee growing area, or are subjected to a treatment approved by the PQB chief; (2) plants from HDOA certified nurseries, green coffee beans for roasting, or other non-propagative plant parts, that are transshipped through an uninfested area of the State with a final destination outside of the State; (3) previously used equipment for harvesting, processing or transporting coffee plants or plant parts that has been subjected to treatments and/or mitigation measures approved by the chief; (4) coffee plants and plant parts for scientific or diagnostic purposes at a PQB approved facility, provided the contents and packing materials used for shipping are subjected to a treatment approved by the PQB chief after the contents are unloaded; (5) coffee plants, beans for roasting, other non-propagative plant parts, used coffee bags, and previously-used coffee harvesting, processing, or transporting equipment, that are shipped between infested areas; and 6) for limited quantities of coffee plants for propagation from an infested area to a non-infested area, subject to a one-year quarantine in a state-run facility, provided that the Board of Agriculture may reduce the quarantine period.  In addition, the chief is authorized to approve treatments, safeguards, and mitigative measures as they are scientifically validated and may revise permit conditions accordingly, as necessary to prevent movement of the CLR to uninfested areas and to preserve the quarantine.

Export (out-of-state) shipments of coffee plants and plant parts, green coffee beans, used coffee bags, or other CLR carriers are not subject to quarantine restrictions, provided that they are exported directly from a CLR infested area and are not transshipped through a CLR uninfested area in the State.  This interim rule does not affect the movement of roasted coffee.

Under the designation of Maui and Hawaii Islands as CLR infested areas, the movement of green (unroasted) coffee, coffee plants and plant parts, used coffee bags, and used coffee harvesting, processing or transporting equipment from CLR infested areas, i.e., from Maui or Hawaii Island to Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, or Kauai will require a permit.  HDOA’s Plant Intrastate Rules, Chapter 4-72, Hawaii Administrative Rules, provides that the chief may authorize the transportation of an untreated infested commodity to an island or area where the pest is known to be established.  As it is still important to limit the spread of CLR on an island designated as CLR infested, permits for shipments between CLR infested areas will require appropriate safeguards, such as bagging requirements.

The quarantine restrictions apply to all Maui and Hawaii Island coffee growers, distributors, and roasters, and to any individual or entity that transports coffee and related CLR carrier material from Maui or Hawaii Island.

The Interim Rule may be viewed and downloaded at: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Final-Interim-Rule-20-1-Nov.20.2020.pdf

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Aug. 7, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATION FOR LEASE
OF WAIANAE AGRICULTURAL PARK
AND PAHOA AGRICULTURAL PARK
ISLANDS OF OAHU AND HAWAII

The Department of Agriculture (“DOA”) is accepting applications to negotiate for agricultural leases.  Applications and information regarding the lease disposition are available at the DOA’s Agricultural Resource Management Division (“ARMD”), 1428 South King Street, Honolulu and 16 East Lanikaula, Hilo, or by calling the following toll free numbers from:  Kauai, 274-3141, ext. 39473; Maui, 984-2400, ext. 39473; Molokai and Lanai, 1‑800-468-4644, ext. 39473; or on Oahu, (808) 973-9473 and Hawaii, (808) 974-4147 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.  Information is also available on the DOA’s website at https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/arm/.

Application forms shall be filed with the ARMD at 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 no later than 3:00 p.m., September 21, 2020.  The DOA will review all 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.

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 3 years; or
  2. Is a permanent status alien who has resided in the State for 5 years; and
  3. Is a bona fide farmer or new farmer as defined in §4-153-1, Definitions, Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”).
  4. 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 aquaculturalists.
  5. No person shall be eligible to lease agricultural lands who, during the 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 §4-153-5, 13 & 15, HAR, Application requirements and be subject to §4-153-16, HAR, Preference right.

Submission of Proposal

Upon notification by DOA that an applicant is qualified, 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 proposal 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 the requirements for 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 6 months after proposal is accepted, the award shall be rescinded.

Summary of Significant Lease Provisions

  1. Uses will be permitted only as shown on the list of parcel(s).
  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 §4-153-33, 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(s)

The lot(s) have access via paved roads; irrigation water and/or potable water service, telephone, electricity and other utilities shall be the responsibility of the awardee.  The lot(s) will require clearing and grading before any agricultural activity can commence and will be leased on an “as is” basis.  It is the awardee’s responsibility to inspect and develop the lot(s) in accordance with applicable county regulations and lease provisions.

Parcels to be disposed of include:

ITEM I:

LOCATION:    Lot 1, Waianae Agricultural Park, 85-681 Piliuka Place, Waianae, Island of Oahu; 1st Div. (Oahu) 8-5-034:001; AREA:  5.042 gross acres (2.7 net useable acres); TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $2,303.00 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 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 III:

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:  $930.00 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 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:  $930.00 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 11, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:011; AREA:  30.000 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $2,350.00 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:  $2,350.00 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:  $2,020.00 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:  $1,640.00 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:  $1,310.00 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:  $680.00 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 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:  $930.00 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 62, Pahoa Agricultural Park, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-5-116:062; AREA:  13.428 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,190.00 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 or may be examined at the office below:

1428 South King Street, Honolulu, HI  96814-2512                    Tel. (808) 973-9473

16 East Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI  96720-4302                          Tel. (808) 974-4147

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.

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 applications for DOA agricultural leases, please contact the Office of the Chairperson, at (808) 973-9560 or email: [email protected]. Please allow sufficient time for DOA to meet accommodation requests.

Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Chairperson
Board of Agriculture

(SA/HTH1290300        8/7, 8/14, 8/21/20)

To view the Public Notice as it appeared in the newspapers, click here
To download the application, click here

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Aug. 7, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATION FOR LEASE
OF VARIOUS NON-AGRICULTURAL PARK LANDS
ISLANDS OF HAWAII AND KAUAI

            The Department of Agriculture (“DOA”) is accepting applications to negotiate for agricultural leases.  Applications and information regarding the lease disposition are available at the DOA’s Agricultural Resource Management Division (“ARMD”), 1428 South King Street, Honolulu and 16 East Lanikaula, Hilo, or by calling the following toll free numbers from:  Kauai, 274-3141, ext. 39473; Maui, 984-2400, ext. 39473; Molokai and Lanai, 1‑800-468-4644, ext. 39473; or on Oahu, (808) 973-9473 and Hawaii, (808) 974-4147 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.  Information is also available on the DOA’s website at https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/arm/.

Application forms shall be filed with the ARMD at 1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 no later than 3:00 p.m., September 8, 2020.  The DOA will review all 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.

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 3 years; or
  2. Is a permanent status alien who has resided in the State for 5 years; and
  3. Is a bona fide farmer or new farmer as defined in §4-158-1, Definitions, Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”).
  4. 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 aquaculturalists.
  5. No person shall be eligible to lease agricultural lands who, during the 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.

Submission of Proposal

Upon notification by DOA that an applicant is qualified, 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 proposal shall be subject to the satisfactory completion of the conditions stated in §4-158-20, HAR, Additional terms and conditions.  The awardee (qualified applicant) 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 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 6 months after 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 §4-158-19, 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 lot has access via paved roads; irrigation water and/or potable water service, telephone, electricity and other utilities shall be the responsibility of the awardee.  The lot will require clearing and grading before any agricultural activity can commence and will be leased on an “as is” basis.  It is the awardee’s responsibility to inspect and develop the lot in accordance with applicable county regulations and lease provisions.

Parcel to be disposed of include:

ITEM I:

LOCATION:    Pahoa-Kalapana Road, Puna, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-2-006:019; AREA:  816.000 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,910.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Pasture.

ITEM II:

LOCATION:    Awaawa Road, Hanapepe, Island of Kauai; 4th Div. (Kauai) 1-9-002:001; AREA:  2.396 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,073.00 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:    Awaawa Road, Hanapepe, Island of Kauai; 4th Div. (Kauai) 1-9-002:013; AREA:  4.246 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $1,830.00 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:    Awaawa Road, Hanapepe, Island of Kauai; 4th Div. (Kauai) 1-9-002:020; AREA:  0.930 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $518.00 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:    Awaawa Road, Hanapepe, Island of Kauai; 4th Div. (Kauai) 1-9-002:045; AREA:  6.730 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $2,363.00 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 4-158, HAR, are available on the DOA’s website or may be examined at the office below:

1428 South King Street, Honolulu, HI  96814-2512                    Tel. (808) 973-9473

16 East Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI  96720-4302                          Tel. (808) 974-4147

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.

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 applications for DOA agricultural leases, please contact the Office of the Chairperson, at (808) 973-9560 or email: [email protected]. Please allow sufficient time for DOA to meet accommodation requests.

Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Chairperson
Board of Agriculture

(SA/HTH/TGI1290311             8/7/2020)

To view the Public Notice as it appeared in the newspapers, click here
To download the application, click here

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Jan. 30, 2020

Agricultural Resource Management Division
East Maui Irrigation 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.pdf

Should 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].

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The HDOA is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination, retaliation, or harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or disability with respect to any employment, program or activity.  Should you feel you have been discriminated against under any HDOA program or activity receiving federal assistance, please contact the HDOA Title VI Coordinator. For information on how to file a complaint, go to: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/blog/main/discriminationcomplaints/.

The HDOA Title VI Coordinator may be reached at 1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 973-9560 or via email at [email protected].  To request language or accessibility for HDOA programs or public meetings, please contact the Office of the Chairperson, at (808) 973-9560 or email: [email protected]. Please allow sufficient time for HDOA to meet accommodation requests.

 

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