As an institution dedicated to improving the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry through education, Kamehameha Schools (KS) respects the importance of its land assets in accomplishing this mission. Through the legacy of its Founder, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, KS is endowed with 365,000 acres of land statewide, ninety-eight percent of which is in agriculture and conservation. The Land Assets Division (LAD) is responsible for managing these lands which are comprised of natural and cultural resources, and support agricultural endeavors.
STRATEGIC AGRICULTURAL PLAN
LAD’s Strategic Agricultural Plan provides a vision and a guide for the short-and long-term management of roughly 181,000 acres of agricultural lands, 88,000 acres of which have significant potential for agricultural uses. The plan also recognizes the value of promoting local agriculture, an industry ripe with potential to provide reliable food sources, local jobs, and a sustainable future for Hawai‘i. To download a summary of the Strategic Agricultural Plan, click here.
Kamehameha’s 2009 Strategic Agricultural Plan calls for increased food production on KS lands. Partnering with knowledgeable farmers committed to growing food for the local market is just one step towards achieving that goal. In order to do this, Kamehameha Schools is opening the Punalu‘u Ahupua‘a Farms, a new 220-acre agricultural park on O‘ahu’s windward coast dedicated to food production. Approximately 140 acres of fallow ground for new operations are being prepared which will add to currently farmed plots in Punalu‘u. The new units will range in size from one to 10 acres and will include connection to the irrigation system, security and common area maintenance. Though total completion of the agricultural park is expected within two years, multiple units are currently available for farming.
KS has about 1,000 agricultural tenants who farm a variety of crops including coffee, papaya, pineapple, macadamia nuts, lettuce, asparagus, sweet potatoes, taro, watercress, avocado, bananas, tomatoes, cattle, aquaculture, and more! Their labor and dedication help to sustain local agriculture and support the Schools’ educational mission. KS supports those whose labor and livelihood have preserved a tradition of sustainable living and contribute to the well-being of the entire community. To buy fresh and support local KS farmers, the list below includes some of the tenants who have commercial entities. Be on the lookout for their labels at your local grocery store. Support local farmers!
CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN
As an ali‘i trust and organization dedicated to the education of native Hawaiians, Kamehameha Schools recognizes its obligation to preserve our cultural resources and assets for future generations. Kamehameha Schools embraces its kuleana to Hawai‘i’s sacred sites in the stewardship and protection of our wahi kūpuna, including iwi kūpuna.
The Cultural Resource Management Plan was developed by the Land Assets Divisions’ Wahi Kūpuna Program to guide the vision for cultural resource management on KS lands. To download an overview of the plan, click here.
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