INGREDIENTS FROM KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS’ LANDS
At Kamehameha Schools, we have made a devoted commitment to support sustainable agriculture in Hawai‘i. With kuleana to steward approximately 170,000 acres of agricultural lands in the state, 88,000 acres of which have significant potential for agricultural uses, Kamehameha Schools completed its 2009 Strategic Agricultural Plan to provide a vision and guidelines for the management of these lands and natural resources.
We manage our Hawai‘i lands, natural resources, water resources and wahi kupuna to optimize the balance of educational, cultural, economic, environmental and community returns. We steward resources in an ethical, prudent, ecologically and culturally appropriate manner to assure such resources are available in perpetuity.
Kamehameha Schools has invested $22 million dollars in infrastructure improvements, to help farmers increase food production on KS agricultural lands. These improvements include:
We are committed for the long term to cultivating food, generating renewable energy and growing timber resources that would enhance our independence from the importation of life-supporting goods and services. Today, we are currently managing roughly 800 agreements in agriculture which is more than any other private landowner in Hawai’i.
Mahalo to the more than 800 agricultural producers whose labor and dedication help to promote local agriculture and support the Schools’ educational mission.
To buy local, here’s a list of some of the farmers on Kamehameha Schools land that you can support.