Kamehameha’s commercial properties represent less than two percent of the trust’s land portfolio. Of Kamehameha's approximately 363,000 acres in Hawai‘i, 98% is earmarked as agricultural or conservation. Our Land Assets Division (www.ksbe.edu/land) has kuleana for these lands.
More than 1,000 farmers — many of them family-owned operations — lease agricultural land from Kamehameha Schools. They forward Kamehameha’s vision of food sustainability by producing crops such as asparagus, avocado, banana, cattle, coffee, fish, lettuce, macadamia nuts, papaya, sweet potato, taro, tomato, watercress.
Kamehameha’s Strategic Agricultural Plan, completed in 2009, lays a vision and strategy for management and use of Kamehameha’s 181,373 acres of agricultural land. Through the plan, Kamehameha commits to:
Appropriate stewardship of our land legacy involves not only caring for and protecting wahi kupuna (cultural resources) located on our lands, but also an obligation to pass them on to future generations.
Our efforts in cultural resource management include:
Healthy, functioning, native ecosystems provide a suite of critical services (clean abundant water, fresh air, erosion and flood control) and serve as a cornerstone of the foundation of Hawaiian well-being. The restoration of these ecosystems involves the removal of invasive weeds and animals and the return of native species.
Over the past five years, Kamehameha has: