COVID19 UPDATE
Kauai

Leased Ag Lands on Kauai

Recently I’ve been in touch with a Kauai farmer who’s renting and would like to purchase his own acreage to cultivate. A common conundrum – Kauai land is currently too expensive for him, but does he really want to uproot his family and relocate to Hawaii Island, where acreage is substantially more affordable?

Fresh greens

Which got us to thinking about leasing farmland. To encapsulate: a large percentage of privately-held land on Kauai is in the hands of several large landowners – Grove Farm, Alexander & Baldwin, Gay & Robinson, etc… Since the demise of sugar, much of these lands have been sitting fallow, save for some cattle ranching.

Many on Kauai, however, are starting to think about food security. It doesn’t make sense for an island with so much fertile land and water to still be importing so much of its food, but it also doesn’t pay – yet – to do large-scale agriculture on these lands.

So why not lease portions of this land to small farmers? It could be a win-win-win situation: the land-owners avoid selling off their land during a down market, but are able to generate cash-flow; farmers are able to ply their livelihood without mortgaging their future; the people of Kauai are blessed with more local food. (Indeed, the area around Honoka’a on Hawaii Island is a model for land use of this sort.)

South shore ag lands

It’s a nice fantasy, but in actuality this scenario on Kauai is still in its infancy – for whatever reason, there’s just not much leased land available – yet. Grove Farm has some pieces adjacent to the Isenberg Tract in Lihue that are currently leased to Pioneer Seed – there is a waiting list. The State of Hawaii is offering a couple of pieces in Hanapepe with  35 year leases.

There is good news on the horizon, however: within the next few years, Grove Farm has plans to open the Maha’ulepu Agricultural Valley, 800 acres of leased land for diversified ag mauka of Poipu (contact me if you’d like an application).

And the prospect of a Farmworker Housing Bill, depending on the form it eventually takes, could impact the situation as well – I’ll be blogging about this soon.

I’d love to hear if someone reading this post knows of any other ag land to lease on Kauai.

Comments (52) Show CommentsHide Comments (Remember)

Cool. Add your comment...

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Leave your opinion here. Please be nice. Your Email address will be kept private, this form is secure and we never spam you.

Justin - Head Web Head

January 25, 2010

Wow Sagar, you really are the Kauai land expert.

My brother has looked at leasing land for a Motorcycle track on the Big Island, and over there it was ridiculously inexpensive.

I do know of people leasing ag land on Kauai, but I don’t know what the cost is.

If anybody knows, please chime in…

Justin - Head Web Head

January 25, 2010

Wow Sagar, you really are the Kauai land expert.

My brother has looked at leasing land for a Motorcycle track on the Big Island, and over there it was ridiculously inexpensive.

I do know of people leasing ag land on Kauai, but I don’t know what the cost is.

If anybody knows, please chime in…

Katie Minkus, R(B)

January 26, 2010

Aloha, Sagar… This is exactly the solution I believe is best for the Hamakua acreage our County in all it’s wisdom is attempting to sell during a down real estate market to make up the budget shortfall! So shortsighted to sell significant agricultural lands to one owner, instead of leasing to a number of small farmers. I’m psyched the conversations have continued about sustainability and that it’s not just happening on the Big Island. BTW, the other up and coming farming/sustainability focus area on the BI is North Kohala Hawi/Kapa’au area – where Beth lives and specializes in selling large parcels of land. She has a lot of knowledge about this topic.

Katie Minkus, R(B)

January 26, 2010

Aloha, Sagar… This is exactly the solution I believe is best for the Hamakua acreage our County in all it’s wisdom is attempting to sell during a down real estate market to make up the budget shortfall! So shortsighted to sell significant agricultural lands to one owner, instead of leasing to a number of small farmers. I’m psyched the conversations have continued about sustainability and that it’s not just happening on the Big Island. BTW, the other up and coming farming/sustainability focus area on the BI is North Kohala Hawi/Kapa’au area – where Beth lives and specializes in selling large parcels of land. She has a lot of knowledge about this topic.

Matt Beall

January 26, 2010

What about the County “Ag Park” adjacent to Seacliff in Kilauea? Weren’t there originally going to be 10-acre plots for lease there? What happened?

Matt Beall

January 26, 2010

What about the County “Ag Park” adjacent to Seacliff in Kilauea? Weren’t there originally going to be 10-acre plots for lease there? What happened?

Sagar Hallal, RA

January 26, 2010

I don’t know, Matt. Does the County actually own land there?

Thanks for your comment, Katie. I’d love to talk with Beth about Hawi/Kapa’au sometimes – it’s a special area. I have a dear friend who grew up there, her family growing everything in the garden. There seems to be a lot of continuity with the ag in that area. You see it in North Hamakua – the leased plots being farmed by former plantation workers and/or their children.

Sagar Hallal, RA

January 26, 2010

I don’t know, Matt. Does the County actually own land there?

Thanks for your comment, Katie. I’d love to talk with Beth about Hawi/Kapa’au sometimes – it’s a special area. I have a dear friend who grew up there, her family growing everything in the garden. There seems to be a lot of continuity with the ag in that area. You see it in North Hamakua – the leased plots being farmed by former plantation workers and/or their children.

What is a Leasehold Farm and Why Would Anyone Want It? « Hawaii Real Estate Market

February 2, 2010

[…] doesn’t want to repossess the land and will extend another lease for 35 years especially with Agricultural Leases. These leases require the owners to farm, pay a low yearly rent, and share a percentage of any […]

What is a Leasehold Farm and Why Would Anyone Want It? « Hawaii Real Estate Market

February 2, 2010

[…] doesn’t want to repossess the land and will extend another lease for 35 years especially with Agricultural Leases. These leases require the owners to farm, pay a low yearly rent, and share a percentage of any […]

Hawaii County Selling 700+acres in a Buyer’s Market « Hawaii Real Estate Market

March 16, 2010

[…] by the end of this year to the highs of 2005 & 2006! Why isn’t the County planning to lease this land as farmland to local business owners who are crying for this sort of acreage at an “affordable” […]

Hawaii County Selling 700+acres in a Buyer’s Market « Hawaii Real Estate Market

March 16, 2010

[…] by the end of this year to the highs of 2005 & 2006! Why isn’t the County planning to lease this land as farmland to local business owners who are crying for this sort of acreage at an “affordable” […]

Machiko Yamaguchi

April 30, 2010

My husband and I have been looking for ag land for lease in Kauai with no luck so far. Yes, we called Grove farm too. State of Hawaii doesn’t seem to have any land for lease available now on Kauai. Where else can we try?

Sagar, could you give us an application for the leased land in Poipu? (Maha’ulepu Agricultural Valley)

Machiko Yamaguchi

April 30, 2010

My husband and I have been looking for ag land for lease in Kauai with no luck so far. Yes, we called Grove farm too. State of Hawaii doesn’t seem to have any land for lease available now on Kauai. Where else can we try?

Sagar, could you give us an application for the leased land in Poipu? (Maha’ulepu Agricultural Valley)

Sagar

May 2, 2010

Machiko, send me your email address – to sagar@hawaiilife.com – and I will send you that application, as well as maybe connect you to someone else who might possibly be interested in leasing land.

Sagar

May 2, 2010

Machiko, send me your email address – to sagar@hawaiilife.com – and I will send you that application, as well as maybe connect you to someone else who might possibly be interested in leasing land.

Dhavala Shanmuga

September 10, 2010

My son and I are wanting to find a couple acres of lease land to do veggie farming on. If and when you come across something in the Wailua area let me know.

Dhavala Shanmuga

September 10, 2010

My son and I are wanting to find a couple acres of lease land to do veggie farming on. If and when you come across something in the Wailua area let me know.

Theresa King

October 26, 2010

Please send the application for leased land as mentioned

Theresa King

October 26, 2010

Please send the application for leased land as mentioned

Sagar Hallal

October 26, 2010

Theresa, here’s the page with the application: http://www.grovefarm.com/images/docs/Lease%20Land%20Info%20Form.pdf

Contact Arryl Kaneshiro at Grove Farm for additional information at (808) 245-3678, ext. 232.

Sagar Hallal

October 26, 2010

Theresa, here’s the page with the application: http://www.grovefarm.com/images/docs/Lease%20Land%20Info%20Form.pdf

Contact Arryl Kaneshiro at Grove Farm for additional information at (808) 245-3678, ext. 232.

tamra

December 26, 2010

Hi, I have almost 40 acres of land in Moloaa and would love to lease it.
There is no house, just land.
I would love to find someone!

Rick

March 16, 2013

Aloha Tamra,

I would like more information about your land for lease.
Is there water available?
How much per acre?
Can we live on the property part time or not at all?

Mahalo,
Rick

isaac benson

March 8, 2015

Hi if your land is not leased please contact me as soon as you can. Thank you

tamra

December 26, 2010

Hi, I have almost 40 acres of land in Moloaa and would love to lease it.
There is no house, just land.
I would love to find someone!

Rick

March 16, 2013

Aloha Tamra,

I would like more information about your land for lease.
Is there water available?
How much per acre?
Can we live on the property part time or not at all?

Mahalo,
Rick

isaac benson

March 8, 2015

Hi if your land is not leased please contact me as soon as you can. Thank you

Tricia

January 10, 2011

I would like to lease the land, please email me with info

Tricia

January 10, 2011

I would like to lease the land, please email me with info

Tricia

January 10, 2011

I would like to lease the land, please email me with info beach771@gmail.com

Tricia

January 10, 2011

I would like to lease the land, please email me with info beach771@gmail.com

Mike

January 21, 2011

Tamra, I am interested in leasing your 40 Acres of ag land. Please forward all details to needagland@yahoo.com

Mike

January 21, 2011

Tamra, I am interested in leasing your 40 Acres of ag land. Please forward all details to needagland@yahoo.com

Mike

January 21, 2011

If anyone is interested in leasing ag land on Kauai please email me at needagland@yahoo.com. I am serious about finding 25 acres or more just for myself to work. Great references and Credit. Thank You,
Mike

Mike

January 21, 2011

If anyone is interested in leasing ag land on Kauai please email me at needagland@yahoo.com. I am serious about finding 25 acres or more just for myself to work. Great references and Credit. Thank You,
Mike

Dhavala Shanmuga

February 21, 2011

Aloha my sona dn i would love to find reasonable priced land to lease for growing food and Plamerias,Ti and Taro.

Dhavala Shanmuga

February 21, 2011

Aloha my sona dn i would love to find reasonable priced land to lease for growing food and Plamerias,Ti and Taro.

Mike

June 30, 2011

Hi everyone. I have half ownership in 40 Acres within a mile of Moloaa Beach that i am interested in possibly leasing or partnering some type of arrangement with someone. You can only live in a tent. No permanent structures are on the property. It is very private and quiet. Only scattered trees and foliage there now. A lot of work to get it ready for farming but i am willing to listen to any and all ideas. email thoughts to Mike at thinkandgrowmore@gmx.com
Mahalo

Mike

June 30, 2011

Hi everyone. I have half ownership in 40 Acres within a mile of Moloaa Beach that i am interested in possibly leasing or partnering some type of arrangement with someone. You can only live in a tent. No permanent structures are on the property. It is very private and quiet. Only scattered trees and foliage there now. A lot of work to get it ready for farming but i am willing to listen to any and all ideas. email thoughts to Mike at thinkandgrowmore@gmx.com
Mahalo

Mike S.

June 30, 2011

Just noticed there is another Mike on this bulletin board so i am putting my last initial as well. Here is my original post again.

Hi everyone. I have half ownership in 40 Acres within a mile of Moloaa Beach that i am interested in possibly leasing or partnering some type of arrangement with someone. You can only live in a tent. No permanent structures are on the property. It is very private and quiet. Only scattered trees and foliage there now. A lot of work to get it ready for farming but i am willing to listen to any and all ideas. email thoughts to Mike at thinkandgrowmore@gmx.com
Mahalo

Mike S.

June 30, 2011

Just noticed there is another Mike on this bulletin board so i am putting my last initial as well. Here is my original post again.

Hi everyone. I have half ownership in 40 Acres within a mile of Moloaa Beach that i am interested in possibly leasing or partnering some type of arrangement with someone. You can only live in a tent. No permanent structures are on the property. It is very private and quiet. Only scattered trees and foliage there now. A lot of work to get it ready for farming but i am willing to listen to any and all ideas. email thoughts to Mike at thinkandgrowmore@gmx.com
Mahalo

Mike

July 4, 2011

I am interested in your land and possible arrangements. Please email needagland@yahoo.com

Mike

July 4, 2011

I am interested in your land and possible arrangements. Please email needagland@yahoo.com

Tyson Yamashita

August 5, 2011

Aloha,

My name is Tyson Yamashita i’ve been looking to lease some ag land and i’m having a very hard time finding it could you please help me out in finding the right place for me.

Mahalo

Tyson Yamashita

August 5, 2011

Aloha,

My name is Tyson Yamashita i’ve been looking to lease some ag land and i’m having a very hard time finding it could you please help me out in finding the right place for me.

Mahalo

Johnny

August 15, 2011

I am a tropical permaculture designer wanting to lease a small plot of land on the north shore of Kauai in the Hanalei area for an orchard of exotic rare fruits. I am currently on island, naturefellow@gmail.com Mahalo, Johnny

Johnny

August 15, 2011

I am a tropical permaculture designer wanting to lease a small plot of land on the north shore of Kauai in the Hanalei area for an orchard of exotic rare fruits. I am currently on island, naturefellow@gmail.com Mahalo, Johnny

Ryan Schumacher

June 10, 2012

I am ready to rock my own lease on kauai please contact me!!!!!
Ryan

Ryan Schumacher

June 10, 2012

I am ready to rock my own lease on kauai please contact me!!!!!
Ryan

victor medore

August 3, 2016

Hello, my name is Vic Medore . I am 60 years old very fit and would like to farm Kauai . I have experience in this and have been raising my own food for the last 20 years in NJ. My children have a very successful business in Hanalei Pinks Creamery and own real estate there . When I was there and studied the island as we all know there is a lot of land for pasture . I raise a special sheep breed that can take the heat and will eat evasive plants. My plans would be to offer Kauai raised lamb for all the food services there as this is a product not offered or available from what I did see there . The impact on the land is very positive without the hardship cattle can leave the fencing needed as well can be moved easily to use the flock to clear the unwanted foliage and still offer a benefit to the community and the tourist industry . This would open some new jobs and provide an ease of mind for my wife and me to be close to our children .

victor medore

August 3, 2016

Hello, my name is Vic Medore . I am 60 years old very fit and would like to farm Kauai . I have experience in this and have been raising my own food for the last 20 years in NJ. My children have a very successful business in Hanalei Pinks Creamery and own real estate there . When I was there and studied the island as we all know there is a lot of land for pasture . I raise a special sheep breed that can take the heat and will eat evasive plants. My plans would be to offer Kauai raised lamb for all the food services there as this is a product not offered or available from what I did see there . The impact on the land is very positive without the hardship cattle can leave the fencing needed as well can be moved easily to use the flock to clear the unwanted foliage and still offer a benefit to the community and the tourist industry . This would open some new jobs and provide an ease of mind for my wife and me to be close to our children .

More Articles from Hawaii Life