[In November 2018, MauiTime broke the story of the $262-million sale of 56,000 acres of Alexander & Baldwin sugarcane land and watershed to Mahi Pono, a joint venture between California-based Pomona Farming and a Canadian pension fund. Our Changing Maui: Mahi Pono series examines all facets of the sale and the changes it will bring to Maui. It is part of Changing Maui, a larger series about changes facing Maui County.]
Maui’s central plain will soon begin to fill with 4,000 acres of avocado trees, citrus fruits, coffee, macadamia nuts, sweet potatoes, tropical fruits and a 250-acre community garden, according to the plan. official culture of the company.
MauiTime obtained the plan after it was narrowly distributed to a number of government agencies and other businesses on the island this week, presumably by chief executive Larry Nixon, who said MauiTime in an interview several weeks ago that a plan was ahead. Unlike the so-called “Farm Plan Account” released to a group of state senators earlier this month by senior vice president of operations and chief corporate lobbyist Shan Tsutsui, this 23 page plan document includes the names, exact acreage, and location of crops Mahi Pono plans to plant this year and in 2020. However, unlike the farm story, this plan does not include any estimate of land use. water. Nixon did not respond to a request for comment on Friday morning.
Citrus trees make up the largest amount of land, with 1,675 acres allocated off the Haleakala Highway near Pukalani. The acreage includes 800 acres of limes, 400 acres of tangerines, 350 acres of oranges (which will border the Pukalani Country Club), and 125 acres of lemons.
Macadamia nuts will be planted on 1,000 acres behind the Maui Baseyard, the second largest crop listed in the initial planting. This is not surprising, given that the demand for mac nuts in Hawaii currently exceeds supply. The coffee will be planted on 600 acres comprising 10 plots of land. Sweet potatoes will be planted on 470 acres listed as “leases” on the document. Avocado trees will be planted on 275 acres directly under Pukalani.
Tropical fruits will be planted on 100 acres between Pulehu and the Spanish roads. They include liliko’i (35 acres), dragon fruit (25 acres), guava (20 acres), papaya (15 acres), and white pineapple (3 acres).
The community farm will be located on plots encompassing 250 acres on the corner of land between Kuihelani Highway and Maui Veterans Highway, and a 510 acre nursery will be located near Hali’imaile.
The cultivation plan also includes 400 acres of “cover crops” on the Maui Veterans Highway from Maui Baseyard, although the land will remain fallow during the initial 2019-2020 planting period. 430 acres of “row crops” are also currently lying fallow near the Haleakala Highway.