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Agriculture In Hawaii

Court Limits A&B East Maui Stream Diversion Couirtesy: DLNR

Court Limits A&B East Maui Stream Diversion

Updated: The Sierra Club of Hawaii hails the ruling as “a big deal.”

How One Hawaii Man Is Using An Invasive Tree To Nurture His Community Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How One Hawaii Man Is Using An Invasive Tree To Nurture His Community

The Westside resident thinks kiawe trees can revolutionize Oahu’s food system and help the next generation learn to love where they live.

PODCAST: Hawaii’s Complicated Relationship With European Honey Bees Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

PODCAST: Hawaii’s Complicated Relationship With European Honey Bees

Many farmers rely on European honey bees to pollinate their plants, but the introduced species can negatively impact a native pollinator.

The State Does A Lot To Help Farmers In Hawaii. But It’s Not Enough Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The State Does A Lot To Help Farmers In Hawaii. But It’s Not Enough

Farmers need better technology, data and transportation subsidies if Hawaii’s agricultural industry is going to grow substantially in the coming decades.

Do We Want More Local Food Or Cheaper Power? Two Hawaii Priorities Conflict Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Do We Want More Local Food Or Cheaper Power? Two Hawaii Priorities Conflict

Renewable energy companies say Honolulu’s plan to designate 12% of Oahu as “Important Agricultural Lands” could hinder the state’s ability to meet its clean energy goals.

Maui’s Got A Brand New Ag Department. Now What? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui’s Got A Brand New Ag Department. Now What?

Voters in Maui County approved a charter amendment to create Hawaii’s first county-level agriculture department. Now organizers need to determine exactly what the agency will work on.

Some Hawaii Farms Want To Keep Feeding Locals — Even As Tourism Returns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Farms Want To Keep Feeding Locals — Even As Tourism Returns

As the threat of COVID-19 subsides, some local food growers say they will continue to prioritize local families that kept them afloat during the pandemic over the tourism industry.

Small Oahu Landowners Say They Were Blindsided By Ag Land Plan Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat/2021

Small Oahu Landowners Say They Were Blindsided By Ag Land Plan

The state Land Use Commission has scheduled two days of hearings beginning Wednesday to try to sort through Honolulu’s plan for designating Important Agricultural Lands.

The Fight Over Hawaii’s ‘Important Agricultural Lands’ Courtesy: Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting

The Fight Over Hawaii’s ‘Important Agricultural Lands’

Many Oahu property owners are angry and worried their lives could be suddenly upended by a major land use proposal that has been in the works for decades.