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Transparency Bill 132 did not pass on November 19, 2009

However, the issues surrounding the sale of the County of Hawaii's lands in Hamakua are far from settled.  Get involved!

Status: Kapulena

On November 17, 2009, Mayor Billy Kenoi announced a new community farming plan for the 1,739 acres at Kapulena.  Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong praised the news.
According to the West Hawaii Today: Kenoi is working with the Hamakua County Farm Bureau, UH CTAHR and the USDA's NRCS to develop a plan. A study is underway to decide the ideal locations for ranching and farming of truck crops, vehicle access and availability of water and soils analysis to determine which crops will be best suited to the area.

Latest status is summarized in the March 1, 2010 update article by Alan McNarie: Kapulena ag park's four challenges 

Status: Pa'auilo

On November 19, 2009, the County Council voted 6-3 to allow the mayor to sell the 737 acres (16 parcels)  in Pa'auilo.  In February 2010, the County made a website at paauilolandsales.com with full info on the auction. In April 2010, the County cancelled the April sale.  In May they said they "will hold off on future sales attempts until the market improves."

Latest: As of August 2011, the County bids on long-term leases for 718 acres of the Pa`auilo lands: 16 parcels ranging from 13 toy 110 acres, available for 10-year leases, with minimum rental price of $11.63/acre/year.





Get Involved

For more information and volunteer opportunities, please contact: UAMAU productions Uamauproductions@gmail.com  808-345-1411


Local articles, 2011:

Local articles, 2010:

Local articles, 2009:

Mark Nakashima's blog:

Margaret Wille's posts:

Some related information, "Save Hamakua Watershed Ditch" (62k .doc)