HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands hosted a groundbreaking Monday Monday for an upcoming farming venture on the Island of Hawaii.
Crews began work on the new $ 2.5 million Panaʻewa Subsistence Agricultural Lots located along Mahiai Street.
DHHL says the capital improvement project will divide a 10 acre property into 16 half acre subsistence lots that will not require a formal farm plan or two-thirds of cultivation.
Home country leaders say it is the perfect area for beneficiaries to feed on the land.
“As you can see, the ground here is really extensive. It rains a lot. See how the plants react. Productivity here will be great, ”said William Aila Jr., chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission.
The project has been in progress for years. According to Aila, the consultations with the beneficiaries started in 2018 and went to tender in 2020 after funding from the legislature.
“We are now on the home stretch of the Pana’ewa pilot project and are approaching a similar phase for the Honom project,” added Aila.
The entire project is expected to take a year.
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