The 182-acre Kunia Ag Park was established through a partnership between Island Palm Communities, Monsanto and the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation. Island Palm Communities, a partnership between developer Lend Lease and the U.S. Army and owner of 2,400 acres of land on the Kunia plain reached out to the agricultural community to lease its land. Monsanto, which holds similar ideals of building a sustainable agricultural community, entered into a lease agreement on a portion of the land with Island Palm Communities. The Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation is now accepting applications for Parcel 3, the second of several parcels.
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Application & Qualifications
Ag Park Photos (click to view larger)
Questions & Answers:
Can I apply for more than one 10-acre parcel?
Yes. Parcel 4 is the third parcel made up of several 10-acre, and 5-acre lots, and you may apply for all lots, or only select specific lots.
What is the timeline for the decisions regarding Ag Park 4?
The tentative timeline includes the following:
- Today: Applications for Ag Park 4 are available
- 1/2/12-2/16/12: Ag Park 4 land is prepared for Lessees
- Friday, February 17: Walk the land @ 9 a.m., meeting at the Ag Park
- Tuesday, February 21: Walk the land @ 1 p.m., meeting at the Ag Park
- February 28: : Applications are closed
- February 29-March 9: Applications are reviewed
- March 12: Land is tilled and charcoal is applied by Monsanto
- March 13: Announce finalists for Ag Park 4
How will the applications be used & evaluated?
Applications will be reviewed confidentially by the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation Land Committee. A scoring criteria based on the answers submitted and Foundation’s goals will be used in evaluating potential lessees. Applications which include a thorough business plan will be receive additional points.
What chemicals can be used?
Please reference this hyperlink (Exhibit A).
What are some of the rules for the park?
Please reference this hyperlink (Exhibit B).
Is water available?
Yes, a limited amount of water is available, but restricted. However, there will be a need for tenants to invest in drip lines. The water is non-potable, and each Lessee should expect to install a small tank for storage.
Are parcels available for organic farmers?
Yes, organic farmers are encouraged to apply.
How is fuel handled?
Fuel will be purchased in bulk, and a fueling station is onsite and available to be used by tenants via an electronic card system.
How are chemicals handled?
A chemical station is onsite for chemical mixing.
What crops are permitted?
All fruit, vegetable and nursery, with the exclusion of any corn products can be planted in the Kunia Agriculture Park.
Is it possible to see the land?
Yes, Friday, February 17: Walk the land @ 9 a.m., and Tuesday, February 21 @ 1 p.m. we will walk the land parcel and answer any questions.