Agriculture

 

Regenerative agriculture is essential to sustainability. There are vibrant organic and permaculture projects springing up all over the northeast side of Kauaʻi from Kapahi to Haena. Small family farms, strengthened by collaboration and non-profit groups, are returning Kauai toward self-sufficiency.  Restaurants and farmers markets are helping to build the business. Hunting is an important part of maintaining the watersheds as our wild pig and goat populations are too high. Responsible fishing is part of our natural provision. Kauai is having noticeable success from training programs to farmlands becoming available to the creating of island adapted seeds and sharing of plants to farmers' markets. 

 

Creating Viable Food Production for Kaua`i in the Modern Economy

  • Neighborhood agriculture to again be the norm in communities

  • Strengthen Kauai's branding of an abundant Garden Isle

  • Encourage edible landscaping in public places

  • Strengthen gleaning programs that facilitate the distribution of food 

  • Database package to facilitate farm to restaurant availability of produce

  • training the palates to enjoy food crops that thrive in Hawaii

  • Cooperative farming to create large enough volumes for export of viable crops such as papayas and turmeric

Currently, the biggest challenges are

  • Prohition on farm worker housing

  • Food Safety Modernization Act is not well-designed for small scale organic food production

  • The high cost of land makes large scale food production difficult to be economically viable.

  • Reclaiming land that has toxicity from legacy chemicals

  • Obstacles in providing wild meats to the people

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Neighborhood Agriculture

Encouraging a return to neighborhood food production, as was the norm in generations past, with edible landscaping in every Yarden possible. 

Collaborating Organizations

Food Preservation

Locally Grown Food Tours

Tasting Kauai invites residents and visitors on a culinary romp through paradise.

Tasting Kaua'i  - Restaurants is a guide for food trucks to fine dining.

Kauaʻi Farmers Markets & Commercial Kitchens

Waipa Commercial Kitchen

Monday 

Anaina Hou in Kilauea - next to the Kilauea Mini Golf 4:00 – Dusk

Koloa Knudsen Ball Park – Maluhia Road in Koloa12:00 pm

Lihue Kmart Parking Lot –  Pikake Street 3:00 pm

Tuesday

Kalaheo Neighborhood Center – Papalina Road off Kaumalii Hwy 3:30pm

Waipa – North of Hanalei Town – Kuhio Hwy 2:00 pm

Wednesday

Kapaa Ball Park – Kahau and Olohena Road 3:00 pm

Kealia Farm 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Kukuiula Shopping Center – Poipu Road 4:00 pm

Thursday

Kilauea Neighborhood Center – Keneke Rd off Kilauea Lighthouse Road 4:30pm

Hanapepe Park in Old Hanapepe Town Puolo Road Hanapepe 3:00pm

Friday

Vidinha Stadium – Hoolaka Road Lihue 3:00 pm

Kealia Farms 3:00 – 7:00

Saturday

Hanalei Farmers Market – Community Center – Kuhio Hwy in Hanalei Town 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Kauai Community College – Kuhio Hwy in Puhi 9:30 am

Coconut Market Place in Kapaa – Kuhio Hwy Kapaa12:00 pm

Kekaha Neighborhood Center – Elepaio Road 9:00 am

Kilauea – @Kilauea Mini Golf -5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea 9:00-1:00