Lease Terms

Lease Terms for State of Hawai‘i agricultural lots

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State of Hawai‘i residents that meet the qualification requirements of the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) are offered a sub-lease with the following terms:

  • Long-term lease expires June 2033
  • Average cost is approximately $200 per acre, per year
  • Farm structures can be built with prior approval, however, no residential use is allowed on the land.
  • Land must be in full production within 3 years of signing your sub-lease.
  • Conservation plans from Hāmākua Soil and Water Conservation District or Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) are required.  This service is free.
  • You must maintain a Liability Insurance Policy in an amount of at least $1,000,000 insuring the farmer, Co-op, and HDOA against all claims.  Cost for this is approximately $500 per year.
  • Members are required to apply for irrigation service through the Honokaa-Paauilo Irrigation District.

New farmers that do not meet the HDOA qualification requirements may apply for a probationary, short-term lease in order to obtain the necessary farming experience.

Graduates of the Kohala Center‘s Ku I Ka Mana Beginning Farmer Training Program will be approved for a probationary lease.

Questions? We’re here to help! Call Lori at (808) 775-1107 or send us an email!