Department of Agriculture

Mission
The County of Maui’s Department of Agriculture will support the development and continued management of a sustainable regional agricultural system for Maui County, to promote resident and ecosystem health and well-being and create a thriving circular agro-economic system that can be a model for the rest of the world.

Responsibilities

  • Develop a sustainable regional agricultural system for Maui County.
  • Build the economic resiliency of the county's communities by increasing opportunities in the agricultural sector.
  • Boost resident health and food security through ensuring access to locally grown agricultural products.
  • Promote healthy ecosystems through natural-resource regeneration and protection, including through advising other agencies and the council on all programs and projects that affect the agricultural section.
  • Develop and implement programs to diversity and expand sustainable forms of agriculture.
  • Report to the mayor and council annually on the County's overall performance in meeting agriculture objectives and any barriers that could be addressed by ordinance.
  • Perform other duties and functions as assigned by the mayor or managing director. 

Establishment

In November 2020, Maui County residents voted in favor of establishing the Department of Agriculture.   An agriculture working group was established in 2021 to come up with the initial recommendations and guidance for the establishment of the Department of Agriculture.  Through their hard work, collaboration and feedback from a variety of stakeholders and memberrs of the public, initial recommendations were formulated for consideration. 

Agriculture Working Group Members

Member Name Affiliation
Warren Watanabe MCFB
Kyle Caires  CTAHR/MCFB
Vince Mina  HFUU
Shan Tsutsui/Grant Nakama   Mahi Pono
Kimo Falconer Maui Coffee Growers Association
James Tavares  Maui Association of Landscape Professionals
David and Carol Brown Maui Flower Growers
Brendan Balthazar Maui Cattlemans Association
Buddy Nobriga Ranchers
Geoff Haines Waipoli Hydroponic Greens
Nelson Okamura Retail
Joshua "Shyloh" Stafford-Jones Agronomy
Annette Niles Kula Farmer (Ag Working Group)
Bobby Pahia Hoaloha Farms (Ag Working Group)
Ryan Duffy Hemp Growers

Agriculture Working Group Recommendations


Community Meeting
December 22, 2021

Community & Stakeholder Feedback

Community and Stakeholder feedback continues to be gathered and shape the direction of the establishment of the Department of Agriculture. Written comments can be sent to the Mayors Office.


Agriculture and Public Trust Committee Meeting

The Agriculture and Public Trust Committee held a meeting on January 18, 2022 to receive an update from the administration on the establishment of the Department of Agriculture. Community and Stakeholder feedback received thus far was incorporated into the revised presentation.

APT Committee Meeting
January 18, 2022


FY 23 Budget Community Meeting
March 15, 2022

Disclaimer

Department will not be established until July 2022. 

Please direct any inquiries to the Office of the Mayor

  1. Office of the Mayor


    Physical Address
    200 S. High Street
    Kalana O Maui Bldg, 9th Floor
    Wailuku, HI 96793

    Phone: (808) 270-7855
    Fax: (808) 270-7870