Honokōwai Master Plan and Environmental Review

Honokōwai Homestead Community – Master Plan and Environmental Review

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is developing a land-use plan and seeking environmental approvals for an agriculture homestead community on approximately 800 acres of land at Honokōwai within the Ka‘anapali Moku on Maui. The purpose of the project is to develop a master plan of these lands with a focus on providing agriculture homesteading opportunities to DHHL’s Maui Island Waiting List beneficiaries. 

DHHL’s Administrative Rules were amended in March 2017 to include a new smaller Agriculture Homestead Lease. This Subsistence Agriculture Homestead Lease provides space for a small family farm, not to exceed three acres. The Administrative Rules require lessees of these smaller subsistence agriculture homestead lots to cultivate their lots with plants and/or animals. A Farm Plan and cultivation of at least two-thirds of the usable acreage of the lot are not required for Subsistence Agriculture Homestead Leases. Construction of a house and residence on the lot is optional.

County of Maui Issue and Opportunities Related to Honokōwai 

Master Planning

  1. Planning Meeting # 1 – September 25, 2019
  1. Planning Meeting #2 – February 26, 2020
  1. Planning Meeting #3 – November 12, 2020

Project Schedule and Environmental Review Documents 

Timeframe Honokōwai ACTION
Sept. 2019 Beneficiary Planning Meeting #1
Oct. 2019 Request for Pre-assessment consultation information

Oct. 2019 – March 2020 Data collection and preparation of technical studies for Master plan concepts.
Feb. 2020 Beneficiary Planning Meeting #2
Nov. 2020 Beneficiary Planning Meeting #3

Selection of Preferred Master Plan (MP) Alternative

June 2021 Presentation of the DHHL Honokōwai Master Plan Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC)

July 2021 Publication of the DHHL Honokōwai Master Plan Draft Environmental Assessment EA in The Environmental Notice (July 8, 2021)

July 2021 – August 2021 Public comment period on the Draft EA



August 2021 – Sept. 2021 Respond to comments received and revise the Draft EA.
Sept. 2021 Presentation of Final EA to the HHC for Approval and Finding of No Significant Impact
October 2021 Publish Final EA in The Environmental Notice


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