Honokōwai Homestead Community – 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 wait list beneficiaries. 

DHHL’s Administrative Rules were amended in March 2017 to include a new smaller Agriculture Homestead Lease. This Agriculture Homestead Lease provides space for a small family farm, not to exceed three acres. The Administrative Rules require these smaller agriculture Homestead leases to cultivate their lots with plants and/or animals. Farm plans and cultivation of 3/4 of the lot are not required. Construction of a house and residence on the lot is optional.

Combined Project Schedule

Anticipated Timeframe Honokōwai Development Schedule
Oct. 2019 Collection of pre-assessment consultation information
Oct. 2019-March 2020 Data collection for preparation of technical studies and Master plan concept
Jan./Feb. 2020 Beneficiary Consultation Meeting #2
Jan./Feb. 2020 Selection of Preferred Master Plan (MP)
Spring 2020 Beneficiary Consultation Meeting #3
Spring 2020 Presentation of Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and MP to the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC)
Spring 2020 Publish Draft EA in The Environmental Notice
Summer 2020 Public comment period Draft EA (the comment period lasts for 30 days from the date the Draft EA is published in The Environmental Notice)
Fall 2020 Presentation of Final EA to HHC, request HHC approval
Fall 2020 Publish Final EA, The Environmental Notice