The end of GroveFarm era is coming

People who have grown accustomed to Grove Farm’s stewardship of a sizable

portion of Kaua’i may be happy that the company’s proposed sale of about 20,000

acres didn’t go through. But they should prepare for the day when somebody else

holds the keys to the holdings that are an integral part of the island.

A

deal with an unidentified but serious buyer apparently went away with the

breaking off last weekend of negotiations. The talks involved land that

stretches from Kauai’s interior to the coastline at Maha’ulepu. Grove Farm also

owns Puakea Golf Course and Kukui Grove Center. Economically and

environmentally, that’s a big chunk of the island.

Grove Farm is still

interested in selling. It appears inevitable that the company, whose

shareholders are mostly descendants of legendary Kaua’i pioneer George Wilcox,

will one day fade into the background. That link to the past will be missed by

many Kauaians. And new ownership of the sizable holdings will come under close

scrutiny of island residents who have admired Grove Farm’s treatment of the

land.

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