HDF dumps dairy plan

MAHA’ULEPU — Hawaii Dairy Farms has decided to discontinue plans for a pasture-based dairy farm on Kauai and is now working with landowner Grove Farm and third parties to explore alternative food production in Maha’ulepu.

“It is disappointing we were unable to find a path forward to help bring a more sustainable model of dairy farming to Hawaii,” said Amy Hennessey, director of communications for investor Ulupono Initiative, in a Thursday press release.

She continued: “Our proposal for the dairy farm was based on best management practices proven from around the world to create a more environmentally sustainable model of dairy farm that utilized active pasture management to minimize runoff and use grass as a low-cost source of feed. But rather than incentivizing local food production to meet our state’s food goals, Hawaii’s environmental regulations seem to unfairly place dairies and other similar animal agriculture operations in the same category as wastewater treatment plants.”

HDF’s core mission is still to increase local food production, “in any form,” Hennesey said, and that’s the next step for the organization.

“If our state is to achieve its ambitious goal of doubling local food production, more must be done to create an environment in which commercially viable agriculture can succeed. This is why we are working with Grove Farm and others to find an alternative path forward for local food production in Maha‘ulepu Valley,” Hennessey said.

Look for more information in Friday’s edition of The Garden Island newspaper.

  1. dderek January 31, 2019 7:21 pm Reply

    good riddance, took um long enough to give it up ! can’t wait to see what their next scheme is…

    1. Sasquatch February 1, 2019 6:14 am Reply

      Hopefully this will not be another area that experiments with our health using dangerous chemicals and pesticides. With the money this organization has backing it they could do a good thing for the community, if that’s what they really want to do…

    2. Pete Antonson February 1, 2019 6:24 am Reply

      just the sort of classy graciousness in victory we expected from the Poipu poo poo heads!

  2. Charlie Chimknee January 31, 2019 9:47 pm Reply

    Aloha Amy Hennessey, May we correct you on a dairy being categorized as a wastewater treatment plant…as it would be an Untreated Wastewater Plant…how many gallons of urine times up to a few thousand cows a day, how many pounds of feces, how much methane gas excreted to trap the earth’s heat and accelerate global warming, how many people suffering constipation and colorectal ulceration, hemorrhoids and bleeding not knowing their bodies cannot handle cow milk, how many children with cancer from the dairy protein Casein as well as adult cancers form dairy.

    Baby cows need mother cow milk for some months of their early life, but humans do not need any cow milk or dairy products to thrive and be healthy.

    As well, the writing is on the wall and dairies are closing as people are turning away from dairy whose cows are given antibiotics for their infections, and steroid hormones to force the production of more milk, and pasteurization to kill the bacteria in milk.

    People are turning to alternatives of plant based milks from cashew, almond, soy, coconut , etc.

    Please make a natural unpoisoned food farm there and make a contribution to life and health on Kauai. We need all the food we can get.



  3. Edward R. Speyer February 1, 2019 5:17 am Reply

    Having a dairy on Kauai could be a good thing properly done. Maha’ulepu is a special and delicate place.
    Wrong business for that area! Congrats on keeping it out.

  4. kakimochi February 1, 2019 6:22 am Reply

    @dderek – Right? They already tried the scheme where they do agriculture in an area zoned for agriculture, but we’re too smart for that. Idiot schemers tried using facts and science based approaches. They’re no match for Kauai’s locos (not a typo…not locals), powered by fear mongering, hyperbole and test results (a.k.a. BS) provided by a “doctor” who’s had a history of manipulating test results during his short time with the DOH. Sounds like a credible enough guy when it fits the loco agenda. And hey, it actually worked. HDF is moving out and the loco mob is standing by, ready for the next scheme.

    What rules will HDF follow next? What laws will they obey? What good will they try to accomplish? I don’t know, but what I do know, is that Kauai’s anti-everything army will be ready to charge, unicorn mounted, armed with rainbow ideals and alternative facts. As I eat my breakfast this morning, cereal sitting in ultra pasteurized milk, I feel protected. Thanks Friends of Mahaulepoo (not a typo).

  5. kauaiboy February 1, 2019 8:11 am Reply

    Ulupono Initiative- grow hemp on Grove Farm land. We can eat the seeds and the fiber can be used to create a plethora of Kauai-branded products. I suggest that you sponsor a symposium on hemp production and added value products. That is the future for a lot of ag land on Kauai.

  6. happyalohafriday February 1, 2019 9:27 am Reply

    Now it’s really a Happy Aloha Friday!

    Milk is not native to Hawai’i, coconut milk is. Good, clean, tropical and kind.
    Local, fresh and cheap coconut water in the stores would be nice.

  7. Guy February 1, 2019 9:43 am Reply

    Kauai seems to be okay with importing all their food while exporting all their kids who can’t find jobs on island.

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