Maui’s Mahi Pono plans to offer farm lots to local farmers

WAILUKU — The company that bought central Maui’s former sugar cane lands plans to start its new operations by offering lots to local farmers to grow crops.

Mahi Pono principal Ceil Howe III told The Maui News the company will offer 1-, 5- and 10-acre community farm blocks to local farmers. Farmers would also have access to Mahi Pono’s equipment, management, budgeting and marketing services.

Mahi Pono is a joint venture of California-based Pomona Farming and the Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board.

It bought 41,000 acres from longtime sugar grower Alexander & Baldwin in December after A&B decided to focus its business on real estate development.

Mahi Pono senior vice president of operations, Shan Tsutsui, says the company is still working out how much it will lease the land for.

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