We are committed to integrating housing with the natural environment by being energy and water self-sufficient, using sustainable building materials and adhering to green building practices.
We are hyperlocal in our approach to food security. By starting small and incrementally increasing farm production, we will provide food for our Hōkūnui ‘ohana, upcountry residents and island-wide Maui community.
Our goal is to be a fossil fuel-free community, using 100% renewable sources for energy.
We are committed to being responsible stewards of the land through the application of best practices in conservation and re-creating native habitat through forestry.
We seek to build trust through transparency with the local community, and are committed to being a leader in community education, employee satisfaction, cultural respect, and environmental responsibility.
Through our projects and partnerships, we aim to strengthen the environmental, cultural, human and economic resources of the local Maui community.
We incorporate the following smart growth principles into our community design: housing choices; preservation of open space, farmland and watershed; walkability; strong sense of place; mixed land use.
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Our potable water system and farm activities are currently 100% powered by solar energy. All houses are being designed to be energy self-sufficient with solar. We run most of our farm equipment on locally produced Biodiesel and have two electric farm vehicles. Three of our existing farm trucks run on fossil fuel. As our meat processing facilities come on line we need to initially power the commercial refrigerators and freezers though the electric company while we work on a medium-term plan to offset that energy use with solar.
We are ramping up our lamb and beef programs with a goal of providing a consistent source of local meat to the community. Our forestry program has recently planted about 2-acres of native plants and canoe crops that are already yielding banana, sugar cane, sweet potato, taro and more for our community.
Our strongest expression of local resilience is our forestry program and our partnership with Hālau Kea‘alaokamaile and the native Hawaiian community to develop a community forestry resource.
CONSERVATION & RESTORATION
We have a conservation plan for the property with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). In order to preserve the watershed, conserve water and prevent runoff we have designed a system of six ponds, which capture surface water for agricultural use. Two ponds are complete and construction for the other three will begin soon. An on-site native plant nursery and in-ground seed bank are being nurtured to provide stock for continued native forestry.
A key concept we are applying to preserve farmland is to limit the sizes of the housing lot, pooling the additional land back into farmland. Each housing lot will still have plenty of space for individual home-owners to have their own vegetable gardens or small fruit tree orchards if they so desire.
As the housing community is built out and the homeowners association is formed, we will model a consensus approach to governance.
The first two homes have just been completed and are certified LEED GOLD. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system
Hālau Kea‘alaokamaile and the Hōkūnui Forestry staff have been leading the way for us in respectfully engaging with the Hawaiian community, and with conducting community education in the cultural practices, uses and care of native plants.
In the area of environmental responsibility our forestry, water and energy programs are all outstanding. .In terms of pasture management, we use animals as part of the methodology to restore the soil. We are working hard to strike the right balance of number of animals on the land. Having overgrazed several years ago after a period of less rain than usual, we have adjusted the livestock grazing practices. The pastures are now lush and healthy as result of having made recent great strides in the regeneration of the soil.