Agricultural Land Use Baseline Study Update

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has released an updated 2020 Agricultural Land Use Benchmark Study that summarizes agricultural land use in the state. The newly released study adds new farmland use data for Maui County and now complements the 2020 benchmark report.

The first update of 2020 was released in May 2021 and included data for O`ahu, Hawai`i Island, and Kaua`i. It should be noted that the impacts of COVID-19 on agriculture are not reflected in the 2020 reports, as much of the data was compiled before the pandemic. The 2020 reports update data from the 2015 benchmark report.

With the addition of Maui County data, the 2020 benchmark report for the state has 886,211 total farm acres, a decrease of 27,050 acres, or minus 3% from 2015. acres of crops planted in 2020 was 120,632, a decrease of 31,199 acres or less. 21 percent. The loss of planted acres was attributed to the closure of the Hawai`i Commercial & Sugar Company in Maui in 2016, which removed 38,810 acres of cultivated acreage.

Base studies provide a wide range of maps and charts illustrating the location of cultures with island-by-island summaries. It is a snapshot in time intended to help industry, government and the community make decisions that affect agricultural land use in the state.

The 2020 updated reports and the 2015 report were written under contracts with the University of Hawaii at the Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory, which used technology from the geographic information and aerial imagery from multiple sources to digitally document the footprint of committed land on a commercial scale. statewide agriculture. Both reports are available on the HDOA website at:

“Basic Agriculture Reports are valuable for tracking the state of agriculture in Hawai`i and provide a gauge for long-term planning for the future,” said Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, President of Hawaii. Board of Agriculture. “Baseline data from 2020 will help determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in years to come and may help develop early responses to local, national and global crises.”

During this period, data shows that total farm acreage on the island of Maui fell 19% to 122,959 acres, primarily due to the loss of sugarcane production. Some of the acreage loss was partially offset by gains in other crops, such as diversified crops (+1,823 acres, or +115%), macadamia nuts (+606 acres, or +32% ), tropical fruits (+508 acres, or +488 percent). Pastures also increased (+6,794, or +6%). Crops that decreased acreage on the island were seed production and pineapple.

Click here for the 2015 and 2020 Agricultural Land Use Baseline Studies.

For more information:
Janelle Saneishi
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Phone. : +1 (808) 973-9560
[email protected]

Amalia H. Mercado