Growing Local Agriculture in the Post-Plantation Era: How Can Planners Help?

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. HST

Honolulu, HI, United States

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The State of Hawaiʻi is in the midst of a profound change in agricultural land use.  In the last 30 years, the state has lost two-thirds of its intensive agricultural land use; witnessed an historic shattering of agricultural land ownership patterns; and has become embroiled in almost tribal contentions about what, who, where and how farmers and ranchers should conduct business in the future.  What role does planning play in response to these trends?  This 2016 World Town Planning Day lecture will look at the state’s current agricultural footprint and what it foretells about the shape of agricultural land use in the future.  Where does our local food come from and how do we grow more to feed ourselves and to contribute to vibrant rural communities?  The talk will raise some important questions for planners to consider, such as:  Is the State Land Use System still relevant in the agricultural-rural context?  Is agriculture a protected class of land use or an important business that the state needs to promote and nurture?  Has the state over-regulated water use and storage?  Is the process of designating Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) helpful statewide or does it also penalize farmers for farming?  Are Agricultural Lands of Importance in the State of Hawaii (ALISH) and the Land Study Bureau (LSB) soil maps still relevant in the identification of priority agricultural lands?  What role can the counties play in regulating agricultural lands in the State of Hawaiʻi?    


Krisnawati Suryanata

Krisnawati Suryanata is Associate Professor of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work utilizes a political ecology perspective to examine the globalization of agro-food systems, rural development, and community-based resource management. In Hawaiʻi, she has researched and published articles on diversified agriculture strategies, on volunteered labor in agriculture, and ... Read More

Kem Lowry

Kem Lowry is Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Research Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu. He is currently working on climate change adaptation projects in Hawaiʻi and Asia. He is Emeritus Professor and former chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and former director of the Program ... Read More

Jeff Melrose

Jeff Melrose is currently Project Manager for the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi, where he oversaw the preparation of an agricultural baseline study for the Hawaiʻi State Department of Agriculture. For the last 10 years he also taught an introductory course on land use planning to upper division ... Read More

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