Palawai Basin Agricultural Planning

FOOD SYSTEM INCUBATION ON THE FORMER PINEAPPLE ISLE 

As part of an island wide sustainability plan, Rana Creek collaborated with Lou Cooperhouse of Food Spectrum Inc., the University of Hawaii, and other specialists in designing a plan to integrate invasive Axis deer management with food system incubation, reforestation and resource recovery for  Lāna‘i. Currently, 20,000 acres of former pineapple fields lie fallow in the caldera, while 90% of food is imported, and costly.  Furthermore, the aquifer is depleted, deforestation persists, and the landfill is nearing capacity.  With an understanding of the deer population (16,000+), reproductive rates, hunting takes, cultural values, mobile processing unit capacity, market for high-quality venison, biomass calculations and applications of nutrients for agricultural soil generation and waste-to-energy recovery, aquifer recharge rates with relation to native forest cover, current and projected water availability, current and projected food production targets, and agricultural irrigation demand, Rana Creek designed a system integrate island food production goals with invasive species management, groundwater recharge, reforestation, resource recovery and quality of life improvement for the community. 

 

Completed

2014

Client

Pulama Lāna‘i

Location

Lāna‘i, Hawaii 

Team

Pulama Lāna‘iLāna‘i Culture + Heritage Center,  Food Spectrum, Inc., Les Fuchigami, University of Hawaii, Mari's Gardens, RM Towill, Maui County

HISTORIC DOLE ERA IMAGE COURTESY LANAI CULTURE + HERITAGE CENTER

HISTORIC DOLE ERA IMAGE COURTESY LANAI CULTURE + HERITAGE CENTER