|Miloli'i Canoe Club is back in action with practices starting this Tuesday. Its quiver of canoes includes the historic koa canoe,|
the Malolo, shown here. Photo from Miloli'i Canoe Club
President of Miloli'i Canoe Club, Elroy Reyes, was born and raised in Miloliʻi and was one of the founding members of the club when it reorganized in 2015, with help from Pa'a Pono Miloli'i. Reyes said the 2015 relaunch came after 81 years of no involvement in statewide canoe racing.
|Saturday was registration day for the 2022 paddling|
season. Photo from Miloli'i Canoe Club
|Miloli'i Canoe Club President Elroy Reyes, left, with the Malolo, a koa|
canoe built in 1928 by his great grandfather, Kekumu Kawaauhau.
Photo by Katie Graham
Those who would like to support the Miloliʻi Canoe Club, can consider a monetary donation. More details on donating can be found at paaponomilolii.org/projects/milolii-canoe-club.
Miloli'i Canoe Club paddlers celebrated a victory, one of many achievements before the pandemic. They start practice on Tuesday for the 2022 season. Photo from Pa`a Pono Miloli'i
KA`U COFFEE FARMERS GRAB LAND - AND CONTROL OF THEIR FUTURES is the headline of a Honolulu Civil Beat article published during the past week. It is written by Civil Beat agriculture writer Thomas Heaton from New Zealand, who was on the ground recently in Kaʻū to talk with food, tea and coffee farmers, ranchers and other community members for a series of stories.
The Kaʻū Coffee story notes that among the coffee growers, "Many are former sugarcane plantation workers who, when their employer went bust, started one of the most renowned coffee regions of the world."
The story reports the coffee lands are being sold by Resource Land Holdings, which less than six years ago, paid $1,666.66 an acre for a 6,000 acre, $10 million purchase in Kaʻū. The coffee lands are about 300 acres within the large tracts of ranch and coastal lands, forested hillsides and gulches that Resource Land Holdings purchased. The coffee farms were started under licensing to growers by the former sugar plantation that shut down and later sold the lands.
|Delvin Navarro, right, with his Ka'u Coffee being photographed for a 2019 cover story in Japan Airlines magazine, plans|
to purchase his farm. He talked to Civil Beat for its story published this past week on the sale of Ka'u Coffee farms.
Photo by Julia Neal
The Civil Beat story reports RLH's subsidiary Kaʻū Mahi's representative Jim McCully saying the coffee farms have been valued, for sale to the farmers, between $12,000 to $21,000 an acre.
McCully told Civil Beat that when RLH bought the property, "it was still zoned in such a way it would have been classified as a 'luxury ag subdivision' which would have priced the farmers out entirely." The Civil Beat story reports McClully saying that "he worked with the Hawai'i County’s planning department to lower the prices and reclassify the lands as purely agricultural."
The story says that dozens - nearly half the coffee farmers - are going for the purchase. Some told The Kaʻū Calendar they have no choice but to try to buy, as they fear other people will gobble up the properties. A few coffee growers are paying cash and others are going for low interest government and private loans. Some farmers said that they hope the loan payments will cost them only a little more than the rent they pay to Kaʻū Mahi for using the land.
|Moa'ula is included in a Civil Beat story about Kaʻū Coffee lands being sold, with first option to farmers.|
Photo by Julia Neal
Read the Civil Beat story with more quotes from the Kaʻū Mahi representative and coffee farmers Delvin Navarro and John Ah San. The story also quotes Chris Manfredi, a former Moa'ula and Pear Tree coffee land owners' representative, who is now a coffee broker, Hawai'i Coffee Association President, and an organizer of Kaʻū Coffee Festival.
LOCALICIOUS HAWAI'I ART & VIDEO CONTEST for students K-12 is open for submissions through Feb. 28. Sponsored by the Hawai'i Agricultural Foundation, the competition is entitled Producing More than Produce. It is presented by Hawai'i
Students are invited to submit entries of original artwork or video to support Hawai'i's agricultural industry. "The contest challenges students to use their creativity to showcase the importance of our local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen to our community," says the call for submissions.
|Hawai'i Agricultural Foundation's 2020-2021 Overall Art Winner, Aileen Kang's Hawaiian Poke Bowl|
All submissions must be exclusively student-created and cannot incorporate anything, in whole or in part, that is owned or created by any third party. The eight winning entries will be part of a special
stationery set featuring the winning pieces of art and PSAs.
To find out more and to enter see https://www.hawaiiagfoundation.org/localicious-hawai%CA%BBi-art-and-video-contest/