For much of Hawai‘i’s history, agriculture has played a dominant role in sustaining and shaping local communities, both economically and socially – so much so that agriculture is embodied in the Hawai‘i State Constitution, which calls for its protection and promotion.
Around 1000 to 1200 A.D., Polynesian voyagers arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, bringing with them precious edible and medicinal cargo including kalo (taro), ‘ulu (breadfruit), ‘uala (sweet potato), kī (ti), pua‘a (pigs), and moa (chickens). These “canoe plants” and animals were important to establishing and growing their new communities, and a number of varieties continues to be grown and raised in the islands.
In the 1800s, commercial agricultural operations – including cattle, coffee, sugar and pineapple – became the primary economic drivers for the islands, not only creating jobs and commercial activity but also providing for housing, infrastructure and community services, and shaping the islands’ diverse multiethnic heritage.
During the 1960s, tourism overtook agriculture as Hawaii’s top industry, and over time, large-scale sugar and pineapple businesses gradually contracted or ceased operations altogether. Nonetheless, agriculture continues to remain vital to the County of Maui as a source of diverse job opportunities, tax revenue, local food production, biosecurity, preservation of open space, and increased food security and sustainability.
Today, Maui County’s agricultural sector continues to evolve in new ways. Diversified agriculture, seed crops, aquaculture, hydroponics, canoe plants, farm-to-table pathways, and new products derived from local agricultural goods are among the many active elements within Maui Nui’s agricultural sector.
We invite you to discover the many ways to experience our local agricultural goods, and learn more about the resources and support programs available to agricultural producers in Maui Nui.
Supports, enhances, promotes & protects Hawaii’s agriculture industry + importing & exporting info
Supports the development & continued management of a sustainable regional agricultural system for Maui County
Offers scientific & technological research & development, as well as educational support
Comprised of farms & ranch families, agricultural industries & organizations who support agriculture in Maui County
Supports farmers for the benefit of all Hawai'i Nei through various scientific, educational & charitable activities
Helps the public connect with producers of certified organic crops, livestock & processed products
Works for the cattle producers of Hawai‘i in areas of education, promotion & research
Educates & elevates landscape practices, co-hosts annual Arbor Day Hawaiian tree giveaway
Promotes the industry, encourages the sending or giving of Maui flowers
Promotes Hawai‘i’s seed industry, the state’s fastest growing ag sector
Assists farmers, ranchers & private land users in making the best use of their natural resources
Administers & manages financial programs to improve the economic stability of ag addressing farm commodities, credit, conservation & loans
Offers technical & financial assistance for land owners & managers seeking to conserve soil, water & other natural resources
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