The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has determined that the Hawaii deep-set longline fleet, which mainly targets bigeye tuna, killed one false killer whale (FKW) and seriously injured another within federal waters in... READ MORE
When the state committed to saving ag lands in Central O‘ahu, few had any inkling that the prospect would cost so much or take so long for farmers to start making the land productive.
But, as articles this month show, the agency charged with purchasing and peopling the land has little to show for its efforts. Little, that is, besides a slew of unanticipated problems that beggar an easy fix.
Language. Undercapitalization. Sanitation. Irrigation. But also trespassers, homeless camps, illicit drug use and prostitution – no one imagined the Agribusiness Development Corporation would need to deal with all this and more.
But most puzzling of all is the profligacy with which the ADC has spent public funds buying many of these lands, for full asking price and above appraised value.
It’s too late to negotiate for a lower price, but going forward, it may be appropriate to bring the ADC under the roof of the state’s procurement laws.