Board Talk: Board Bemoans Tepid Response To Auction of Big Island Ag Lands

posted in: October 2016 | 0

“it’s deep dirt. It gets loads of rain …” Board of Land and Natural Resources member Chis Yuen said of the seemingly perfect 6.7-acre lot in Hakalau.

“And if you live on the Big Island, you dream of dirt,” land agent Gordon Heit added.

But at the public auction held by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources on August 23, there was only a single bidder, Yun Yan Huang. Huang won a 30-year lease for the land at the upset rent of $1,700 a year.

The result of that auction, at which two other . . .

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