With the closure last December of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar’s (HC&S) sugarcane plantation, most of its former fields in Central Maui now sit fallow. Some cattle graze on a small portion, and the company has made moves to grow bioenergy crops and sell about 850 acres to Maui County for use as an agriculture park. But despite interest from a number of farmers wanting to use the remaining former cane lands, HC&S has claimed that none have been willing to commit to cultivation without some assurance they will have access to adequate, affordable water.
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