Over the past year, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. went from cultivating tens of thousands of acres of one of the thirstiest crops, sugarcane, to raising cattle, experimenting with biofuel crops on a tiny fraction of that land, and working toward securing lessees willing to be a part of its diversified agricultural plan for the area. So when hearing officer Lawrence Miike recommended last August that a mere 6.7 percent of the roughly 117.59 million gallons of water a day (mgd) HC&S’s parent company Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B), had in recent years . . .
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