Maintaining water systems for the community
Sponsored by Grove Farm Company Inc.
As a kamaaina company, Grove Farm is committed to leading Kauai’s community and economic development while being a responsible steward of its aina. As HI Now celebrates Kauai Week, host Jobeth Devera visited the farm to learn more about its mission and vision.
The Grove Farm staff of 13 manages 38,000 acres of land made up of three former sugar plantations. While the farm hopes to build a more sustainable Kauai, its mission also includes focusing on sustainable water.
“When sugar went out, we sought to diversify our land uses. Today, our lands include 12,500 acres dedicated as Important Agricultural Lands, which can only be used for agriculture,” explains Arryl Kaneshiro with Grove Farm. “Besides agriculture, our lands provide for many renewable energy initiatives, housing and economic development.”
Everything at Grove Farm is focused on building a sustainable Kauai. It aims to move the island towards a sustainable future to promote island-enhancing initiatives for a tomorrow where future generations can have a meaningful quality of life, a variety of economic opportunities, housing choices, educational options and healthy lifestyles.
In order to move Kauai towards sustainability, Kaneshiro emphasizes that water is an integral component in this mission.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Mount Wai’ale’ale, one of the wettest spots on earth with an average rainfall of 400 inches a year,” she says. “Our wise ancestors and hardworking generations before us developed the most intricate water systems to provide for their way of life. While there is no longer sugar and its heavy demand for water, these systems remain vital to our present existence.”
As an example, the Lihue water system is the source for this surface water treatment plant that serves over 15,000 residents between Puhi to parts of Kapaa. It provides for ranchers, farmers, civic centers such as the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center, the state’s Lihue Gateway project, Judiciary, KPD and Vidinha Soccer Fields. It serves the Kauai Community College Go Farm program and irrigation, Island School and Kawaikini. Water from these systems serve the state’s ADC lands, and the system was used to provide for the lands that is now DHHL’s Wailua lands.
Grove Farm spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to maintain its water systems, and recognizes the importance of these systems as many people depend on them.