Mauna Kea Farms, LLC (Pa’auilo, Hawai’i)
The clients were seeking a farm system that yields a healthy diversity of organic, nutrient dense food and medicine, while also improving the ecological integrity of the parcel as a whole.
Following are some of the clients’ other aims:
- We cultivate economically viable agricultural commodities that thrive at our site, but that cannot easily be grown elsewhere on Hawai’i Island. Importantly, we help increase the food self-reliance of Hawaii, by catering our food crops to the nutritional needs of Hawai’i’s resident population.
- The maturing farmscape is increasingly resilient to the effects of climate chaos.
- We increase farm self-reliance as much as possible.
- The farmscape serves as an inspiration and benchmark for encouraging current and future residents in the subdivision to be ‘āina minded land stewards.
- Our home is a beautiful sanctuary for relaxation and enjoyment to share with family and friends.
- Food + Medicinal Garden
- Biological Orchard
- Home-scale Nursery
- Riparian Habitat Restoration
- Shiitake Mushroom Log System
- Initial Site Assessment (PDF)
- Goals Summary Statement
- Site Analysis Summary
- Slopes Analysis Summary
- Design Concepts (2ct)
- Final Master Plan
- Farm Implementation Timeline
- Multipurpose Plant Palette
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