77 HOOKELE ST SUITE 202 KAHULUI HI 96732
2010 MAUI SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS ANNUAL REPORT
DLNR Division of Water & Land Management USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Serving Hana SWCD West Maui SWCD Central Maui SWCD Olinda-Kula SWCD
Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts Island of Maui Vice President Joloyce Kaia
The individual Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are legally constituted, self-governing units under the Hawaii Soil and Water Conservation Law, Chapter 180, Hawaii Revised Statutes. The Island of Maui is comprised of four Districts: Olinda-Kula, Hana, Central Maui, West Maui. All of the Directors and Associate Directors that serve on the SWCD Boards are volunteers. Over the last 50 years, the 4 Maui Districts have been leading soil and water conservation efforts within their respective Districts. In partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the SWCDs are poised to meet the needs of local agricultural producers and the community through conservation planning, and technical assistance with Best Management Practices (BMPs) or conservation practices. In some instances, an agricultural producer with an approved conservation plan may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the USDA-NRCS Farm Bill to implement the conservation practices identified on their conservation plan. The SWCDs also assist local agricultural producers with grading, grubbing and stockpiling concerns. Under paragraph C of Chapter 20.08.030 of the Maui County Soil and Sedimentation Control Ordinance, District cooperators with a SWCD approved conservation plan can apply for an exemption to the County’s grading, grubbing and stockpiling ordinance. The Maui SWCDs also provide conservation planning assistance to agricultural producers leasing land from the State of Hawaii. A SWCD approved conservation plan is required to fulfill the lease agreement. In addition to conservation planning, the Maui SWCDs sponsor several island wide conservation efforts. The SWCD sponsored South Maui Watershed Project will assist the community with identifying resources problems and developing a plan of addressing those problems in hopes of enhancing water quality along the Southwest Maui coast. The SWCD sponsored Planning and Engineering Study for Storm Water Reclamation in Maui County-Kula will evaluate and prepare alternatives for capturing and storing storm runoff to alleviate drought impacts Upcountry. The Upcountry Watershed Project is an agricultural distribution pipeline that aims to provide a reliable source of agricultural water to Upcountry producers from Kimo Road to Keokea. The SWCD sponsored Lahaina Watershed project will provide Lahaina town with much needed flood protection. The Maui SWCD also participates in community outreach activities. Each year the SWCDs sponsor the Conservation Awareness Program, a national land judging contest for 8th –12th grade students who are interested in learning and understanding local soil and water resources. The SWCD also sponsor a scholarship program, awarding annual college scholarships to outstanding Maui students interested in pursuing studies in agricultural or environmental sciences. Our work is truly a collaborative effort of all our partners. The Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts and the Maui SWCDs recognize and appreciate the support and efforts of the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, USDA-NRCS, U.H Cooperative Extension Service, Mayor Charmaine Tavares, Maui County Council, Dept. of Public Works and Environmental Management, Office of Economic Development, Dept. of Health, Coastal Zone Management, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development and all of our cooperators who are working hard to conserve our island’s resources. The SWCDs would also like to thank our Washington DC legislative team, Governor Linda Lingle and Hawaii State Legislators for their continued support. Mahalo,
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CONSERVATION in the Community 2010
Annual Conservation Awareness Program Robin Shimabuku, UH Cooperative Extension Agent (2nd left) conducting a train the trainer session in preparation of the Conservation Awareness Contest. Duane Iwamura, Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus; Ben Vinhateiro, Oahu SWCDs Conservation Specialist; and Michelle Watkins, HACD Executive Director learn how to recognize and name types of soil. Field office staff, Kahana Stone, James Ino, John Astilla, Ranae Ganske-Cerizo, and Leo Smock-Randall preparing site and scorecards for contest
Conservation Specialist, John Astilla teaching Baldwin High School students on how to indentify soil type by feeling the texture of several soil samples.
from Baldwin, Maui, St. Anthony, and Kamehameha High Schools and a 4-H Group from Seabury Hall participated in this year’s Conservation Awareness Contest on the sunny slopes of a former Maui Pineapple Company field in Haliimaile. The Land Judging Contest, a partnership between the Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, is the culmination of the Conservation Awareness Program. This year’s participating students used their knowledge about the physical features of soil, factors affecting land use and classification to evaluate 3 sites for the contest. The contest not only provides students with a fun way to learn about local soil and water resources, but it also taught them how to recognize resource concerns and how to address them with conservation practices. For the second year in a row, the 4-H team had the highest team score for the Maui contest and earned an opportunity to represent Maui at the State Land Judging Contest on Kauai.
1st place team - 4-H Dirt Devils from Seabury Hall, Jared Shimada, Tyler Yamada, Haley Murayama, and Justine Malek with Jay Nobriga, West Maui SWCD Chairman and HACD Executive Director Michelle Watkins
During the State contest, Kauai High School, followed up last year’s State contest win with another , earning an opportunity to represent the State of Hawaii at the National Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, due to commitment issues, the Kauai team was not able to go to Oklahoma this year.
Hana Soil and Water Conservation District The Hana Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the NRCS , is available to provide agricultural producers within their district with technical assistance to address resource problems on their property. The Hana SWCD is also available to provide conservation planning assistance for agricultural producers interested in leasing land from the Department of Land and Natural Resources or for current lessees that need to fulfill their lease agreement
Hana SWCD Directors (L-R) JoLoyce Kaia, Scott Crawford, Annette Smith, and Susie Cuffe
Sue Cuffe owns and operates Hana Fantasy Company, an Exotic Hawaiian Tropical Flower farm located along the historic and scenic road to Hana. She has successfully completed her EQIP Contract. It consisted of 13 contract items, ranging from a Water Harvesting Catchment and Micro-Irrigation System to Pest and Nutrient Management Practices. Congratulations Suzie for putting Conservation on the ground. Carl Hashimoto Soil Conservation Technician
This parcel is located in Kipahulu, and is under a lease land agreement with the Department of Land and Natural Resources to graze goats, cattle and raise bananas. In order to hold a lease with DLNR, lessees are required to develop a conservation plan for the operation and property. The Hana SWCD provides technical assistance and planning services for ag producers interested in leasing DLNR managed land. Contact the Hana SWCD at (808) 871-5500 ext. 3 for more information on conservation planning services and on monthly scheduled Hana SWCD meetings.
West Maui Soil & Water Conservation District
James Nobriga Chairman
Megan Webster Director Ian Swezey Secretary
Kimo Falconer Treasurer
Howard Hanzawa Director
Two Students Receive Conservation Education Scholarships
Wes Nohara Associate Director
Martin Luna Associate Director
Leonard Costa Associate Director
The West Maui SWCD is pleased to announce its annual scholarship award of $2500.00. The scholarship fund is divided equally between a student from Lahainaluna High School (a West Maui SWCD area school) and Seabury Hall (winning school of the 2009 Island of Maui Conservation Awareness Program Contest). The purpose of this scholarship is to give financial assistance to a student who is planning to major in agriculture, conservation, environmental studies, or a related field.
Marlon Domingo Associate Director
Inanna Carter of Seabury Hall plans to attend Harvard University and major in environmental science. She currently holds a 4.1 GPA. Her interest in the environment began with growing up in Huelo, Maui on a organic farm. Inanna was an intern with the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, and has volunteered for various community service projects such as invasive species control, native plant restoration in Kula and Kalaupapa, and Hawaii Nature Conversancy mural painting. Samuel Kiek is a scholar athlete of Lahainaluna High School, with a 3.7 GPA. He plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa and would like to pursue a career in environmental biology. Aside from basketball and baseball, Samâ€™s extra-curricular activities includes 4th grade tutoring program, Lahaina coastal and beach cleanup, umpire and coach Lahaina Little League, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and the Lahaina Plantation Days event. Congratulations to Inanna and Samuel. They will each receive a $1250.00 scholarship from West Maui SWCD to further their education.
Lance Nakamura Associate Director
Dave Minami Associate Director
WMSWCD directors meet with Shane Catterick, HI State Dept. of Transportation Inspector regarding the Lahaina Bypass Project as it relates to the Lahaina temporary flood control measures and Lahaina Watershed Project.
Photos by Maggie Kramp
Lahaina Watershed Project Background Over 30 years ago, under the leadership of former Chairman Buddy Nobriga, West Maui SWCD requested federal assistance from SCS (currently known as NRCS) for authorization of Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act, Public Law 83-566 funding to resolve flooding problems in Lahaina. The community demand for flood control was greatest after storms, especially 1997 and 2003. Closure of Pioneer Mill in 1999 reduced land and runoff management in the upper watershed. Delays due to funding and priorities, West Maui SWCD installed temporary flood protection measures above Lahaina in 2000 and have been inspecting and maintaining the temporary system since then. West Maui SWCD also continued to lobby for funding and implementation of the Lahaina Watershed project.
Estimated Cost: Phase 1: $4.2 million (funded) Project is under construction Phase 2: $4.0 million (not funded) Design completed, FY 2011 budget Phase 3: $5.5 million (not funded) 60% design completed NRCS, FY 2012 budget Phase 4: $3.0 million (not funded) FY 2013 budget Phase 5: $3.0 million (not funded) FY 2014 budget Total: $19.7 million Project Benefits: Protection of people’s lives and property, protection of ocean environment, protect businesses and public areas. 200 homes 35 condominiums 160 commercial buildings 4 public facilities
Problem: 1880-1980—over 25 damaging floods
Timeline: 1980 1992
Project Initiated NRCS Authorized
January 15, 2010
Construction Photos by USDA-NRCS and the County of Maui Project Finally Breaks Ground
Updated Guidelines for Livestock Waste (Nutrient) Management Available at a Cooperative Extension Service Near You Photos by GK Fukumoto
Prepared by: The University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Cooperative Extension Service In Collaboration with: Hawaii State Department of Health West Maui Soil & Water Conservation District USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest Region 9 and Industry and Agency Partners Hawaii Egg Producers Association Hawaii Pork Industry Association Hawaii Cattlemenâ€™s Association Hawaii Fresh Milk Industry
This document, Guidelines for Livestock Waste Management, dated January 19, 2010 supersedes the June 1996 Guidelines for Livestock Waste Management in its entirety. Hawaii has many regulations that may affect the livestock industry. The Guidelines are intended to provide guidance to existing and new animal feeding operation (AFO) owners/operators on the existing federal and state regulations. The regulations have been promulgated to ensure a safe and clean environment. More specifically, the primary area of focus of the current regulations is to protect the state waters by minimizing the water pollution from animal feeding operations and the land application of manure. On October 31, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) finalized revisions to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements and Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Standards for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). These revisions went into effect on December 22, 2008. Most animal feeding operations are not expected to be affected by the newly revised regulations. The revisions to the applicability portion of the regulations will require existing AFO operators to reevaluate their current livestock management practices and determine if their facility discharges or proposes to discharge to surface waters. These Guidelines contain examples of best management practices (BMPs) and best available technology (BAT) that new and existing operators can utilize for their nutrient/waste management in order to reduce the pollution potential from their animal feeding operations. The information contained herein is an attempt to provide the operator with enough understanding to balance their operations both economically and environmentally. As with everything else, new technology and practices emerge daily. A good example is the portable dry-litter pig pen developed by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii. The State of Hawaii Department of Health is encouraging all new and existing animal feeding operations to use waste management systems that appropriately reuse the waste stream, such as composting, and reduce the liquid waste stream. New regulations will undoubtedly be promulgated. As such, these Guidelines will be revised periodically to update the owners/operators on the BMPs, BATs, and regulations.
Phase 1, Planning and Engineering Study for Storm Water Reclamation in Maui County- Kula District Continues …...
Central Maui SWCD
Doug MacCluer Chairman
Randall Moore Secretary
Scott Meidell Treasurer
Under Chapter 180 HRS, Central Maui Soil and Water Conservation District has the responsibility to: “Provide for and encourage surveys, investigations, and research relating to soil and water conservation and publish and disseminate information concerning such subjects”. In keeping with its responsibility, the Central Maui SWCD is continuing Phase 1, Planning and Engineering Study for Storm water Reclamation in Maui County- Kula District in support of the State of Hawaii Commission on Water Resources Management’s Hawaii Hazard Mitigation Plan and the County of Maui Drought Mitigation Plan. The Study will evaluate and prepare alternatives for capturing and storing storm water to alleviate drought impacts to agricultural producers and improving agricultural supply and distribution. The Study will also include an inventory and assessment of agricultural water needs, agricultural water sources and facilities, and economic, social and environmental issues associated with drought mitigation measures in the lower Kula region. This project is funded by Act 238, SLH 2007 State Appropriation. The Central Maui SWCD is partnering with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to acquire technical assistance, collect data, technical analyses, and study report preparation. Central Maui SWCD Conducts Field Trip to Address Concerns
Reny Platz Director
Bobby Brooks Director
Low water levels at Kahakapao and Waikamoi Central Maui SWCD Directors meet with DWS and NRCS due to concerns raised on the integrity of the Waikamoi Flume
Jimmy Gomes Director
Wes Nohara Associate
Sharon Sawdey, NRCS Civil Engineer inspects intake. Sharon was assigned to the Kula Stormwater Reclamation Study Darren Strand Associate
Richard Sylva Associate
Doug MacCluer takes a look at the structure that needs repair Photos by Maggie Kramp
100-Year Legacy of Pineapple Continues on Maui Over 1000 acres and related facilities were taken over from Maui Pineapple Company by Haliimaile Pineapple Company, Ltd. The owners and directors of the new venture are Pardee Erdman, owner of Ulupalakua Ranch; Doug Schenk, Doug MacCluer and Ed Chenchin, all retired Maui Pine managers; and former operating directors of Maui Pine until it closed, Darren Strand and Rudy Balala.
Governor Linda Lingle issued the following statement regarding Haliimaile Pineapple Company and the plan to continue pineapple operations on Maui: “The formation of Haliimaile Pineapple Company and its plan to assume pineapple operations from Maui Land and Pineapple Company is welcomed news for Maui and the entire State of Hawai‘i. “I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than with preservation of 65 agricultural jobs and the prospect of creating more jobs for our residents in the long-term. The new company and the ongoing cultivation of pineapple on Maui will help stimulate our economy and also inject a boost of confidence in what has been a challenging year. “I want to thank the individuals who remained committed to finding an innovative way to revive pineapple operations on Maui. Their collaborative efforts will help preserve an important part of our culture and heritage, while charting a new course for the future of the pineapple industry in Hawai‘i.” 2010 Ag Sustainability Day at the Hawaii State Capitol
Photo by Maggie Kramp
Doug MacCluer pictured with Governor Linda Lingle, and Rudy Balala at the Maui Gold display table.
South Maui Watershed Project
Robin Knox of Water Quality Consulting, Inc. heads the first Watershed Advisory Group meeting at the Pacific Whale Foundation education building in Kihei. This meeting introduced the South Maui Watershed Project to stakeholders and potential Watershed Advisory Group members.
Potential Watershed Advisory Group (WAG) members participate in a discussion on the South Maui Watershed-based planning effort.
The Southwest Maui Watershed-based Plan is an effort to protect and restore water quality in the Hapapa, Wailea, and Mooloa watersheds. The planning effort is sponsored by the Central Maui Soil and Water Conservation District and funded by Hawaii Department of Health with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds. The Watershed Advisory Group and a Steering Committee have been conducting monthly planning meetings with Stakeholders in the 50,000 acre planning area. The first of four public education meetings was held on April 29, 2010 to introduce the planning effort to the community. The education and outreach component of this project includes raising public awareness about water quality and watershed planning by engaging the public in water quality monitoring efforts sponsored by local groups. The project is currently in the watershed characterization phase. The watershed advisory group meets at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary on South Kihei Road. Contact Watershed Coordinator Robin Knox for more information at (808)281-6416 or email@example.com.
Pacific Whale Foundations Whale Day Event was a great opportunity to raise public awareness about watershed processes and the watershed planning effort. Water quality scientist, Robin Know, teaches children about watersheds.
OLINDA KULA SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT The Upcountry Watershed Project By Elskin Allan
Progress on the multi-phase Upcountry Watershed Project continues with the recent award of two construction contracts and an additional design contract. The Upcountry Watershed Project is an agricultural distribution pipeline which will ultimately transmit non-potable water from a bypass at the Olinda Water Treatment plant to agricultural users throughout upcountry Kula. The system will consist of a main distribution pipeline with 8 lateral pipelines to convey water downhill to agricultural users. Construction contracts were awarded this year for distribution pipeline Phase IV, consisting of approximately 2,500 feet of 20-inch diameter pipeline, and Phase VI-A, consisting of approximately 3,900 feet of 8-inch diameter pipeline. In addition, the construction for Distribution Pipeline Phase V and the Pulehuiki Road Lateral are expected to commence shortly, pending finalized land access agreements.
Garret Hew, Director; Paul Otani, Chairman; and Alan Nago, Director
Neil Nakamura Secretary-Treasurer
Clark Hashimoto Director
Robin Shimabuku Associate Director
Eddie Perreira Associate Director
Design of future phases, including the Waiakoa Lateral, Kealahou Lateral Phases 1 and 2, and Distribution Pipeline Phase VI and VII are also currently in progress. Still in the planning phase are the Kaonoulu Lateral, Waiohuli Lateral, and the extension of the main distribution line to the Keokea Lateral. Project partners, including the OKSWCD, NRCS, the State Department of Agriculture, and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply, remain committed to the project and continue to pursue additional project funding, land access rights, and community support.
Project stakeholders meet to discuss Best Management Practices for the construction of an Access Road to Phase V of the Upcountry Maui Watershed Project. Photo by Elskin Allan, NRCS Civil Engineer
HELPING PEOPLE HELP THE LAND
NRCS and District Staff (Top L-R): Kahana Stone (NRCS Soil Conservationist), Maggie Kramp (SWCD Administrative Assistant), Ranae Ganske-Cerizo (NRCS District Conservationist), Elskin Allan (NRCS Civil Engineer), Leo Smock Randall (NRCS Soil Conservationist), (Bottom L-R) Carl Hashimoto (NRCS Soil Conservation Technician), John Astilla (SWCD Conservation Specialist), James Ino (NRCS Resource Conservationist), missing in photo Andrea Thompson (Soil Conservation Aid)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service partners with Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and others to provide technical and some cost-share assistance to private landowners. Our main goal is to protect, enhance, and preserve our soil, water, air, plants, and animals using sound science and expertise. Participation in our programs is voluntary. Our area of coverage includes: East Area:
State of Hawaii Territory of American Samoa West Area (formerly Pacific Basin Area):
Territory of Guam Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Federated States of Micronesia Republic of Palau Republic of the Marshall Islands www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov
The cooperative efforts between the USDANRCS Kahului Field Office and the Maui SWCD personnel provided technical assistance to more than fifty land owners and operators this year. The 2008 Farm Bill Program and Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) addresses soil, water, air, plants and animals at various levels of resource treatments on grassland, non -industrial forest land, organic and conventional cropland. Currently, the 2010 EQIP funding reserved for the island of Maui is $1,467,595.00. The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program addresses agricultural production on cropland, hayland, pastureland, rangeland, grassland, and non-industrial private forest land. The 2010 AMA funding reserved for the island of Maui is $290,471.00. The Farm Bill programs require that each participant enter into an agreement to practice and maintain their operations according to NRCS standards and specifications. Currently the NRCS Kahului Field Office manages over 150 active Farm Bill conservation plans which results in soil savings, coral reef and marine health, reduction of sedimentation, improving of endangered species habitat, control of invasive species, reforestation of native riparian buffers and declining habitats. The Hawaii Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a federal-state partnership developed to encourage conservation and environmental sound practices on degraded lands. The Kahului USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA), Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife and NRCS are all partnering together to help agricultural landowners address specific environmental issues on their property. CREP will reduce sedimentation and nutrient runoff, improve coral reef health and marine diversity, and restore riparian forest and wetland buffers by planting primarily native vegetation and controlling non-native invasive species. James Ino, County Resource Conservationist retired on December 31, 2009. Congratulations to James and his accomplishments in “Helping People Help the Land” for 35 years. We miss James! Currently the position is vacant and hopefully will be advertised soon. I would like to thank all of our partners for their continued support throughout the years. NRCS recognizes and appreciates the support and efforts of Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts, HACD, Maui County Farm Bureau, Mayor Charmaine Tavares, Maui County Council Members, Department of Public Works and Environmental Management, Department of Health, Department of Land and Natural Resources, UH Cooperative Extension Service, Maui Invasive Species Committee, Environmental Protection Agency, USDA- Farm Service Agency and the Tri Isle Resource Conservation & Development. Mahalo & Aloha, Ranae Ganske-Cerizo District Conservationist
Non Industrial Private Forest
Photo by J. Astilla Leo Smock-Randall, NRCS Soil Conservationist
What is Non Industrial Private Forest (NIPF) Land? NIPF Land is rural land with current tree cover or that is suitable for tree establishment. Under the NRCSâ€™ Environmental Quality Incentive Program private landowners, partnerships and cooperatives can partner with the NRCS to develop a Conservation Plan based on the siteâ€™s resource issues and their forestry objectives. With that plan they can work with NRCS to apply for EQIP funds to implement a variety of planned forest management practices for 75 90% of estimated cost. Contact the Kahului Field Office at 871-5500 to find out more details.
Profiles in Conservation Each year the NRCS Kahului Field Office services a number of agricultural producers and landowners with addressing resource concerns on their land. Through conservation planning, the big picture of resource management is made more evident, providing the cooperators with an understanding of what a resource concern is and alternatives in addressing the problems. In some instances, financial assistance may be available to address those concerns through the USDA-NRCS Farm Bill Program. The Farm Bill covers a wide range of resource concerns such as erosion, invasive species management, and inefficient irrigation systems. The following cooperator profiles showcase some of the success that has been gained through conservation planning.
Lokelani Ohana NRCS has been providing assistance to Lokelani Ohana to improve soil quality in their taro fields while reducing erosion from crop fields and access lanes and an irrigation system with intake adjustment/filtration that will reduce water loss and improve efficiency of water use.
The NRCS Farm Bill participant for this property receives technical assistance to manage invasive species and to create habitat for native species through tree/ shrub establishment. The conservation plan will also address soil quality improvement and managing the property for the benefit of wildlife.
DML Plants and Produce LLC Thomas Pascual, owner/operator of DML Plants and Produce LLC in Waihee, stands next to â€œTropic Sunâ€? Sunnhemp (Crotalaria juncea), a green manure crop gaining popularity among many Maui agriculture producers. Some benefits of including a green manure crop in the normal crop rotation are a reduction in fertilizer inputs, reduced herbicide and pesticide input, increased soil organic matter, longer moisture retention in the soil, and protection from erosion . Thomas produces variety of Asian vegetable crops such as okra and winged-beans and fruits such as papaya and pineapple. He has been working with NRCS since 2008 to ensure that his operation has very little impact on the environment and that the natural resources on his land are protected.
David P. Niehaus Enhancing Native Plantings from Kaliae, Maui to the slopes of the West Maui Mountains is David’s passion. David’s land is located in Waikapu Maui at an elevation ranging from 800 to 2,000 feet. The 2009 WHIP project aims to establish native tree/shrubs with natural rainfall. This may be a challenge due to the annual rainfall ranges between 20-35 inches with extreme dry summer months. Plants will be selected on their drought tolerance and habitat formation. Noxious weeds such as Christmas berry and lantana have impacted the growing area and will be controlled prior to planting any native trees and shrub.
Fernando Traje grows vegetable crops in the Kula Agricultural Park such as round onions, long beans, zucchini, eggplant, and taro. Traje farms two ag lots, totaling 36 acres of cropland, and has entered into three Environmental Quality Incentive Program contracts with NRCS. The contract objectives include reducing soil erosion, increasing organic material in the soil, increasing irrigation water efficiency, and managing nutrient application and noxious weeds.
Photo by NRCS Civil Engineer, Elskin Allan
The owner/operator of this property will manage invasive species and increase habitat for native species, andcombat invasive insect pests in cropped area, reduce topsoil erosion and manage property for wildlife benefit. NRCS is providing technical assistance to implement conservation practices such as Critical Area Planting, Mulching, Tree/ Shrub Preparation, Pest Management, Tree/Shrub Establishment, Upland Wildlife Habitat Management, Filter Strip, Structure for Water Control.
Issac and Gladys Kanoa stand amongst noni trees and ti plants with their newly installed micro irrigation system. Issac and Gladys Kanoa grow a variety of crops including ti leaf, pohole fern, noni, and taro on their farm in Keanae. The Kanoa’s are participants in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program and are working with NRCS to minimize impacts to the environment in which they farm. Their management includes minimal chemical input and organic fertilizer selection. The Kanoa family farm has been growing food and medicinal crops for generations, and has recently expanded their operation to include libations as well. The ti root they grow will go to supply distillers of the traditional handcrafted liquor, Okolehao.
Hale Akua Garden Farm In 2009 the Sunrise Center, Inc. operating as Hale Akua Garden Farm started working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop a conservation plan for their 4 acre organic farm. In addition they applied for and were awarded an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic contract to implement a variety of conservation management systems over the next 3 years. The folks at Hale Akua have already begun implementing several of the agronomic management practices such as mulching, crop rotation, cover crop & integrated pest management. Also planned this year are some more long term conservation practices including a composting facility, wind barriers, vegetative barriers for erosion control and tree & shrub establishment in an Agroforestry setting. Following that an irrigation system is schedule to improve system efficiency and water conservation. Many of the practices available through the EQIP Organic Initiative are required management to become certified Organic under the USDA National Organic Program. The Organic Initiative is part of the NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Nu’u Mauka Ranch LLC Andy Graham of Nu’u Mauka Ranch, Kaupo is in the process of enclosing 930 acres of Upland Wildlife Habitat. This 2006 WHIP project is to promote native reforestation on the SouthSoutheast slopes of Haleakala Mountain that borderlines west of the Kaupo gap at elevation ranging from 1,000 – 6,400 ft. NRCS personnel utilized Game Proof Fencing and Upland Wildlife Habitat to allow the following benefits: decrease feral ungulate activity, increase native plantings and minimize soil erosion with native plantings. Andy Graham worked in collaboration with Leeward Haleakala Watershed Partnership (Art Medeiros) and Kaupo Ranch to ensure closure of the 930 acres.
A DeCoite Ranch LLC leases this land in Nahiku to graze 50 to 100 head cattle. NRCS is providing technical assistance to address guava and turkey berry with mechanical and chemical B r u s h Management. To ensure a good quality and quantity of forage, assistance is provided for pasture and hay planting and developing a prescribed grazing system that allows the Ranch to rotate livestock between smaller paddocks. Kahana Stone, NRCS Soil Conservationist
This 3.7 acres of Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program land consist of guinea grass and black wattle. The prior use before signing on to the AMA program was for grazing sheep and goats. The new plan proposes to grow the full 3.7 acres with dryland taro. The owner currently has an existing 3 acres of dryland taro and wants to enhance his operation by controlling noxious and invasive weeds, increasing soil organic matter with cover crops, developing an efficient irrigation system, and developing a nutrient management plan that meets both his production objectives and protects the surrounding environment from overfertilization.
Wes Nohara President
Gilbert S Keith Agaran Vice-President
Stuart Funke-d’Egnuff Executive Director
Evelyn Peterson Administrative Assistant
Jeff Pearson Secretary
Nina Magbual Financial Assistant
The Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. (TIRCD) is an independent non-profit, community-based organization that promotes and facilitates community development and natural resource conservation. Tri-Isle RC&D primarily serves the islands of the Maui Nui, Hawaii. TIRCD’s three-person staff works with the Council and partners with the Natural Resources Conservation Service through the NRCS RC&D Coordinator.
Michael Brady NRCS Coordinator
TIRCD ended 2009 with $9.8 million granted for 114 projects. While most grants come from local and state agencies, the grant sources include federal and private monies. TIRCD administers projects in agriculture, water resources, land conservation, as well as community development and cultural resources.
Agriculture The Council has continued to successfully implement the Maui and Molokai Agricultural Development Program that provides assistance to producers of food products in an 80:20 cost share program designed to assist new and existing agricultural development. For 2009, $50,000 was granted to 6 producers on Moloka`i, while 4 projects received $68,000 on Maui. TIRCD also provides administrative assistance to the Upcountry Agricultural Fair on Maui.
Watershed restoration projects, partnering with the East Maui, Leeward Haleakala, West Maui and Lanai Watershed Partnership groups have been granted well over $3.5 million. These projects work to restore native species while also working to manage invasive species. The Fireweed Project provides assistance to the control and management of fireweed for cattle producers. TIRCD assisted 28 boats as part of the ongoing Ma`alaea Boat Effluent Pumpout project. The South Maui Corridor ADP – Cycling Sprouts in a Greenhouse project has evolved into an ongoing park, trail, and shoreline restoration project for which TIRCD is seeking additional funding. The Roi Roundup Project is a series of three dive competitions for local divers to compete in teams to gather Roi, an invasive introduced species affecting the health of the reef.
Land Conservation and Management. In addition to the watershed restoration efforts, TIRCD has obtained funding to further the goals and objectives of the Maui Invasive Species Council (MISC). Other environmental activities target conservation measures for forest birds, endangered turtles, and the Greek Seal. The Kamaole Dune Restoration continues. TIRCD also administers the Body and Soil Conference, a WiliWili research project,
Community Development and Cultural Resources Teens on Call target teens to provide community assistance, while Project Graduation provides non -alcoholic alternatives for celebrating high school graduation. Local promotion efforts also include the Wailuku First Friday, Upcountry Fair, Chinese New Year, and Aloha Festival support. TIRCD continued operating the Lana`i Redemption Center while it edged closer to starting construction on the Lana’i Recycling Center. Deer Guard - Lana`i Exotic Species Control and Native Species Protection
As 2009 ended and 2010 began, the numbers and total amounts of administered projects was increasing. Development Projects for Moloka`i were being considered for transfer to TIRCD.
The Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts sincerely appreciates and thank the Maui County Council Members for their active support for SWCD program in Maui County.
Mahalo to Our Partners Federal
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is the main technical assistance provider for the 16 SWCDs in Hawai‘i.
USDA Farm Service Agency administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency strives to protect human health and the environment nationwide.
USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities. Danny Mateo Council Chair Jo Anne Johnson Council Member
Gladys Baisa Council Member
Department of Land & Natural Resources has a wide range of responsibilities, ranging from land management and permitting to historic preservation and natural resources conservation.
Department of Health - Clean Water Branch aims to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawai'i. Michael Molina Vice-Chair
University of Hawai‘i Cooperative Extension Service provides science-based information in agriculture, natural resources and human resources. Michael Victorino Council Member
Bill Medeiros Council Member
Coastal Zone Management Program promotes a sustainable coastal environment by building upon our heritage and inspiring island stewardship. County:
The County of Maui have been long standing supporters of the SWCDs in addition to its many services they offer.
Joseph Pontanilla Council Member
Non-Profit Wayne Nishiki Council Member
Sol Kaho'ohalahala Council Member
The Maui County Council Members are our strongest unifying factor in the soil and water conservation movement. They help our program with financial aid, and believe the soil and water conservation district program will preserve our community for future generations.
Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation promotes local farming by analyzing issues and formulating actions to ensure the future of Hawai‘i agriculture. Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development improves the capability of state and local agencies in rural areas by focusing efforts and assistance on individual producers.
The Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the people of Maui want to express our thanks and appreciation to the following Senators and Representatives for their active support for our Districtâ€™s program in Maui County. Due to their efforts, the Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been able to accomplish their objectives. We are fortunate to have legislators that believe farming is the backbone of our community, and soil and water conservation programs will preserve it for future generations. They have helped out program with financial aid locally and statewide.
Senator Rosalyn Baker
Senator J. Kalani English
Senator Shan Tsutsui
Representative Kyle Yamashita
Representative Gilbert S. Keith Agaran
Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey
Representative Joe Souki
Representative Joe Bertram III
Representative Mele Carroll
Farmers, Ranchers, Fishermen and Country Home Owners NEED AN AGRICULTURAL LOAN? To purchase open land, build a dwelling, operating loans, line of credit, equipment purchase, truck or automobile purchase, livestock purchase, refinance a mortgage or agreement of sale, etc. Both the Federal Land Bank Association of Hawaii, FLCA and Hawaii Production Credit Association can custom design a loan to meet your needs. We offer long term loans up to 30 years, short term loans from 1 to 10 years, competitive interest rate programs, flexible repayment schedules, excellent loan servicing options, etc. We also have programs for Young, Beginning, Small and Minority Farmers.
CALL ONE OF OUR LOAN OFFICERS OAHU OFFICE • 2850 Pa'a Street, Suite 100, Honolulu, HI 96819 • Phone: 808-836-8009 • Fax: 808-836-8610 • www.hawaiifarmcredit.com HILO OFFICE • 988 Kinoole Street, Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: 808 836-8009 • Fax: 808 961-5494 NEIGHBOR ISLANDS • Toll Free 1-800-894-4996 FCS of Hawaii, ACA is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide system of leading agricultural financial institutions which started in 1917. FCS of Hawaii, ACA has been doing business in Hawaii since 1966 through its subsidiary the Federal Land Bank Association of Hawaii, FLCA. The FCS of Hawaii, ACA is not a Federal Agency of the Federal Government.