Though we still believe Hawai‘i’s Milk Should Come from Hawai‘i, it is with deep disappointment that we announce Hawai‘i Dairy Farms will not continue its plans for a pasture-based dairy farm on Kaua‘i.
We are so grateful to all of you who have supported this dream by standing up in support of local agriculture and the potential to provide fresh milk for our island residents. Your kind words and care for our community are amazing. We hope you will continue to advocate for local agriculture to thrive.
As the most isolated, populated landmass in the world, Hawai‘i must continue to work toward a more resilient local food system that can feed our entire community.
While we were unable to find a clear regulatory path forward for this innovative and sustainable model of dairy farming, Ulupono Initiative remains committed to its mission of increasing local food production for Hawai‘i.
If our state is to achieve its ambitious goal of doubling local food production, more must be done to create an environment in which commercially viable agriculture can succeed. This is why we are working with Grove Farm and others to find an alternative path forward for local food production in Maha‘ulepu Valley.
To learn more, please read the press release here.