Turtle Bay Mauka Agricultural Lands

Turtle Bay, North Shore, OahuPhoto credit: Sean Davey

Forty-five minutes from Honolulu, the Kamehameha Highway cuts inland as it runs by Turtle Bay, a picture-perfect coastal resort. On the Mauka, or mountain side of the highway, a patchwork of small fields run from the road to the base of the mountains, where local farmers grow a bounty of delicious produce. A nearby roadside market offers the farm's bananas, plantains, tomatoes, eggplants and other local delicacies to local residents and passersby.

In April 2016, The Trust for Public Land along with a number of partners including the North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT), secured the protection of the 468 acres of productive farmland in Kahuku - permanently dedicating the land to agricultural uses and removing the constant threat of development. This conservation success allows continued farming practices that help promote stable and sustainable food production in a state where more than 85% of food is imported and there is less than a week's supply of food in stores at any given time.