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Farming in Hawaii is Not Easy or Cheap

Posted by Mark T2 on Monday, 20 February 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
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In response to 140603: Costs, posted by Mark S2 on Sunday, 19 February 2017, at 8:06 p.m.

Mark,

Again not to rain on your parade. I just don't want Mainlanders to get the idea they can live on a farm in Hawaii for $4000.00 a year. Also, I think you would agree that farming in Hawaii is not easy. Based on my experience, it is a full time job just to keep a 5 acre piece of ground in Hawaii clear of the weeds and relentless growth which wants to engulf you from day one. Keeping the land in agriculture as you say is even harder and depending on your lease you may have to pay a gross percentage of income from the farm. Also, I am seeing disturbing trend of more restrictive lease terms for lease which come up renewal.

What does it cost to buy and maintain the equipment and supplies to run the farm? Also, many times you have to work a full time job off the farm to make ends meet. In short, while the farming in Hawaii lifestyle might sound idyllic to the uninitiated, it really is not suited to the lifestyle of most people moving to Hawaii, let alone your typical mainland retiree coming to relax in their twilight years. For professional farmers the leasehold can be a good option since they can write off the full cost of the lease and they know what they are getting into to farm in Hawaii.


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