Read the Land Licenses between ADC and KAA:
Starting in 2007, shortly after the end of the sugar plantations in west Kaua‘i, the state of Hawaii (through its state Department of Agriculture arm called Agribusiness Development Corporation, or ADC), licensed thousands of acres of former sugar cane lands west and mauka of the town of Kekaha. Those former sugar cane lands are on the Mana Plain.
Prior to the sugar plantations, these licensed lands were vibrant wetlands and habitat for many species of birds, plants, waterlife, fish and estuarial ecosystems, rice paddies, taro l'oi and other Hawaiian cultural and ahupua‘a practices. Those rich wetlands ecosystems disappeared over the 100+ years of plantation land and water management.
Large-scale land alteration and needless water wasting continue under current land licenses (including those listed below) and under a Restated and Amended Memorandum of Agreement Between State of Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corporation and Kekaha Agriculture Association (originally entered into on April 1, 2007 and amended on Aug. 29, 2008).
Read some examples of ADC land licenses held by KAA members:
License Agreement No. L-08202 between State of Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corporation as Licensor and Syngenta Seeds, Inc., a Delaware corporation as Licensee (December 4, 2007)
License Agreement No. LI-K0803 between State of Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corporation as Licensor and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., an Iowa corporation as Licensee (April 1, 2008)
License Agreement No. LI-K0801 and LE K-1201 between State of Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corporation as Licensor and BASF Plant Science L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company as Licensee (April 1, 2008)