The theme of the evening will be the “Status and Future of UpCountry Agriculture.” Speakers will include the managers of two major upcountry ranches Haleakala Ranch and Kaunuolu Ranch. These ranches own thousands of acres from the Haleakala summit, through lower Kula, and down to South Maui. Their activities will impact Upcountry’s rural ambience and economic well-being.
Their viability affects the whole up country region. We hope to hear of their problems and plans for the future.
Also speaking will be Kupa’a Farms’ owner Gerry Ross. He will describe the issues being faced by many small farmers. Michael Reyes, Maui Environmental Consulting’s Senior Ecologist will discuss the County’s developing efforts to better control drainage problems on Haleakala’s slopes that lead to Kula roads being damaged and South Maui flooding.
Following speaker comments we will open the floor for audience questions. This should be an excellent opportunity for Upcountry residents to get an insight into a major economic component of our community. For more information: 808-878-1874.