State ready to put estate lands to work
HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii is ready to put the Galbraith Estate lands to work.
Hawaii News Now says the state is ready to turn the area into an agricultural hub by inviting Hawaii farmers to come work the land.
The state acquired more than 1,700 acres of estate lands in December 2012 in a move that keeps the land from being developed. Farmers who invest in the land will get access to packing and processing facilities and a stable water source in nearby Lake Wilson. The thousands of workers who would be hired will live at Whitmore Village.
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz says Wahiawa used to be a thriving agricultural community. He says he hopes the seeds planted there will lead to economic growth in Wahiawa.