Land Leasing Contacts and Resources

This list is an ongoing compilation of resources designed to assist in exploring potential land leasing or acquisition opportunities for renewable energy companies.

Government Land

Federal, state and county agencies own approximately half of the land in the state of Hawaii.* These parcels represent large tracks of land that have been used for a multitude of purposes to include: agriculture, industrial, cultural, aviation, landfill and municipal waste facilities.

Many of these parcels are underdeveloped and occasionally vacant, providing an opportunity for renewable energy companies to explore long term lease arrangements. Each agency may have specific processes for submitting lease applications; therefore, contact the specific agency for greater details. Please note that this listing is provided for informational purposes only and the availability of land to lease per agency is subject to change without notice.

Important:

Tip #1  Every developer beginning their due diligence on leasing government land must first be aware of the statutory requirement HRS Chapter 343 Environmental Impact Statements pertaining to conducting mandatory environmental assessments and, if required, environmental impact statements.

Tip #2  Agencies such as the Department of Land and Natural Resources are also permitted under certain conditions to lease public land to renewable energy producers without requiring a public auction under HRS 171-95.  Please review the statute for further information.

1) Listing of State Agencies:

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Hawaii Community Development Authority

Department of Agriculture 

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

2) Listing of Federal Agencies:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Energy Program (808) 471-0440

Private Land

Private land ownership in Hawaii comprises approximately 37% of land in the state.* Exploring the availability of land to lease with large private landowners is an avenue that many renewable energy companies are pursuing.

1)This is a summary list of the top private land holders by island. Full listing by island and sector can found here: State of Hawaii Office of Planning Hawaii GIS Program

Island Owner  Acreage
Kauai Robinson Family 50,670.60
Grove Farm 36,138.50
Alexander & Baldwin 20,239.70
Kamehameha Schools 10,876.00
Princeville Dev LLC 4,562.40
Hawaii Kamehameha Schools 297,109.00
Parker Ranch 106,883.00
Yee Hop 21,637.00
W.H. Shipman 16,808.20
Kahuku Aina Properties 16,423.20
Lanai Lawrence Ellison 89,188.00
Hawaiian Electric Co 5.2
Roman Catholic Church 1.1
Hawaii Conf. Foundation 0.5
Maui Alexander & Baldwin 92,864.80
Haleakala Ranch 29,159.90
Maui Land & Pine 22,800.00
Ulupalakua Ranch 18,476.20
Wailuku Water 10,041.20
Molokai Molokai Ranch 58,417.60
Puu O Hoku Ranch 13,098.20
Kawela Plantation 5,523.50
Kamehameha Schools 4,936.70
George Brown 4,590.40
Oahu Kamehameha Schools 47,918.20
Castle & Cooke 29,437.50
Kualoa Ranch 3,691.80
Dillingham Ranch Aina LLC 2,737.80
James Campbell Estate 2,534.60
Robinson Kunia Land LLC 2,427.00

2) Hawaii Commercial Leasing web tools
These web pages are samples of online resources that provide timely and up to date listings of public and private vacant land and lots with site maps and photos for commercial development needs. Online membership may be required for full service.

The Commercial Investment Multiple Listing Service

Loopnet.com

CityFeet.com

Showcase.com                

*Estimates tabulated through DBEDT large landowner table via State of Hawaii Office of Planning Hawaii GIS Program

 

 

Important Notice:
Please note that the listings, the associations and contacts herein are provided for informational purposes only and are not meant to be all inclusive. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism does not endorse or certify the individuals, firms or businesses on these lists. If you are a firm that engages in the specialization of commercial scale renewable energy project development, finance, consulting or investment services, and wishes to be added to the content found in these following summary pages, we welcome you to contact us and provide your information for listing.  Please contact Cameron Black at cameron.b.black@hawaii.gov.