NEIL ABERCROMBIE                                                                                                          ...
Ms. Sue SakamotoMarch 2 1, 2013Page 2Increased Food Security and Food Se(f-Sufficiency Strategy, which was developed throu...
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  1. 1. NEIL ABERCROMBIE GOVERNOR OFFICE OF PLANNING JESSE K. SOUKI STATE OF HAWAII DIRECTOR OFFICE OF PLANNING 235 South Beretania Street, 6th Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Telephone: (808) 587-2846 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2359, Honolulu, Hawaii 96804 Fax: (808) 587-2824 Web: No. P-13926 March 2 1, 2013Ms. Sue SakamotoHawaii Department of AgricultureSpecialty Crop Block Grant Program - Farm BillAgricultural Development Division1428 South King St.Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-2512Dear Ms. Sakamoto: The State Office ofPlmming supports the Taro Security and Purity Task Forces proposalto conduct a survey oftaro lands on Oahu. The state legislature created the Taro Security and Purity Task Force in 2008 with thepassage of Act 21 1. The Task Force includes one representative from each of the following:(1) Office of Hawaiian Affairs; (2) Department of Agriculture, (3) Department of Land andNatural Resources, (4) the University ofHawaii, (5) Onipaa Na Hui Kalo, and (6) the HawaiiFarm Bureau Federation. The Task Force also includes representatives from taro farmingcoinmw1 ities. Tn general, the purpose of Act 211 was to encourage and support the farming oftaro. We understand that the project will accomplish the following objectives and outcomes.The overall objective is to develop a map that is easy to update and compatible with stategeographic information system (GTS) map formats, which can be used as a tool by state agenciesand community groups to identify taro lands that may be suitable for restoration. The long-termobjective is to protect these unique lands and boost taro cultivation to help support sustainabilityand food security initiatives. Oahu was chosen as the first island, because it faces the greatestdevelopment pressure and has the largest population to feed. However, if successful, this modelcould potentially be used to create simi lar inventories on the other islands. The project willprimarily be achieved through locating and mapping lands under state jurisdiction on Oahu thattraditionally were used to cultivate taro through an archival map and document search;interviewing cultural practitioners, farmers, and others; conducting field surveys; and using GIStechnology. The maps will be accompanied by a narrative describing the condition of the landsin terms of overgrowth, presence of supporting infrastructure, and current use. This project proposal could potentially provide better information to governmentdecision-makers in many areas, including county and state land use planning and permittingdecisions. This effort is also consistent with several objectives of the Office of Planning s,
  2. 2. Ms. Sue SakamotoMarch 2 1, 2013Page 2Increased Food Security and Food Se(f-Sufficiency Strategy, which was developed throughstatewide agency and stakeholder coordination and published in December of2012. TheStrategy is available for review at We look forward to the outcome of this important project.c DOA DLNR Joan Conrow, TSPTF Grant writer, tsptfgrants@