Dream House in Maui
Maui Farm Plan
Maui Farm Plan
by Eric Newman

To build a house on agricultural land in Maui you have to submit a Farm Plan Application to the Department of Planning for the County of Maui.  Basically you show how you intend on using at least 50 percent of the land for agricultural purposes.  Agricultural endeavors can be growing fruits or vegetables, flowers, trees, raising animals, pasture land, etc.  Many folks in Maui file a farm plan and then forget about it, but if you can follow your approved plan, that area is taxed at a lower rate.

I actually intend on fulfilling the farm plan.  Because the land is sloped, trees would be a better choice than crops.  I love Koa wood and native Hawaiian trees so the first thing I did was to plant over 50 native Koa, 'Ohi'a Lehua, and not-so-native Monkeypod and Teak trees. 


Farm Plan in Maui


ItemStructureDescription
1Farm Dwelling3,116 sq. ft. footprint
2Barn and Greenhouse1,080 sq. ft. footprint
36,000 gal. water tank
20,000 gal. water tank
113 sq. ft. footprint
314 sq. ft. footprint
4Septic Tank and Leach Field820 sq. ft. footprint
5Standpipe / Fire Hydrantn/a


ItemAgricultural ItemsArea (sq. ft.)Area (acres)
AMango, Papaya, Starfruit, Avacado, Pineapple, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Plumeria, Stephanotis, Tuberose, Kou (Cordia subcordata)6,923 sq. ft.0.1589 acre
BLawai Fern, Passion Fruit, Pohinahina, Naupaka6,284 sq. ft.0.1443 acre
CTerraced Walls: Taro, Sweet Potato, Lettuce, Pineapple11,256 sq. ft.0.2584 acre
DBananas1,757 sq. ft.0.0403 acre
EHybrid Plumeria for propagation1,539 sq. ft.0.0353 acre
FHardwood Forest: Acacia Koa, 'Ohi'a Luhia, Kuo (Cordia subcordata), Milo (Thespesia populnea, Monkeypod (Samamea saman), Teak (Tecona grandis), Black Bamboo (Bambusa lako, Gigantochloa atroviolacea, Dendrocalamus asper), Kamani (Calophyllum inophyllum)37,342 sq. ft.0.8573 acre
GPapaya, Plumeria, Ti1,020 sq. ft.0.0234 acre
HAcacia Koa, 'Ohi'a Luhia, Kuo (Cordia subcordata), Monkeypod (Samamea saman), Acacia Koaia, Aalii, Kamani (Calophyllum inophyllum)11,553 sq. ft.0.2652 acre
IKoi Ponds, Koi (Cyprinus carpio carpio)590 sq. ft.0.0135 acre
Agricultural Item Totals:78,264 sq. ft.1.7967 acres
51.33%
ItemAgricultural StructuresArea (sq. ft.)Area (acres)
2Greenhouse: Tomatoes, Lettuce, Orchids, Seed Propagation360 sq. ft.0.0083 acre
3Catchment Water Tanks exclusively for agriculture,
6,000 gallon and 20,000 gallon
427 sq. ft.0.0098 acre
Agricultural Totals:79,051 sq. ft.1.8148 acres
51.85%


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Clouds Reflecting of Water, November 3, 2010
Clouds Reflecting of Water
November 3, 2010
Taro on Top Terrace, January 16, 2011
Taro Growing on
Top Rock Terrace
Neighbor George Kahumoku Jr. Helping Harvest Taro, August 20, 2010
Neighbor George Kahumoku
Helping Harvest Taro
 Nine Monkeypod Trees Planted Along Path to Barn, November 9, 2010
Nine Monkeypod Trees
Planted Along Path to Barn
Barn with Cupola and Wind Vane, June 8, 2010
Barn with Cupola
and Wind Vane
Top Koi Pond Dug, April 30, 2010
Top Koi Pond Dug
April 30, 2010
Top Stream and Bottom Koi Pond Dug, April 30, 2010
Stream and Bottom
Koi Pond Dug
Terraced Walls with Stairs Viewed from Below, January 13, 2010
Terraced Walls with Stairs
Viewed from Below
Native Hawaiian 'Ohi'a Lehua in Bloom, April 27, 2009
Native Hawaiian
'Ohi'a Lehua in Bloom
Koa Tree, July 30, 2010
Koa Tree
July 30, 2010
Koa Trees on Slope Above House, August 12, 2010
Koa Trees on Slope
Above House
Bananas and Papayas, August 12, 2010
Bananas and Papayas
in Lower Clearing
20,000 Gallon Water Tank and Solar / Battery Operated Pump.  Mar. 6, 2009
20,000 Gallon Water Tank and
Solar / Battery Operated Pump
Water Tank and 160W Solar Panels
Water Tank and
160W Solar Panels
Gutter Catchment in Back of Barn, June 2, 2010
Gutter Catchment
in Back of Barn
Greenhouse with Plants, May 10, 2010
Greenhouse with Plants
May 10, 2010
Greenhouse Interior with Lettuce, April 29, 2010
Greenhouse Interior
with Lettuce
Thermostatically Controlled Waterbed Heater for Germinating Seeds, August 10, 2010
Thermostatically Controlled
Waterbed Heater
Sink, Potting Area, and Seed Starting Area in Greenhouse, August 10, 2010
Sink, Potting Area,
and Seed Starting Area
Lotsa Lettuce in Greenhouse, May 9, 2010
Lotsa Lettuce
in Greenhouse
Lawai Fern along Driveway, November 15, 2010
Lawai Fern Planted
along Driveway
Lawai Fern along Driveway, November 15, 2010
Lawai Fern Planted
along Driveway
Lawai Fern along Driveway, November 15, 2010
Lawai Fern Planted
along Driveway






For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life.

— Herman Melville







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Introduction

Things to do on Maui

The Bare Lot

The Initial Planning

The House Never Built

The Building of the House

Catchment Water Design

The Farm Plan

Terraced Walls

Outrigger Canoe

Canoe Hut

The Building of the Barn

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