Eatin' good in the Hawaiian agrihood
Kuwili Lani. Photo by Big Island Sustainable Homes LLP
A first-of-its-kind residential community in Hawaii, where residents will be encouraged to grow their own food, soon will take shape on the state’s big island.
Officials have OK’d the development of a sustainable agrihood on Hawaii Island, giving final approval to subdivision and property that now is available to the public, according to Big Island Now.
Pursuit of development of the site took more than a decade by Big Island Sustainable Homes LLP, the developer behind Kuwili Lani, which means “to embrace the heavens.” The community was designed in response to demand from people looking to live in Hawaii who are mindful of the environment.
Infrastructure has been completed with lots within the gated subdivision ranging from mid-$200,000 to mid-$300,000.
Featuring 11 one-acre vacant lots zoned Ag-1 for agricultural use, Kuwili Lani is a planned, intentional community designed to have an environmentally low impact.
Situated along the Hāmākua Coast above the village of Laupahoehoe, careful consideration and planning went into every aspect of living in the subdivision.
The site features green rolling hills and sweeping Pacific Ocean views. But the primary focus is on sustainable living.
Emphasizing independence from the energy grid and wise use of natural resources, the community includes an array of renewable energy systems, including photovoltaic and wind systems and a combination of water catchment and county potable water.
Residents are encouraged to grow their own food, taking advantage of the region’s rich growing conditions.