Agriculture & Biotechnology

The roots of Maui’s agricultural history run deep and the industry continues to evolve to meet the global challenges of the 21st century with the help of agricultural biotechnology.
With over 320 days of sunshine each year, a variety of microclimates and a year-round growing season, the islands offer ideal conditions for product research and development. Maui continues to gain momentum in the state’s growing $150 million seed industry.
Some of the nation’s most competitive high technology tax incentives and over 240,000 acres of agriculturally zoned lands provide fertile ground for advancing the industry’s next generation of products and services.

Maui Agriculture and Biotechnology Firms

Company Products / Services
Alexander & Baldwin Inc A & B owns approximately 87,000 acres throughout Hawaii, with large concentrations on the islands of Maui and Kauai. The majority of these holdings was acquired over 100 years ago to support the cultivation of sugar cane. Today, these lands support diversified agriculture operations.
Alii Kula Lavender Nestled along the skirt of Haleakala mountain lay the gardens of Ali`i Kula Lavender, home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender.
Maui Cattle Company 6 ranches spanning over 60,000 acres of  prime grazing land with a vision to re-invigorate the agricultural lifestyle through the establishment of a sustainable ranching industry.
Maui Gold® Pineapple Company Maui Gold® pineapple is grown across 1,350 acres on the slopes of Haleakala. Maui Gold Pineapple Company’s main farming operation, together with its packing facility and administrative offices, is located in Hali‘imaile.
MauiGrown™ Coffee Grower of Ka’anapali Estate Coffee located on the West Maui Mountains near the historic town of Lahaina. The 500-acre estate grows several varieties of Arabica coffees.
Pacific Biodiesel Recognized as a renewable energy pioneer by local, national, and international organization. in 2017 it scaled-up farming demonstration to grow biofuel crops including sunflowers in Maui’s central valley.
Surfing Goat Dairy Dairy Farm located on the slopes of Maui’s Haleakala Crater in lower Kula has been producing award winning Gourmet Goat Cheeses.
Maui Wine Vineyards At an elevation of 1,800 feet above sea level, the 23-acre vineyard is home to Syrah, Malbec, Grenache, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, and Gewürztraminer grapes.
Ulapalakua Ranch Maui’s second largest cattle ranch, sprawling across 18,000 acres of land that begins at the ocean and rises to 6,000ft elevation.