FACT CHECK – Hoopili Opponent: Aloun Farms is the Best Farmland in State

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UPDATED 9/7/11 3:36 p.m.

A plan to build a 12,000 home, master-planned community on prime farmland in Kapolei has attracted its share of supporters and critics.

In the opposing camp, detractors argue that the Hoopili development will cover up coveted farmland that supplies Hawaii with much-needed produce every year. The land is leased by Aloun Farms, owned by Alec and Mike Sou.

Developing the land, critics argue, will add to Hawaii’s food insecurity. Despite having optimal growing conditions, the state imports about 85 percent of its food.

Kioni Dudley, president of the nonprofit Friends of Makakilo and a vocal opponent of Hoopili, has made the following assertion:

“I have been quoted as saying that this is the best farmland in the state. I stand corrected by Dr. Goro Uehara, Professor of Soil Science at the University of Hawaii who has studied soils in many different countries. He says this is the best farmland in the world.”

Dudley confirmed this position to Civil Beat, saying that "when we say best, we mean it's the highest producing."

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