Honolulu officials are poised to approve a long-planned development that would replace nearly 1,300 acres of prime farmland in West Oahu.
No one really knows if this is a problem for a state that ships in at least 85 percent of its food from the mainland, because no one really knows how much usable farmland is left. The most recent city study was conducted by a consultant who has also worked for the project developer.
The City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee is expected to vote this week on a rezoning that would pave the way for Hoopili, an 11,750-home development envisioned between Ewa and Kapolei. The issue would go next to the full Council.