Townscape worked with Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) planners and DHHL beneficiaries to develop a new subsistence agricultural community on 766 acres in Honomū, South Hilo District, Island of Hawaiʻi. The Honomū Subsistence Agricultural Homestead Community seeks to provide native Hawaiians with an opportunity to return to the land and promote self‐sufficiency through farming opportunities. Townscape’s work contributing to this project included extensive community outreach with DHHL beneficiaries, the Honomū community, and government agencies.
Townscape’s work contributing to this project included extensive community outreach with DHHL beneficiaries, the Honomū community, and government agencies.
Townscape also oversaw subconsultants in archaeology, biology, LiDAR survey, civil engineering/infrastructure, and traffic to understand the project site. These site assessments, coupled with local community and beneficiary outreach, helped to shape a conceptual site plan proposing up to 375 parcels ranging in size from one to three acres. This concept was described in an Environmental Assessment that also identified impacts generated by the proposed project and mitigative actions to address those impacts. In April 2022, DHHL held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of its Honomū Subsistence Agricultural Homestead Community, which included 16 one-acre agricultural homestead lots.